After many months of negotitation, IMBA and the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance (MMBA) support the majority of S 268 Forest Jobs and Recreation Act introduced by U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). The bill includes 35 units, totaling 1,019,764 acres. IMBA and MMBA support 30 of the units in their entirety and are requesting boundary adjustments in the remaining five. The changes would lead to a net reduction of Wilderness (23,419 acres), and a net increase (16,319 acres) of Recreation Management Areas.
Montana suffered through devastating trail closures in recent years, with 120 miles closed in April and another 360 in July. In response to these closures, IMBA hosted a trails conference in Montana to discuss land protection options, and to explore trail opportunities throughout the area. A cross section of stakeholders attended the conference, leading to the identification of nearly 1,000 miles of existing and new trail opportunities. “While some new construction will be needed, many existing trails simply need maintenance. IMBA’s experience in trail design, permitting and funding will be very useful in creating these opportunities,” said Jonathan Klein, from the U.S. Forest Service’s Madison Ranger District.
Call to Action!
Sign IMBA's petition in support of the Montana Wilderness Act.
Senator Tester's bill was re-introduced to the 112th Congress and received a hearing May 25.
IMBA Clubs Active in this Campaign:
- Montana Mountain Bike Alliance
- Prickly Pear Land Trust
- Great Divide Cyclery
- Billings Bicycle Club
- Flathead Fat Tires
- Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club
- Great Falls Bicycle Club
- Helena Bicycle Club
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About IMBA's Public Lands Initiative:
The Public Lands Initiative is IMBA's effort to better organize local cycling communities and the bike industy to rally around bike friendly policies and public lands protection. Read more about the PLI.
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