For Immediate Release 10-28-2011
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115
Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced today he will sponsor the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. IMBA and its local affiliate the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance (MMBA) are pleased to support the bill.
Baucus’ decision comes after attending public listening sessions in August and analyzing input from Montanans with diverse backgrounds and interests. “IMBA supports this act for two reasons," says Ashley Korenblat, IMBA’s Public Lands Director. "First, it would establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area — a bike-friendly designation that will protect and enhance recreational, scenic and ecological values. Secondly, the act calls for a study of non-motorized recreation trail opportunities, including mountain bicycling.”
Bob Allen of MMBA says, “We are disappointed that the act would close the southern half of the Green Rierdon Loop to bikes, but we sincerely appreciate the overall goals of act, and Senator’s Baucus’s commitment to the public lands. Establishing the Conservation Management Area would be a big step forward, as it offers an important means to protect a natural area without excluding bicycling."
“The Rocky Mountain Front is a sportsmen’s paradise and considered worldwide as a crown jewel of the West. We have an obligation to protect our outdoor heritage for our kids and grandkids. It’s also critical for our economy to protect the treasures that bring people to Montana to open businesses, work, live and raise their families here,” said Baucus. “This is a balanced bill and a great example of a Montana-made proposal future generations will be proud of.”