[To: All Cyclists
RE: US Forest Service, Multi-use trails
Chris Fischer, the current district ranger for the United States Forest Service, American River District, Foresthill CA, has just decided to not approve the permit for the 7th Annual Tahoe Sierra 100 Mt Bike Race. The newly formed group calling themselves the Western States Safety Alliance Coalition has been meeting with Chris Fischer but the meetings did not include any other user group representatives. Jim Northey the race director, Tom Ward from IMBA and Jeff Barker, GBE Trail Adviser had asked to meet on several occasions to discuss their concerns but the WSSAC refused, we do however know some of their members. They are comprised of equestrians that are linked with the web site Park Watch Report -=- Home and have been responsible for spreading disinformation regarding cyclists on the trails in the past. Attached is the actual account of the incident.
This is just the beginning! This group is working towards disallowing anything with wheels on the multi-use trails altogether, they are currently working with the 4th District Congressmen, Tom McClintock to achieve that goal. We need to work together and let the Forest Service and our local, district and state representatives know that we as a user group pay our taxes and have just as much right to be on the trails as every other group.
Here are some email addresses:
Chris Fischer email@example.com
Mo Tebbe firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Moore R5 Regional Forester( Chris Fischers Boss) email@example.com
Mary Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Quin. Tquin@fs.fed.us
Tom Tidwell, US Forest Service Chief email@example.com
Mary Wagner, US Forest Service Associate Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Kodl Auburn Bike Works Owner
My letter in response
My name is Mark DePonzi age 54 , I am a mountain biker enthusiast and racer . Born in California and still reside in California.
I was disappointed to read this email above that Mr Fischer decided not to approve the permit for Sierra 100 mile Bike race,
and I was shocked he declined to open the meetings to other group representatives to explain his reasons.
I do not know if these facts are true because I was not there.
If the information is true above , its not a productive start to working together to share our trails in harmony.
If Mr Fischer is singling out a group ( Mountain bikers) to eliminate their use to multi-use trails , this is only going to create friction between users.
I am sure Mr Fischer is well aware of what his actions can create between groups using these trails ,
I am not sure what Mr Fishcer's intent was by not including other groups in the process or sharing his desires to all other groups.
In most cases when you single out a group or other groups from being involved in making decisions of trail use, you are creating conflict between groups.
This is not a good start .
Nor is it a productive way to have multi use trail users sharing the trails in harmony.
I find it interesting in other states I have mountain biked in ( Colorado , Montana, Nevada, Utah, Oregon,) multi use trails work fine with all groups, and most
other groups you share the trails with our quit polite in other states . So you can say multi trail use is a very workable amongst differnent users. Its proven.
I think the friction you feel in California in certain areas between user groups starts from actions like Mr Fischer's decision to eliminate a group from certain trails or discussions of trail use .
Eliminating certain users to trail use only leads to illegal use of trails and angry groups thinking they are different then other groups we our all the same with the same intent,
It starts from the top . The officials at the top must stop thinking of separation and more about connection with groups !
At this point in time the mountain biking communities are growing in large numbers and our not going anywhere and have lots to offer in the way of trail maintenance and contributions to keep these trails in good use and safe for all others . Use common sense and see how mountain bikers can help all of us.
We our all the same and want to use the trails in harmony and I am sure no group wants to see others in harm on a trail.
So lets consider keeping all your needs and values and concerns open to all groups so we can work together to meet each others concerns
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