Update 12-13: North Fork Trail Removed From Latest Omnibus Lands Bill
During the frantic final days of the lame duck session of Congress, it appears that the Wilderness proposal for the Monongahela, including the North Fork Trail, will not be included in a possible omnibus lands bill.
However, it is still possible that an amendment that would put the Monongahela back into the omnibus could be added from the floor, if the legislation is introduced.
IMBA will continue to monitor the situation, and will follow up with an action alert if needed.
Info from previous alerts:
Join IMBA and the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association in urging members of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee to protect bike access to West Virginia's North Fork Trail.
This trail provides some of the most desirable riding in the state, and it's part of the Spruce Knob trail system that IMBA designated as an Epic last year (photo at right).
Now, a pending Wilderness bill, proposed by Rep. Alan Mollohan [D-WV1], threatens to permanently end bike access to the most iconic section of the North Fork Trail. Additionally, the ridge itself would be effectively reduced to an out and back ride, as the southern access point crosses private land.
Take Action! Urge House committee members to help adjust H.R. 5965 to protect mountain bike access on the North Fork trail.
Find your representative online. Your comments are particularly valuable if you live in the district of a Representative who serves on the Natural Resources committee.
Rather than a Wilderness designation IMBA would like to strengthen the resource protection language of the existing legislative designation of the area. Currently, the North Fork Mountain area is protected as National Recreation Area. One way or another, we believe bike access to the North Fork Trail can and should be preserved.