We could use your help even if you don't live in Idaho since tourism is our second biggest industry, so tourism dollars speak. If you have never visited this area you can see some pictures at: http://www.trailwize.com/bwc/bwc.htm

Thanks,
Chris

IMBA ID: Please Help Preserve Mountain Bike Trail Access in Central Idaho

Dear Mountain Bikers,

IMBA is calling on all mountain bicyclists in Idaho to get involved in
pending Wilderness discussions being considered for the Boulder-White Cloud
region of Central Idaho.

U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson is hosting public meetings next week (July 1
and 2) to hear feedback on his proposal to name an additional 250,000 to
300,000 acres of Wilderness in Central Idaho. Bicycle use is categorically
prohibited in Wilderness areas. While IMBA supports protecting open space
from development, some of the proposed areas contain popular trails that
cyclists have ridden for years.

We need mountain bicyclists to attend this meeting to make sure the
Congressman and his staff know how important these trails are to cyclists.
IMBA believes that Wilderness is only one tool to protect the land and
proposes Protection Areas and National Conservation Areas as alternatives
that protect the land but allow for bike access.

Idaho cyclists project that the Boulder-White Clouds proposal would close
approximately 137 miles of singletrack trail - 55 miles in the White Clouds
Wilderness Proposal and 82 miles in the Boulder Wilderness Proposal. Popular
trails such as the 4th of July Trail and the Warms Springs Trail would be
closed to cyclists. For a detailed list of trails see the end of this email.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) ATTEND PUBLIC MEETINGS (July 1-2)
2) WRITE A LETTER/ MAKE A PHONE CALL
3) VOLUNTEER TO HELP IMBA
4) RIDE TRAILS THAT COULD BE LOST - IDAHO DREAM RIDE SERIES


1) ATTEND PUBLIC MEETINGS (July 1-2)

It is critical that mountain bicyclists attend this meeting to show how much
we care about area trail access. Even if the main focus of the meeting isn't
related to recreation, please attend and respectfully mention your concern
about trail closures.

* July 1, 9:00-11:00 am, American Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood, Ketchum
(corner of Cottonwood and 2nd Avenue South). The main focus at this public
meeting is the wilderness component of the proposal.

* July 1, 2:00-4:00 pm, Stanley School, Airport Road (also called School
Road), Stanley. The main focus at this public meeting is the recreation
component of the proposal.

* July 2, 9:00-11:00 am, Challis High School, 1110 Bluff Avenue, Challis. The
main focus at this public meeting is the economic development component of
proposal.


2) WRITE A LETTER/ MAKE A PHONE CALL

Please write a letter to your elected officials and your local newspaper
expressing concern over the potential for trail loss. Some talking points:

- Thank Congressman Simpson for holding public meetings and including
stakeholders in land protection process.
- Emphasize that mountain bikers support protecting all of the lands under
consideration, but Wilderness is not the only appropriate method. Congress
can and has used diverse land protection tools, which can both promote land
preservation and allow bicycling. IMBA suggests Protection Areas or National
Conservation Areas, boundary adjustments and non-Wilderness corridors.
- Ask Congressman Simpson and other elected officials to protect trails
mountain bicyclists have ridden for years with a different classification
than Wilderness (that bans bicycles).
- Ask the Congressman Simpson and other Idaho elected officials to work with
cyclists to address trail concerns before they introduce legislation. 137
miles of trail closures is at stake!
- Stress the economic benefits of cycling to Custer and Blaine counties -
tourism industry, bike shops, bike related industry, touring companies,
cyclists who spend money at restaurants, gas stations and hotels. Ketchum is
a great example of what mountain bike tourism can do for an area.
- Mention significant trails that will close and any specific information you
know about areas in the bill.
- Point out that the scientific impacts of hiking and biking are similar (use
IMBA's white paper if needed found at imba.com)

Please write to:

Representative Mike Simpson
C/O Chief of Staff Lindsay Slater
802 W. Bannock, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-1953
Fax: 208-334-9533
Email: [email protected]
For email and additional contact information visit the Congressman's web site
at: http://www.house.gov/simpson/emailme.shtml

Representative C.L. Butch Otter
C/O Tana Cory
802 W. Bannock, Ste. 101
Boise, ID 83702
(Ph) 208-336-9831
(Fax) 208-336-9891
For email and additional contact information visit the Congressman's web site
at:

