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Comments Needed on Mammoth Cave National Park Trail Plan by July 18

Public comments are now being accepted regarding a special regulation to designate four bicycle routes within Mammoth Cave National Park. Your support of enhanced bicycle access is critical.

Take Action Use our online form to file comments in favor of mountain biking at Mammoth Cave. Enter your personal information, and copy the suggested text into the final field of the web form.

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The 2008 Comprehensive Trail Management Plan (Plan) for Mammoth Cave was developed through a collaborative public input process that considered the desires of different user groups and the needs of the park. The success of this project demonstrates the ability of trail users to work together and develop win-win solutions.

Two new trails, the Connector and Big Hollow trails, will be constructed for bicycle use and the existing Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike and White Oak trails will be opened to bicycles.

Most visitors visit Mammoth Cave to see the incredible network of limestone caves. The additional trails will provide visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of the surface landscape as well. The trail system has been designed to offer a range of opportunities that cater to riders of all skill levels and engage in meaningful National Park experience.

This is a chance to establish an important precedent that bicycles are a low-impact recreational opportunity that is compatible with the mission of the National Park Service. We need to let National Park Service know that our community still supports the local efforts for improved access for mountain biking in Mammoth Cave National Park.

Register your support with IMBA and we will incorporate your comments on why this special regulation should be promulgated. After completing the information at the bottom of this alert, IMBA will submit the following comments on your behalf.

PLEASE PASTE THE FOLLOWING TEXT INTO THE "ACTION ALERT MESSAGE" FIELD IN THE WEB FORM BELOW. Your participation and comments will be entered into the public record.

To U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

RE: Regulation Identifier Number, (RIN) 1024-AD80

I strongly support the proposed special regulation to allow bicycles on the Connector Trail, Big Hollow Trail, White Oak Trail and the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail. The 2008 Comprehensive Trail Management Plan was developed with substantial input from the local community of trail users, including equestrian users, mountain bikers and hikers. The accompanying Environmental Assessment considered the potential environmental impacts in exhaustive detail, including sociological impacts of adding bicycles to the trails. Bicycling is a low-impact sport and will make a good addition to recreation opportunities at Mammoth Cave National Park. Adding opportunities for cycling is an excellent way to ensure park relevance with youth and develop future conservation stewards.

 

This advocacy effort is part of IMBA's Public Lands Initiative.

 

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