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Mt Bike Action Alert from IMBA  Jim Baross
 Feb 14, 2005 19:26 PST 

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Nationwide Alert: Senate Bill Threatens California Trails



Action Alert

For Immediate Release
02-14-05
Contact: Jenn Dice, IMBA government affairs director
<mailto:je-@imba.com>je-@imba.com
303-545-9011


-- Phone calls urged by Wednesday Feb. 16.

A Senate committee will vote this Wednesday, Feb. 16, on a reintroduced
Wilderness bill that would ban mountain biking from 170 miles of
singletrack trails in Northern California. Mountain bikers nationwide are
urged to ask their senators to delay action on the bill until suitable
compromises are reached and bicycling is accommodated. Your call is
especially important if your senator is a member of the Senate Energy and
Natural Resource Committee listed below.

Senate Bill 128 (S. 128), the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage
Wilderness Act, sponsored by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would
designate more than 300,000 acres as federal Wilderness. Popular trails
would be closed such as King's Crest and Lost Coast-Chemise Mountain in the
King Range National Conservation Area and the Red Bud and Judge Davis
trails near Cache Creek in Lake County.
<http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/ca_wilderness/hr1501_mtb_miles_lost.html>View
a complete list of threatened trails.

IMBA remains firmly dedicated to land conservation and believes that
Wilderness designation is just one of many tools that may be employed to
protect wild places. When proposed Wilderness Areas include significant
mountain biking opportunities, IMBA proposes alternative land designations
that protect natural areas while preserving bicycle access.

IMBA supports protecting all lands in the bill, but for one-quarter of the
areas under consideration, Congress should use protection measures other
than Wilderness or adjust boundaries to accommodate bicycling.

IMBA believes mountain biking, low-impact, muscle-powered recreation, is an
appropriate use of trails on public lands and is consistent with the values
of Wilderness land protection which includes recreation in natural landscapes.



Talking Points:

Senate Bill 128 needs to better accommodate bicycling and is not ready for
passage. Please delay action in the Senate and House until suitable
compromises are reached.
    * This bill would close more than 170 miles of singletrack trails to
bicycling.
    * IMBA supports protecting all the lands in S. 128, but for one-quarter
of the areas under consideration, Congress should use methods other than
Wilderness to preserve the land while keeping trails open to mountain biking.
    * Wilderness is not the only way to protect public lands. Why must land
protection often mean eliminating bicycling opportunities?
    * Mountain biking started in California and is a popular sport - 5.2
million Californians participated last year (Outdoor Industry Association).
    * Mountain biking brings significant revenue to the state's economy
through bicycle related industry, tourism, bike shops, touring companies
and more.
    * Mountain biking is low-impact, muscle-powered recreation and is an
appropriate use of trails on public lands. IMBA members highly value land
conservation, clean water and clean air.
    * IMBA supports new Wilderness designations where they don't close
singletrack bicycling opportunities.
    * Bicyclists simply want to continue to ride on trails that have been
open to them for years.
    * Recreation science indicates that bikes affect natural resources no
more than hikers or horses - two user groups allowed on Wilderness trails.

Action Steps:

Call your two U.S. senators using the Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121.
(To learn the name of your state's senators go to
<http://www.congress.org>http://www.congress.org and type in your zip
code.) Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are
listed below.
    * Politely tell them you are calling in regards to S. 128 (Northern
California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act) and use the talking points
above. If the senator is not a member of the committee, your comments are
still important because the entire U.S. Senate will be asked to vote on the
bill before it goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.
    * Please provide your name and address so that they know you are a
constituent. Senators respond best to callers from their home state - if
you don't give them contact information, your call probably won't count.
    * If you would rather fax a letter, call your senator's office to get
the proper fax number and staff member assigned to the bill. Make sure to
fax your comments by Wednesday. Email comments are not recommended.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Dianne Feinstein, California (202) 224 - 3841

