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Southwest Land Plans Need Input from Mountain Bikers

IMBA is involved in many federal planning processes in the southwestern region, three of which have upcoming comment period deadlines. This means mountain bikers can speak up as volunteer advocates and give input to see more and better mountain bike trails. When mountain bikers are engaged throughout these planning processes, we see success in creating, enhancing and protecting great places to ride. (Above photo by Leslie Kehmeier: Caliente, Nevada)

 

More Trails In Lincoln County, Nevada:

This BLM assessment will determine whether to authorize the development of up to 145 miles of multi-use mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian trails, the development of up to eight trailheads, up to three campgrounds, up to 25 miles of access roads, and will improve signage on motorized and non-motorized routes. IMBA has been working with partners to make Lincoln County the next great mountain bike destination for several years. Read more about the long-term effort and 2017 progress on the IMBA blog, and more about the trail plan from the BLM.

Speak up by December 29!
More Trails in Lincoln County

 

Mountain Biking Opportunities in Tonto National Forest:

This plan does not include specific on-the-ground projects, but comments can help guide the larger-scale management recommendations that arise from this step in the planning process. It is important for the Forest Service to know mountain bikers want additional trail milage and do not want to see additional recommended Widerness, which could lead to a Wilderness designation that prevents mountain bike access. Instead of recommended Wilderness, mountain bikers can support protections that allow for current and improved mountain bike access. IMBA and its Phoenix-area chapters, Rim Country Mountain Bike Association and Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association, have been engaged in this plan for a few years.

Speak up by January 12!
Increase Opportunities in the Tonto

 

Better Backcounty Rides in Gila National Forest:

Mountain bikers can help steer this process by providing comments supporting backcountry access and emphasising the exemplary stewardship mountain bikers demonstrate. IMBA has been engaged with Gila National Forest staff on this process, focusing on maintaining and improving access in remote backcountry locations including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). Again, it is important for the Forest Service to hear that mountain bikers do not want to see additional recommended Wilderness, which could lead to a Wilderness designation that prevents mountain bike access. Instead of recommended Wilderness, we can support protections that allow for current and improved mountain bike access.

Speak up by January 12!
Better Backcounty in the Gila

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