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Support Mountain Bike Trails in New York's Moose River Plains Wild Forest

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) is seeking public comments on an amendment to the Moose River Unit Management Plan for mountain bike trails. The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County, and the Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County.

IMBA Trail Solutions has provided an ambitious and detailed plan for up to 100 miles of mountain biking trails in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. The recommended phasing in of the plan allows for smaller steps that may serve as a learning process surrounding communities and agencies. This unique landscape provides a variety of terrain and geology that is suitable for a stacked-loop trail system, providing trail experiences for beginning riders and advanced riders.

IMBA is asking New York mountain bikers to submit a quick email expressing support for this plan and IMBA's recommendations. 

Comments should be submitted by midnight January 30, 2015 and can addressed to McCrea Burnham. Visit this page and click "send us

The IMBA position is as follows:

1. IMBA supports the conceptual plan provided by IMBA Trail Solutions for up to 100 miles of sustainable mountain bike trails. These trails will be built as a stacked-loop trail system to accommodate varying levels of skill.

2. IMBA supports realigning old logging routes to create a singletrack trail experience. Many existing trails within the forest are old logging routes and don’t provide the trail experience mountain bikers are looking for when recreating. To create a singletrack trail experience, these trail alignments should be moved to adjacent sideslopes. Moving these alignments to adjacent sideslopes will also allow for water management and eliminate water-based erosion issues. Many old logging routes were not designed with long-term sustainability in mind.

3. IMBA requests that trail alignments above 2,000 feet be developed where necessary.

Thank you for your support.