The following Action Alert comes via imba.com.
At long last, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule change which will make it easier for parks to open trails for mountain biking. IMBA urges mountain bikers to register comments in support of the rule change. IMBA has been asking for this change since the 1990s. We are now in a commentary period until February 17 to make the change official.
Take Action Now:
-Remember that custom letters are more valuable than form letters.
-Remember to comment by February 17.
-Tell your friends to comment too. The goal is at least 20,000 comments.
-We know that several groups are working to defeat this proposal.
Proposed Rule: National Park Service 36 CFR Part 4 RIN 1024-AD72 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-29892.htm
More Info: http://www.imba.com/resources/agencies/nps_white_paper.html
As the proposal explicitly states, none of the NPS procedures for environmental review — or opportunities for public commentary — will be diminished by this change. What it will achieve is a much more manageable system for adopting mountain biking trails. The proposal states, “As a general matter, the proposed rule provides park superintendents with a more efficient and effective way to determine whether opening existing trails to bicycles would be appropriate in the park unit they manage.”
IMBA believes that this measure will enhance national parks and deserves your support — please file your comments today!