IMBA Supports Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act
The Rocky Mountain Front Hertiage Act, first introduced in 2011, is a Montana public lands protection bill that was reintroduced by U.S. Senator Max Baucus in the 113th Congress on Feb 14, 2013. IMBA and our local club, the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance are pleased to support this bill. Track it's progress here.
The bill will designate a 208,160 acre area as a Conservation Management Area–a designation not as restrictive as wilderness that would permanently maintain protections in the Forest Service's travel plan–while also adding 67,112 acres of new Wilderness to the existing Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.
Baucus’ decision to introduce the bill comes after attending numerous public listening sessions and analyzing input from Montanans with diverse backgrounds and interests. “IMBA supports this act for two reasons," says Aaron Clark, IMBA’s Conservation Manager. "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. Second, 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.”
On November 21, 2013, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act was unanimously approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
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|MMBA IMBA RMFHA Support Letter 2013.pdf||1.01 MB|
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