IMBA Testifies in Congress Today on California Wilderness

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Eller, IMBA communications specialist
[email protected]
303-545-9011 ext. 115

For the second time in a nine-month period, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has been asked to testify before the U.S. Congress regarding proposed Wilderness. Today, July 14th, IMBA's Jim Hasenauer will provide testimony on the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (S.128/H.R. 233), a bill that threatens to ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletrack trails.

Hasenauer, a mountain biking pioneer and former IMBA president, will speak on the importance of singletrack in the proposed 300,000-acre Wilderness area before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Forest and Forest Health.

IMBA remains dedicated to land conservation and believes that the Wilderness designation is just one of many tools that should be employed to protect wild places. When proposed Wilderness areas include significant mountain biking opportunities, IMBA suggests diverse land designations that protect natural areas while preserving access for bicycles. Hasenauer will make those and other key points to the Congressional leaders.

In September 2004, IMBA board member Chris Distefano spoke before the U.S. Congress about proposed Wilderness in Oregon.

"IMBA is committed to representing mountain bikers at the highest level of government," said IMBA government affairs director Jenn Dice. "By influencing decisions in Washington, D.C., we're able to provide more trails on the ground, or in cases like Wilderness bills, help prevent trail closures for mountain bikers across the country."

Read IMBA's written testimony

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Donate to IMBA's Legal Defense Fund

Read about IMBA's four-part strategy to protect access for mountain bicycling while preserving natural areas

Learn about an innovative bike-friendly Wilderness bill in Virginia

Learn about mountain bikers' proposal to protect public lands and preserve bicycling access near Mount Hood in Oregon