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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Folks, we need some help voicing support for MTB access in Boston

    sorry for the cross post - this is urgent!

    One of the public, urban parks near Boston, the Middlesex Fells, has been undergoing a review process of its trails policies which have restricted MTB access for over 20 years with a set of rules that benefit an elitist group of conservationists - otherwise known as the Friends of the Fells.

    The Fells is a high-use, urban park that is used by mountain bikers, hikers, joggers, dog people, families, etc. It has over 120 miles of trails. MTB access is allowed on 1.5 miles of singletrack. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has a proposal out for comment that is a good start at reversing the decades-old inequity.

    However, we discovered on Friday that the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Fells are going to try and shut the whole process down by trying to get the designation of the Fells changed to a Forest Conservation area and they will then use that to maintain current inequitable policies or further restrict MTB access.

    We need help. Please go here: http://www.gbnemba.org/fellscomments and lend us your support. Your support comments will go directly to DCR. Pass the word around and thank you!

    Adam Glick
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    I've posted my comments to the DCR.

    This is NOT JUST THE FELLS! Once they get bikes out of the Fells they will not stop there. This precedent will be used for ALL DCR properties. So if you care about riding anywhere in MA make sure you go click the link.

    Otherwise you'll have to drive to NH for tax-free shopping AND to ride your bike in the woods.

    Go here! Tell your friends! Pass the word!
    http://www.gbnemba.org/fellscomments

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    Done.

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    Done.
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    One a side note, the FoF sound like a bunch of wingnuts

    If they oppose the DCR recommendations, then that's fine. But instead of challenging any of their assumptions or offering reasoning against it, they are just making completely irrational and sensational claims.

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    The FOF are nut jobs. Click on the link ASAP!

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    Well connected nut jobs who can and will take riding away one park at a time.

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    Done and re-posted on FB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feral
    sorry for the cross post - this is urgent!

    One of the public, urban parks near Boston, the Middlesex Fells, has been undergoing a review process of its trails policies which have restricted MTB access for over 20 years with a set of rules that benefit an elitist group of conservationists - otherwise known as the Friends of the Fells.

    The Fells is a high-use, urban park that is used by mountain bikers, hikers, joggers, dog people, families, etc. It has over 120 miles of trails. MTB access is allowed on 1.5 miles of singletrack. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has a proposal out for comment that is a good start at reversing the decades-old inequity.

    However, we discovered on Friday that the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Fells are going to try and shut the whole process down by trying to get the designation of the Fells changed to a Forest Conservation area and they will then use that to maintain current inequitable policies or further restrict MTB access.

    We need help. Please go here: http://www.gbnemba.org/fellscomments and lend us your support. Your support comments will go directly to DCR. Pass the word around and thank you!

    Adam Glick
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    Where exactly are you getting your information regarding changing the designation of the Middlesex Fells to a forest conservation area? A specific link to a site and/or document would be helpful. I've been following this pretty closely and can't find any information that states any organization wanting to do this. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    Where exactly are you getting your information regarding changing the designation of the Middlesex Fells to a forest conservation area? A specific link to a site and/or document would be helpful. I've been following this pretty closely and can't find any information that states any organization wanting to do this. Thanks in advance.
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    This is the biggest advocacy fight we;ve had in MA in a long time-this is an important battle and we (that is all mountain bikers in New England) cannot afford to lose. Keep up the clamor!

    Liam

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    Great comments guys. We are having an impact with DCR. Let's keep the discussion going and keep spreading the word.

    http://www.gbnemba.org/fellscomments

    Cliff Notes version: After 25 years of waiting and rebuffed attempts to engage with conservation groups, an fair and open public process is about to provide more equitable trail access at the Middlesex Fells. Sierra Club, Audubon, the Friends of the Fells, and others are now attempting to subvert the public process (the will of the people) because they don't agree with the outcome (i.e. sharing the park with other user groups)

    Here is some additional background material:

    On Audubon's two-faced stance (publicly pro-bike, privately anti-bike)
    http://www.gbnemba.org/entry/lets-se...-mountain-bike

    On the Friends of the Fells' warped view of the world
    http://www.gbnemba.org/home/entry/le...ells-home-page

    The Trails Plan key points
    http://www.gbnemba.org/home/entry/dc...lan-key-points

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    Just threw my support in the ring!

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    Fells

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    It's getting a lot of likes on FB, hope they submit the form too. Good luck with the cause.

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    Thanks for the comments everyone, keep them coming.

    Here's some more on Sierra Club's latest attempt to derail the process because they don't like the outcome (even though it's been an open public process all along).

    http://www.gbnemba.org/entry/sierra-...pro-mtb-policy

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    The Audubon's position is always the same , if you fish and bike take a look at what has happened to plum island reservation in newburyport , once they control access forget it unless you have binoculars !

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