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IMBA and the Lake Oroville Bicyclist Organization (LOBO) need your help to re-open shared use trails at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (LOSRA). Please take action today by sending a message to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), asking them to keep trails at Lake Oroville open to mountain bikes.

BACKGROUND: The FERC will soon decide whether or not to approve a trails plan submitted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). IMBA and LOBO support this bike-friendly plan. See more information below.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Comments must be received by March 31, 2006! You can submit comments here at this website.: http://www.ferc.gov/. Please reference P2100.

You can also comment via postal mail. Send comments to:

Magalie R. Salas, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426.



If sending comments by postal mail, please provide your name, address, and telephone number. Please add the following to your heading:

"California Department of Water Resources
FERC Project 2100
COMMENTS"

SAMPLE LETTER (please revise as needed):

I am writing to express my support for shared-use trails at FERC Project 2100 and the included Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.

Shared-use trails provide the best use of our limited natural resources, and ensure the maximum opportunity for trail usage by hikers, cyclist, and equestrians alike.

Decisions regarding trail uses must be made by local land managing agencies. FERC'S expertise lies elsewhere.

The License, California Department of Water Resources, followed FERC's directive to formulate a trails plan, within the re-licensing negotiation process. The result is a compromise plan that, while not unanimous, is supported by the majority of participants involved, including equestrians, cyclist, hikers, and the land management agencies. This plan sets aside a significant amount of trail as equestrian/hiker only designations, while also recognizing that most of the projects trails are suitable for shared-use status.

I ask that FERC accept the DWR trails plan, as negotiated during the DWR Trails Focus Group Meetings.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME GOES HERE

MORE INFORMATION: Opponents of bicycle access have launched a letter writing campaign to FERC, asking FERC to deny or alter proposed shared-use trails and limit bike traffic. Currently, despite the restricted designation of some trails, bikes, hikers and equestrians use the trails, and user conflicts are minimal.

Lake Oroville is part of the California State Water Project and is owned and operated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses the project, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) manage recreation at state water projects.

More information is available on the CA DWR website January 2005 License Application, Draft RMP (11 mb, pdf) Comprehensive Non-Motorized Trails Program.

For additional information about Lake Oroville riding, please contact:

Lyle Wright
Lake Oroville Bicyclist Organization
PO Box 619
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530) 589-4322

Ridewright at gmail dot com