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    NORCAL: Lake Berryessa

    California Mountain Bicyclists: Please Write to Save Recreational Access to Lake Berryessa

    California mountain bicyclists need to write the Bureau of Reclamation and other public representatives immediately to save existing and potential trail opportunities at Lake Berryessa. Public comment ends March 22nd. 2004.

    Lake Berryessa is close to the Bay Area and has 150 miles of scenic shoreline. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)is putting together a plan to redevelop the Lake Berryessa Recreation Area (LBRA). Private individuals with expiring long-term arrangements with BOR are fighting to keep the public from accessing portions of the LBRA. These exclusive permits and block public access and prevent the development and use of trails and other recreation. We need to speak up, as this area represents tremendous riding opportunities for California's cyclists. Local interests are planning a regional trail system for hikers, bikers and equestrians in the greater area.

    The BOR is considering several alternatives for management of the area. Alternative D has more public management of non-motorized recreation. The Vision for Lake Berryessa (www.BerryessaTrails.org ), drafted by a local conservation group which supports bike trails, improves on D by asking that all recreational areas be publicly managed. These improvements would also help to make these areas more friendly to bikers. Only Alternative D would ensure proper recreational opportunities for Lake Berryessa.

    Your letter should reference: "Lake Berryessa"

    Points to make in your letter:
    ˇ This public land should be managed for low impact recreation, including bicycling, that benefits the public, not a small number of private interests.
    ˇ Current exclusive site arrangements should not be renewed when they expire, as these arrangements prevent the development of public recreational opportunities.
    ˇ Express support for the proposed 150 mile shoreline trail, asking the bicycling be included as one of the uses.
    ˇ Cyclists have a long history of riding with cattle on public lands.
    ˇ Organizations like the International Mountain Bicycling Association support the development of public multiple use trails in this area.

    Please write to:

    Ms. Janet Sierzputowski
    Bureau of Reclamation
    2800 Cottage Way, MP-140
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    Please also sent a copy of your letter to:

    Congressman Mike Thompson
    1040 Main Street, Suite 101
    Napa, CA 94559

    Senator Dianne Feinstein
    One Post Street, Suite 2450
    San Francisco CA 94104

    Senator Barbara Boxer
    1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Representative Ellen Tauscher
    2000 Cadenasso Dr, Suite A
    Fairfield, CA 94533

    Representative George Miller
    375 G Street, Suite #1
    Vallejo, CA 94592

    Representative Pete Stark
    39300 Civic Center Dr. Suite 220
    Fremont, CA 94538

    For more information about this important issue, please visit these web pages:

    http://www.berryessatrails.org/lake.htm

    http://www.berryessatrails.org/wrong.htm

    http://www.berryessatrails.org/trail.htm

    http://www.usbr.gov/mp/berryessa/doc...ve_summary.pdf

    http://www.berryessatrails.org/bor.htm

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    Your links are broken. This is the area to focus on. New trails are being made out by Lake Berryessa. Some of them will be off-limits to horses - bikes only!

    Send your support/$/time to these folks.

    BT&C

    The objective of this committee is to support the creation of a regional trail system on recreation lands, providing hiking, biking, and horseback-riding opportunities and appropriate nature-based recreational facilities for both day use and backcountry experiences.

    Berryessa Trail Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Your links are broken. This is the area to focus on. New trails are being made out by Lake Berryessa. Some of them will be off-limits to horses - bikes only!

    Send your support/$/time to these folks.

    BT&C

    The objective of this committee is to support the creation of a regional trail system on recreation lands, providing hiking, biking, and horseback-riding opportunities and appropriate nature-based recreational facilities for both day use and backcountry experiences.

    Berryessa Trail Guide
    Well, not surprised they are broken since the post referenced is 7 years old. Are there any significant trails planned? The BT&C link you gave doesn't show much that would interest bikers either existing or planned. Thanks for the update.

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    I haven't heard much lately about all that. But it's exciting to think about all the new trails that are supposedly being made for us mt. bikers.
    Maybe a little weight thrown in that general direction from the online community will help.

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    Stebbins Cold Canyon, known back in the 80s as Cold Canyon. My first off-road ride(on a 26' MTB) took place there in 1987. Never had the other options listed now like Homestead. It was straight up back then to the spillway.

    I'm sure the other side is still off-limits. We used to do it as well, but quit by 1990. I hear you can still do some of the other rides, like Rd 78a.
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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