We are all about promoting & supporting cycling advocacy, but it usually ends up as us paying our individual IMBA dues, pitching in for some local trail building, and making sure to give the Bike League shoutouts for their latest projects in our weekly roundup. But IMBA just dropped this call to action in our inbox, and we felt the need to get out the word out to all of our mountain biking (and dare I say roadie) readers.
The US Department of the Interior has just let it be know that they are reviewing the National Monument designation of millions of acres of land protected across the US. This is especially critical for mountain bikers, as IMBA has worked hard over the last decade or so with Interior to use National Monument status as a tool to limit development of important land across the states while also allowing for responsible mountain biker trail access. The Dept. of the Interior has specifically called out land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington for review, so it is time for us to all make our voices heard in the process, no matter where you ride. Check out how and where to chime in after the break…
IMBA advocates for a strong and open public process to consider mountain biking interests within National Monument designated lands, so again it is key that we bikers voice our opinions in their review process. IMBA has worked hard to build the opportunity to ride trails into some of the most recent monument designations, and supports their continuation. Now it’s time to defend those existing monuments, so we’ll be able to continue to ride in these great places across the country.
IMBA was highlighting the San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments in California as landscapes that mountain bikers had a big part in helping to create. Mountain bikers also have new trail plans under consideration in Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine. All three of these are now up for review, along with many more.
Submit your comments in support of the current National Monuments today. If you have some of these monuments near and dear to you, it will also be worth reaching out to your local IMBA chapter to see how you can be more involved and engaged in the review process locally.
Comments can be submitted via IMBA’s page and webform setup for the National Monuments review here, or through the government’s own less friendly portal at Regulations.gov by searching for the “DOI-2017-0002” Monument Review (comments button in the top right of the page). Comments must be received by the end of next week regarding Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, with all others by the first week of July 2017.
Check out the full information released on the formal review process by the Department of the Interior here.