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California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain Area Designated a Bike-Friendly National Monument

California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain Area Designated a Bike-Friendly National Monument


For Immediate Release 07/16/2015
Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

Photo: Lance Buck. The view from Fiske Peak.

On July 10, 2015, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, along with two other new monument landscapes. National monuments are recreation-friendly land designations, and this one permanently protects about 331,000 acres of ecologically and geologically diverse land in California’s Inner Coast Range.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) supported the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument proposal and worked with a coalition of local and national advocates to ensure broad support for continued mountain biking in this vast, backcountry landscape. Additionally, IMBA secured testimony from Austin McInerny, Executive Director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). His was the sole recreation voice welcomed to testify on behalf of mountain bikers at a public meeting regarding the designation in spring 2015.

Moving forward, IMBA encourages its members to stay engaged throughout the upcoming management process and advocate for the interests of mountain bikers and bike-friendly trails.

This new national monument is unique in its size and proximity to major urban centers of northern California. Situated only 100 miles from the Bay Area and Sacramento, Berryessa Snow Mountain spans 100 miles north to south. The area offers significant opportunities for exceedingly rare long-distance mountain biking trails and critical connectivity to both the Mendocino National Forest and the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

All existing trails that are outside of designated Wilderness boundaries remain open to mountain bikers. Trail highlights include: Fiske Peak Loop, Cache Creek Ridge Trail, Double Loop and the Buck Island Traverse.

Berryessa Snow Mountain will be jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Those agencies are tasked with working in partnership to create a management plan via a public process that will commence soon. IMBA’s participation will include creating an advisory committee to represent mountain biking interests throughout the planning process. IMBA maintains strong working relationships with both the BLM and USFS and looks forward to supporting their planning efforts.

The Northern California (NorCal) League of NICA also stands to benefit from this designation. More than 5,000 student athletes participate in high school mountain bike racing through NICA, and the NorCal League is one of the largest. More mountain biking trails that are close to population centers are needed to support the growing youth population of mountain bicyclists.
IMBA extends its gratitude to President Obama and his administration for this designation and also to Tuleyome for its substantial efforts on the campaign for permanent protection of Berryessa Snow Mountain. IMBA will continue its partnership work with Tuleyome and each of the other conservation partners that were involved, including the Conservation Lands Foundation, the Outdoor Alliance and the Wilderness Society.


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