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    As silly as it seems ...

    A blanket ban of bikes on a lot of public land is still a real threat. Please help turn the tide. This will likely close one of the the coolest riding areas in VT. The name that shall not be spoken needs to be said. Snake Mountain is on the chopping block, along with a lot more land.

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    Comment letter sent!
    I would not argue that 100% of VT Wildlife Mgmt Area lands are appropriate for mountain biking, but neither is it necessary or advisable to prohibit biking on 100% of these lands, 100% of the time, as the proposed rule would do.

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    letter sent...it seems that Fish/Game and DEP types still fail to see that we realy are the new generation of sportsmen.
    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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    ^^ Haha, I am a "DEC type" - which either means there is hope yet, or both mtb'rs and regulators could benefit from less stereotyping. I work in an area unrelated to trails and lands management.
    p.s. - don't leave out us "sportswomen" either!
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    Fish & Wildlife Update: 8/22/12

    VMBA was well represented at last night's hearing in Montpelier. VMBA Board Member Brooke Scatchard spoke on your behalf while seeking clarification on the recently published rule.

    Brooke reported the rule as it is written is to ensure any abuses of the land from any group could be stopped. The F&W board also made it clear the primary users of these areas are in fact hunters, fishers, trappers. However, Fish & Wildlife stated they are wiling to allow mountain biking as long as it does not interfere with those groups. Also, they are willing to legitimize existing (illegal) trails and entertain new trails in these areas on a case by case basis.

    This is great progress for VMBA and chapters! New and existing trails in these areas may require a "walk through" with a wildlife biologist to be certain sensitive habitats are not disturbed. Some re-routes may be required, which is far better then absolute shut down.

    A HUGE THANK YOU to Vice Chair of the Board, Brooke Scatchard!

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    Even more from Tom Stuessy, VMBA ED ...

    "Update from the F&W Commissioner:

    I had the opportunity to speak with the Fish & Wildlife Commissioner, Patrick Berry today. He confirmed the rule is written to ensure all abuse of land in WMA areas can be appropriately addressed, and that it does not exclude mountain biking on designated corridors. Existing mountain bike corridors that have been incorporated in WMA management plans will continue to be considered legitimate, approved trails that we can enjoy. Unapproved trails will require review by F&W personnel to ensure sensitive areas are protected and to avoid conflicts with other uses. Further he articulated his personal passion for mountain biking and is willing to begin dialogue to formalize a relationship between VMBA and F&W to ensure continued designated mountain biking corridors exist where appropriate on F&W land."

    This is about as good as we might hope for, nice work!

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    Letter sent last week. Nice.


    Anyone have a list of currently approved / or in use lands?

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    Sounds like better news, Atkinson, thanks for the info.

    This story on the hearings makes it sound pretty contentious:
    Fish and Wildlife Board proposes rule that would block horses and bikes from wildlife management areas

    Looks like you can still provide comments on the draft rule:
    Vermont Fish & Wildlife

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    Background comments are very positive. Keep the faith and pass the dirt. We're on a ride.

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