An update for everyone on the Wild Olympics Wilderness and how it impacts mountain bikers...
The recently introduced Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new Wilderness on Olympic National Forest plus 19 Wild and Scenic Rivers and their major tributaries.
Over the last three to four years leading up to this legislative proposal, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has worked hard to identify and protect access to trails in the proposed Wilderness area that are currently open to mountain bikes. It took a long time and a fair amount of back and forth but the most important MTB trails are now outside of Wilderness and still open to our form of low-impact recreation.
Trails negotiated to remain open to bikes include Lower SF Skokomish, West Fork Humptulips and the Lower Big Quilcene and many others. Go here for a complete list (Wild Olympics Campaign Addressed Issues | Wild Olympics Campaign). As Wild and Scenic Rivers these will never get logged or dammed and will stay open for mountain biking.
A Wild or Scenic River designation does NOT close trails to bikes! This designation is an important tool both sides were able to use to protect the land and free flowing rivers while allowing us to keep quietly enjoy this spectacular area.
Evergreen supports this legislative proposal and is proud to have helped protect access to this much high quality mountain biking in the Olympic National Forest.
More detailed info about the 2010 Proposal available here: Wild Olympics Campaign
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