Sorry if this has been posted on this board already. The following was send to me by IMBA. It threatens you folks more immediately than I so I figured I would post here as well as on the SoCal board.

A dangerous new Forest Service policy could close hundreds of miles of
singletrack in two states. This potentially precedent-setting change
must be stopped before it spreads to California and other states.
Act now to preserve mountain bike access to singletrack
in backcountry areas.

"This could become the largest access issue in five years," warns Jenn
Dice, IMBA's government affairs director. This policy would expel
mountain bikers from more than 700 miles of singletrack in Montana and
Idaho and, if left unchallenged, could set national precedent.

What You Can Do:

Take Action! Tell the Forest Service that bicycles should not be
categorically banned from Recommended Wilderness. Our easy online form
takes seconds to complete. Deadline: Sept. 7

Donate to the IMBA Legal Fund. Swift response to issues like this
takes preparation and money. Your donation will help ensure that
IMBA's rapid response team is ready to act when an access
issue strikes in your backyard.

Forward to a Friend. The Forest Service needs to know how
many mountain bikers care. Our chance of saving mountain biking access
improves with each cyclist who submits a comment.

Protection of Recommended Wilderness areas is very important to
mountain bikers. These lands are roadless, free of development or
resource extraction, and loaded with miles of backcountry singletrack
and scenery to explore.

Most national forests allow existing uses like bicycling to continue
in areas recommended to possibly become Wilderness, before the
formal Wilderness designation takes place. Unfortunately, forests in
Montana and northern Idaho will not. Banning bicycles from these areas
could have far-reaching negative consequences and lead to trail
closures in your national forests.

Normally, the Forest Service is very positive towards mountain biking
and the Montana and Idaho policy is a departure from other Forest
Service regions.

IMBA needs mountain bicyclists coast-to-coast to take action, asking
the Forest Service to protect the land and continue bicycle
access - they can do both!

Involvement and donations from riders like you make a difference in
defending our sport. Please learn more about this issue
( ) or take action
now! ( )


IMBA Advocacy Team