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PRESS RELEASE – Nationwide Alert: Senate Bill Threatens California Trails

Nationwide Alert: Senate Bill Threatens California TrailsA U.S. Senate committee will vote this Wednesday, Feb. 16, on a reintroducedWilderness bill that would ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletracktrails in Northern California. Mountain bikers nationwide are urged toask their senators to delay action on the bill until suitable compromisesare reached and bicycling is accommodated. Your call is especially importantif your senator is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committeelisted below.Senate Bill 128 (S. 128), the Northern California Coastal Wild

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By Press release – IMBA

Nationwide Alert: Senate Bill Threatens California TrailsA U.S. Senate committee will vote this Wednesday, Feb. 16, on a reintroducedWilderness bill that would ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletracktrails in Northern California. Mountain bikers nationwide are urged toask their senators to delay action on the bill until suitable compromisesare reached and bicycling is accommodated. Your call is especially importantif your senator is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committeelisted below.Senate Bill 128 (S. 128), the Northern California Coastal Wild HeritageWilderness Act, sponsored by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would designatemore than 300,000 acres as federal Wilderness. Popular trails would beclosed such as King’s Crest and Lost Coast-Chemise Mountain in the KingRange National Conservation Area and the Red Bud and Judge Davis trailsnear Cache Creek in Lake County. Viewa complete list of threatened trails.IMBA remains firmly dedicated to land conservation and believes thatWilderness designation is just one of many tools that may be employed toprotect wild places. When proposed Wilderness Areas include significantmountain biking opportunities, IMBA proposes alternative land designationsthat protect natural areas while preserving bicycle access.IMBA supports protecting all lands in the bill, but for one-quarterof the areas under consideration, Congress should use protection measuresother
than Wilderness or adjust boundaries to accommodate bicycling.IMBA believes mountain biking, a low-impact, muscle-powered recreation,is an appropriate use of trails on public lands and is consistent withthe
values of Wilderness land protection which includes recreation in naturallandscapes.Talking Points
* Senate Bill 128 needs to better accommodate bicycling and is notready for passage.  Please delay action in the Senate and House untilsuitable compromises are reached.* This bill would close more than170 miles of singletrack trails tobicycling.* IMBA supports protecting all the lands in S. 128, but for one-quarterof the areas under consideration, Congress should use methods other thanWilderness to preserve the land while keeping trails open to mountain biking.* Wilderness is not the only way to protect public lands. Why must landprotection often mean eliminating bicycling opportunities?* Mountain biking started in California and is a popular sport – 5.2million Californians participated last year (Outdoor Industry Association).* Mountain biking brings significant revenue to the state’s economythrough bicycle related industry, tourism, bike shops, touring companiesand more.* Mountain biking is low-impact, muscle-powered recreation and is anappropriate use of trails on public lands. IMBA members highly value landconservation, clean water and clean air.* IMBA supports new Wilderness designations where they don’t close singletrackbicycling opportunities.* Bicyclists simply want to continue to ride on trails that have beenopen to them for years.* Recreation science indicates that bikes affect natural resources nomore than hikers or horses – two user groups allowed on Wilderness trails.Action Steps:
1. Call your two U.S. senators using the Capitol switchboard (202)224-3121. (To learn the name of your state’s senators go to http://www.congress.org
and type in your zip code.) Members of the Senate Energy and NaturalResources Committee are listed below.2. Politely tell them you are calling in regards to S. 128 (NorthernCalifornia Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act) and use the talking pointsabove. If the senator is not a member of the committee, your comments arestill important because the entire U.S. Senate will be asked to vote onthe bill before it goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.3. Please provide your name and address so that they know you are aconstituent. Senators respond best to callers from their home state – ifyou don’t give them contact information, your call probably won’t count.4. If you would rather fax a letter, call your senator’s office to getthe proper fax number and staff member assigned to the bill. Make sureto fax your comments by Wednesday. Email comments are not recommended.Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Chairman Pete Domenici, New Mexico (202) 224 – 6621
Larry Craig, Idaho (202) 224 – 2752
Craig Thomas, Wyoming (202) 224 – 6441
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee (202) 224 – 4944
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska (202) 224 – 6665
Richard Burr, North Carolina (202) 224 – 3154
Mel Martinez, Florida (202) 224 – 3041
James Talent, Missouri (202) 224 – 6154
Conrad Burns, Montana (202) 224 – 2644
George Allen, Virginia (202) 224 – 4024
Gordon Smith, Oregon (202) 224 – 3753
Jim Bunning, Kentucky (202) 224 – 4343
Jeff Bingaman (Ranking Member), New Mexico (202) 224 – 5521
Daniel Akaka, Hawaii (202) 224 – 6361
Byron Dorgan, North Dakota (202) 224 – 2551
Ron Wyden, Oregon (202) 224 – 5244
Tim Johnson, South Dakota (202) 224 – 5842
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana (202) 224 – 5824
Dianne Feinstein, California (202) 224 – 3841
Maria Cantwell, Washington (202) 224 – 3441
Jon Corzine, New Jersey (202) 224 – 4744
Ken Salazar, Colorado (202) 224 – 5852Read IMBA’s Strategyfor Wilderness and Mountain Biking:AttendIMBA’s 24 Hours of D.C. – April 6-7


About IMBA
Founded in 1988, the International Mountain Bicycling Associationis a nonprofit educational association whose mission is to create, enhanceand preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide by encouraginglow-impact riding, volunteer trailwork, cooperation among different trailuser groups and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s worldwidenetwork is comprised of individual members, bicycle clubs, corporate partnersand bicycle retailers.