Senator Larry Craig
C/O Ken Burgess
225 North 9th Street, Suite 530
Boise, ID 83702
(Ph) 208-342-7985
(Fax) 208-343-2458
For email and additional contact information visit the Senator's web site at:


Senator Mike Crapo
C/O Chief of Staff Layne Bangerter
304 N. 8th St. Room 338
Boise, ID 83702
(Ph) 208-334-1776
(Fax) 208-334-9044
For email and additional contact information visit the Senator's web site at:
http://crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.htm

Please write a letter to the editor. Contact information for your local
newspaper can be found at: http://www.usnpl.com/idnews.html


3) VOLUNTEER TO HELP IMBA

IMBA Representatives Chris Cook ([email protected]) and Harley Parsons
([email protected]) need more help, especially in the Boulder-White
Cloud area. If you are willing to get involved by attending meetings, riding
area trails and asking more bike shops and bike industry to get involved
please email them.

Additional information regarding the possible proposal can be found at:
http://www.house.gov/simpson. Congressman Simpson's staff says maps will be
posted June 25.


4) RIDE TRAILS THAT COULD BE LOST - IDAHO DREAM RIDE SERIES (JULY 1-4)

IMBA Representative Chris Cook is organizing the Idaho Dream Ride Series or a
series of mountain bike rides featuring singletrack trails that could be lost
to Wilderness land classifications. The events are designed to celebrate the
spirit of mountain biking and increase awareness of great trails and lands
that need protection from development, but not specifically through
Wilderness designations that ban bicycle use.

The first four Idaho Dream Rides are July 1-4 and leave at 9:00 am each day
from the group campsite on the banks of the Salmon River right off ID 75 and
10 miles south of Stanley. The campsite is on Decker Flats. To register and
learn more about each day's ride contact IMBA Rep Chris Cook at 208-794-7255
or [email protected]. All events are free of charge.


Thank you for your time and for getting involved to help prevent trail
closures in Idaho. Please forward this email!

Sincerely,

IMBA Idaho Representatives

Chris Cook, [email protected], 208-794-7255
Harley Parson, [email protected]

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International Mountain Bicycling Association
Phone: (303) 545 9011x103 Fax: (303) 545 9026
Website: http://www.imba.com

IMBA is an international organization of 32,000 individual members and 500
affiliated mountain bike clubs dedicated to creating, enhancing and
preserving trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide.
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DRAFT LIST OF TRAILS THAT COULD BE LOST

White Clouds Proposed Wilderness Area Expansion

(a) 4th of July Trail (#109) from the Phyllis Lake turnoff to the North
Side of Washington Lake. Approximately 2 miles.
(b) Warm Springs Trail from 671 (from 646 North) and Garland Creek Trail
672. Trail 104 remains open but the remainder of 671 up Warm Springs Creek
from 104 will be closed to motorized and mechanized trail use. Approximately
21 miles.
(c) Chamberlin Basin. Approximately 6 miles.
(d) Little Boulder Chain Lakes. Approximately 5 miles.
(e) Chamberlin Creek. Approximately 3 miles.
(f) Iron Basin/Slate Creek. Approximately 6 miles.
(g) Walker Lake. Approximately 5 miles.
(h) Wickup Creek. Approximately 7 miles.

Total White Cloud Closures: Approximately 55 miles of singletrack trails.


Boulder Proposed Wilderness Area Expansion

(a) Grand Prize Gulch road (USFS#402) and trail (USFS#112) from Grand Prize
trailhead to the intersection of USFS#114 at the Bowery Guard Station.
Approximately 15 miles.
(b) Bowery Creek Trail. Approximately 6 miles.
(c) South fork of east fork of Salmon. Approximately 7 miles.
(d) West Pass. Approximately 14 miles.
(e) North Fork Big Wood. Approximately 4 miles.
(f) West Fork Big Wood. Approximately 4 miles.
(g) East Pass Creek/Hunter Creek. Approximately 16 miles.
(h) Sheep Creek. Approximately 3 miles.
(i) Pine Creek. Approximately 4 miles.
(j) Taylor to Pine Creek. Approximately 9 miles.
(k) McDonald Creek. Approximately 4 miles.
(l) Fox Creek. Approximately 4 miles.
(m) West Fork Trail. Approximately 7 miles.

Total Boulder Closures: Approximately 82 miles of singletrack trails.

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