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    Re: DCR Seeking Input Regarding Fells

    As Posted on NEMBA's site by Fellsbiker:

    The DCR is seeking public input regarding a new Fells management plan. They want letters and email from park users. Now is the time for everyone to actually do something. Bikers are legitimate trail users and should be treated fairly under their new plan. Now is a very rare moment when you can actually tell this to the DCR and they will listen.

    For more info, read this:
    http://www.fellsbiker.com/comments/index.php?id=42

    Tall all your biking friends. Tell all your non biking friends too, hell, tell everyone :!:

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    Error when trying to submit comments

    I just tried leaving a comment using the link you've provided. However, there was an error preventing the comment from being sent. Please provide input. I'd like to help our cause!

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    Per e-mail I've received.

    Below is an action alert from Greater Boston NEMBA regarding some very important –and heartening— developments at the Middlesex Fells. As requested, please take DCR’s survey to help improve access at the Fells. It’s very important that large numbers of mountain bikers make their views known to DCR. Philip KeyesNEMBA--- From Greater Boston NEMBA: http://www.gbnemba.org:80/component/...le/17/118.html IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: PLEASE TAKE DCR SURVEY ASKING FOR COMMENTS ABOUT TRAIL USAGE IN THE FELLS. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicm...usersurvey.htm GB NEMBA urges mountain bikers to take this survey and express their views about mountain biking in the Fells. This survey will be used as part of an overall review of the trail use management in the Fells, and there is hope that this will improve trail access for mountain biking. Please take the survey and email your comments - your views are important as DCR crafts their management plan.MORE DETAILSHere is the statement from DCR: "Dear DCR Friends and Stakeholders: DCR's Greenways and Trails Program has initiated a trail system planning process (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicm.../greenways.htm) for the Middlesex Fells Reservation. This plan is intended to consider the whole trail system at the Middlesex Fells, provide guidance for short and long-term management of these trail assets, set priorities for allocating limited staff and financial resources, identify stewardship partners and opportunities, and function as both a stand-alone trails plan and component of a future Resource Management Plan. Over the next several months, DCR will be completing an inventory of all the roads and trails in the Fells; identifying key scenic, natural and cultural resources; and making recommendations regarding trail closures, new trails, restoration, trail use, education and policies. Stakeholders and users of the Fells are invited to provide input into this process via comment over the internet and through a one-day "trail planning workshop" to be hosted in January (location and date to be announced). The draft trail plan is anticipated to be completed by April of 2010. For additional information and updates, please see: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicm...nwaysfells.htm DCR's staff looks forward to the ongoing participation of our valued Partners as this process moves forward! Conrad Crawford Office of External Affairs and PartnershipsDepartment of Conservation and Recreation" WHAT THIS MEANS... During this past summer, we asked all members of the MTB community to voice their concerns to their respective elected representatives and the DCR about the Friends of the Fells' 20-year long anti-bike smear campaign. We thank everyone who made the effort to bring this ongoing issue to light. It obviously worked. NEMBA has, since last reported in August, attended several meetings and had continued conversations with the DCR focused on resolving the central issues of equitable access and sustainable land-use management plans. We are thrilled to present the DCR's invitation to participate in the trail system planning process. The invitation above is the first step in the public input gathering process for the trail system planning process. For many years, NEMBA has been studying the conflict and sustainability issues at the Fells. NEMBA has been advising (first the MDC to a lesser extent) the DCR to a great extent on how to plan, build, maintain and manage a multi-user trail system. We have put a great deal of time and effort into this, but...we still need your help! NEMBA's input, while extensive, could very well be incomplete...so we want to know: "What do you want to happen at the Fells?" The DCR and NEMBA want your direct input on conditions, concerns, ideas, changes and priorities in the reservation. Below, NEMBA has listed many of the improvements we would like to see to the trail system within the Fells Reservation. If you agree with some, most or all of them, please let the DCR know! If you have other thoughts or ideas - maybe something we have left off or missed - by all means include that as well. This is important: THE MORE FEEDBACK / INPUT THE BETTER! Please note, however, this is not the time to complain or bash. Your thoughts and suggestions should be framed in as positive and complete a format as possible. WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW... 1. It is once again necessary to let DCR know of your support at this time! Send your support emails with your thoughts and ideas (or the ones listed below if you like them) to:Paul.Jahnige@state.ma.usPlease cc: fells@gbnemba.org so we can track the responses. 2. Keep your elected officials in the loop. Forward the email or "CC:" your representatives to let them know what you think and that you support the DCR and NEMBA in this process. Perhaps separately, ask them to continue to support this great DCR initiative as well. 3. Pass the word - especially to anyone you know in Medford, Winchester, Melrose, Stoneham and Malden (or even Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Arlington, Lexington, and Belmont.) HERE ARE SOME OF THE IDEAS FROM THE NEMBA THINK-TANK THAT SHOULD BE PROPOSED AS CHANGES IN THE FELLS:1. The policy for mountain biking at the Fells needs to be brought more in line with those found in virtually every other DCR park. All trail users are equal and have equal rights, responsibilities, and impacts. All trails should be considered multi-use unless otherwise marked. Exclusions are made on a case by case basis. 2. NEMBA should be appointed primary or lead for all trail planning, building, and maintenance needs. NEMBA would be amenable to reporting to a small advisory committee and the land manager. 3. Dark Hollow Pond Trail System should be converted to shared use. 4. Reservoir Trail should be converted to shared use. 5. Universal Access Trail at Flynn Rink (proposed for RTP grant) should be green-lighted. 6. NEMBA / MTB "Green" Loop needs to be moved off of certain high-traffic carriage roads and rerouted onto existing or new singletrack, or redundant carriage roads. 7. ALL USERS need to be educated on how to share the use of a trail system. 8. Anti-bike activities would be banned. 9. Rock Circuit Trail should be converted to shared use. 10. Crystal Springs Trail should be converted to shared use. 11. Skyline Trail should be converted to shared use. 12. Cross Fells Trail should be converted to shared use. 13. Winter Closure policy should be changed to a Discretionary Closure policy and applied to ALL users equally. 14. Better signage and MTB-friendly marked loops need to be installed. 15. After work (after dark) access needs to be legitimized during Fall and Winter. 16. Redundant carriage roads should be converted (narrowed) to additional singletrack opportunities. 17. All unmarked / unregistered trails need to be inventoried and legitimized where appropriate and sustainable, and also made available for shared use as appropriate. 18. New parking lot created at base of Bear Hill. 19. Beginner MTB trail created at Sheepfold. 20. MTB-oriented events should be planned and held.

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