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<h1><b>Nationwide Alert: Senate Bill Threatens California
Trails<br><br>
</b></h1><h3><font size=4 color="#FF0000"><b>Action
Alert</b></font></h3>For Immediate Release<br>
02-14-05<br>
Contact: Jenn Dice, IMBA government affairs director<br>
<a href="mailto:je-@imba.com">je-@imba.com</a><br>
303-545-9011<br><br>
<h3><b>-- Phone calls urged by Wednesday Feb. 16.</b></h3>A Senate
committee will vote this Wednesday, Feb. 16, on a reintroduced Wilderness
bill that would ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletrack trails
in Northern California. Mountain bikers nationwide are urged to ask their
senators to delay action on the bill until suitable compromises are
reached and bicycling is accommodated. Your call is especially important
if your senator is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource
Committee listed below. <br><br>
Senate Bill 128 (S. 128), the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage
Wilderness Act, sponsored by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would
designate more than 300,000 acres as federal Wilderness. Popular trails
would be closed such as King's Crest and Lost Coast-Chemise Mountain in
the King Range National Conservation Area and the Red Bud and Judge Davis
trails near Cache Creek in Lake County.
<a href="http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/ca_wilderness/hr1501_mtb_miles_lost.html">View
a complete list of threatened trails.</a> <br><br>
IMBA remains firmly dedicated to land conservation and believes that
Wilderness designation is just one of many tools that may be employed to
protect wild places. When proposed Wilderness Areas include significant
mountain biking opportunities, IMBA proposes alternative land
designations that protect natural areas while preserving bicycle access.
<br><br>
IMBA supports protecting all lands in the bill, but for one-quarter of
the areas under consideration, Congress should use protection measures
other than Wilderness or adjust boundaries to accommodate bicycling.
<br><br>
IMBA believes mountain biking, low-impact, muscle-powered recreation, is
an appropriate use of trails on public lands and is consistent with the
values of Wilderness land protection which includes recreation in natural
landscapes. <br><br>
<br>
<h3><b>Talking Points:</b></h3>Senate Bill 128 needs to better
accommodate bicycling and is not ready for passage. Please delay action
in the Senate and House until suitable compromises are reached.
<ul>
<li>This bill would close more than 170 miles of singletrack trails to
bicycling.
<li>IMBA supports protecting all the lands in S. 128, but for one-quarter
of the areas under consideration, Congress should use methods other than
Wilderness to preserve the land while keeping trails open to mountain
biking.
<li>Wilderness is not the only way to protect public lands. Why must land
protection often mean eliminating bicycling opportunities?
<li>Mountain biking started in California and is a popular sport - 5.2
million Californians participated last year (Outdoor Industry
Association).
<li>Mountain biking brings significant revenue to the state's economy
through bicycle related industry, tourism, bike shops, touring companies
and more.
<li>Mountain biking is low-impact, muscle-powered recreation and is an
appropriate use of trails on public lands. IMBA members highly value land
conservation, clean water and clean air.
<li>IMBA supports new Wilderness designations where they don't close
singletrack bicycling opportunities.
<li>Bicyclists simply want to continue to ride on trails that have been
open to them for years.
<li>Recreation science indicates that bikes affect natural resources no
more than hikers or horses - two user groups allowed on Wilderness
trails.
</ul><h3><b>Action Steps:</b></h3>Call your two U.S. senators using the
Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121. (To learn the name of your state's
senators go to
<a href="http://www.congress.org">http://www.congress.org</a> and type in
your zip code.) Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee are listed below.
<ol>
<li>Politely tell them you are calling in regards to S. 128 (Northern
California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act) and use the talking
points above. If the senator is not a member of the committee, your
comments are still important because the entire U.S. Senate will be asked
to vote on the bill before it goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.
<li>Please provide your name and address so that they know you are a
constituent. Senators respond best to callers from their home state - if
you don't give them contact information, your call probably won't count.
<li>If you would rather fax a letter, call your senator's office to get
the proper fax number and staff member assigned to the bill. Make sure to
fax your comments by Wednesday. Email comments are not recommended.
</ol><h3><b>Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee</b></h3>Dianne
Feinstein, California (202) 224 - 3841 </body>
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