Comments Needed in Support of Bike Access in Lake Tahoe Plan
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released its Draft Revised Management Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin in California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe has long been a destination for all styles of mountain biking, offering iconic trails such as the Flume Trail and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
This plan will help frame the USFS management of mountain biking in the Tahoe Basin. IMBA needs you to speak out in favor of bike-friendly strategies.
For more information, check out the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association's analysis of the plan.
Below are the IMBA talking points to help frame your comments:
- We support "Alternative B." The preferred alternative is a well-thought-out, scientific approach to managing this treasured landscape for years to come.
- We encourage the USFS to engage in a non-motorized trail planning effort that will provide the Lake Tahoe Basin with a diverse set of trail experiences and connectivity to areas around the lake and to other public lands that border the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
- We are in favor of the USFS making recommendations to Congress for permanent management designations (such as a National Scenic Area designatiion for the Dardanelles Inventoried Roadless Area) to preserve pristine backcountry mountain bicycling rides.
- We are not in favor of the Wilderness proposals as described in options C and D. It would be a major blow to recreation in Lake Tahoe if bicyclists lost access to the high-calliber, world-famous trails in these areas.