To Riders in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties:
I want to call to attention an issue that affects all of us here. Currently, the National Park Service in our local area is accepting comments as part of their review on opening up more trails to bikers and even building new trails that we would have access to. We all love riding our mountain bikes on the various trails around Ventura County and how fun would it be to have access to more of them?! The main problem bikers have always had is that we have never been as organized as the hikers and equestrians that usually want us off those trails. Here's our chance to now have our voice heard.
The NPS is looking at 2 primary items as part of their review 1. Environmental impact and 2. Comments from the public. Obviously, we have no voice in what is done in the environmental impact studies that will be performed. However, we can make our comments to them and let them know how much this means to us. As such, I would like everyone to thoughtfully voice their comments on the impact that this will have on you being able to ride your bike on more trails. Please take 10-15 minutes to share your comments at the link provided below.
NPS PEPC - Notice of Intent and Notice of Preparation for SMMNRA Interagency TMP EIS/EIR
They are going through scoping. From the Federal Register,
"The NPS encourages comments about new issues and concerns that can inform the
conservation planning and environmental impact analysis for the proposed TMP. The most useful comments are those that provide new environmental information, and suggest reasonable design alternatives the park should consider while initiating TMP
Sooooo....comments can have an influence on the draft EIS/EIR...and now is the best time to do so...before they come out. In other words, you do have a voice in the content of the EIS/EIR, and during scoping is the most effective time to influence the content of the EIS/EIR.
...building wherever they'll let me...
Soooooo about that, it's time to get off your ass and show up for what you want.
If you don't, there is a nasty hiking group of purists that will happily shut you out of what is rightfully yours. They would be happy to slam the door shut on what could be epic for you.
What's the most it could take for an educated statement of support for the sport you love, 20-30min?
He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.
Speed just slows me down...
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