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Help the BLM Guide Recreation Planning in Western Oregon

Love Oregon trails? Then speak up!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Western Oregon Region is embarking on a strategic planning process to guide its future efforts. The new strategic plan will set a high-level vision, overarching goals and strategies for the BLM, including managing its outdoor recreation resources.

Act now! The BLM is seeking public feedback, and IMBA is calling on all Oregon mountain bikers to provide comments to the BLM about recreation in Oregon on its lands.

You have one week—comments are being accepted via an online comment form and are due by Friday, August 21.

IMBA has provided some sample comments below but the more personal your feedback, the better. There is a great deal of information on the BLM website so, if you have the time, please familiarize yourself with the material. Find it here.

This process has influence and relevance over other public lands throughout the whole state of Oregon. BLM lands in portions of eastern Oregon will soon be undergoing similar planning and its leaders will look to this current process as a litmus test of the public’s desires.  

Because of competing priorities, IMBA is working to ensure that pedal-powered recreation is a significant piece of the strategic plan, as trails and access are important to Oregon’s culture, health economy and recreation.

The BLM offers an interactive map where you can explore the region and find your favorite mountain biking areas. Click on the map to deliver comments about a specific geographic location.

Popular MTB areas to consider commenting on:

  • Sandy Ridge
  • Wilson River
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountain of the Rogue
  • Carpenter Bypass
  • Alsea Falls

What to say:

  • Let the BLM know that mountain biking is important to you and that it should be prioritized in their planning process.  
  • There are multiple different management proposals that have been generated, but please mention that you support “Alternative D,” as it will be the most friendly to mountain bikes. (There are some flaws to this alternative, so the best way to make your comments heard is to target them to directly reflect your specific mountain biking priorities, i.e. talk about where you love to ride and why.)
  • We mountain bikers know that wild places and fat tires can go hand-in-hand with good management, so let the BLM know that landscapes with “wilderness characteristics” can still incorporate trails and should remain open to bikes.

Thank you!

 

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