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    Restriction proposal on State Game Lands

    ACCESS ALERT (please share) - New Restrictions & Permit Proposed for Hiking/Climbing/biking/riding on PA Game Commission Lands - On January 27th, 2015 the Pennsylvania Game Commission will vote on draft regulations to require registration through a free permit for all activities on PA Gamelands (excluding the AT and a few other trails). The regulations will also PROHIBIT these activities during hunting seasons in the Fall and Spring, excluding Sundays. I encourage you to read the proposal in the January Agenda here and send your comments to

    We are working with the Access Fund and I am aware of several hiking clubs that are rallying for opposition. Not sure how much this impacts biking state wide but figured I would give you a heads up. Please pass along to anyone you wish, especially if there is a nation wide advocacy group. (I don't have many mountain bike contacts.)

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    Looking at this version of the legislation versus the version that was tabled in September, looks like the primary differences are:

    -They've added an exemption for the AT and rail trails.
    -They've eliminated the exemption for hikers and birdwatchers

    The only SGL trails that I know of that are worth riding are not classified as "Designated Trails" (ie, fire roads) by the PAGC, so IMHO this legislation is moot from a mt biking perspective.

    EDIT: Wow, I completely overlooked the biggest change in this new version. It's gone from a $30 non-hunter user fee to a FREE trail permit (to ride fire roads.)
    Last edited by jonz; 1 Week Ago at 08:52 AM.

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    Thanks for the response! As I said, I don't have much mtb knowledge or know the degree to which it uses SGL.

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