Wednesday, December 15, 2010

West Virginia Mountain Bike Association Action Alert


West Virginia Mountain Biking Association

Our mission is to develop preserve, and maintain land for multi-trail use and to promote sanctioned mountain bike racing in the State of West Virginia.

December 14, 2010

Picture below: Duane Jones of Parkersburg, WV enjoying the North Fork Mountain Trail.


North Fork Mountain

Action Alert

The West Virginia Mountain Bike Association and the International Mountain Biking Association are sending you this email to provide an update on H.R.5965 - Monongahela Conservation Legacy Act of 2010, which, if passed, would ban mountain bikers from the North Fork Mountain trail.

As of this notice, the bill has not moved forward and we are encouraged BUT we need to continue to be diligent. A phone call or email to representatives asking that they please do not support the inclusion of H.R.5965 - Monongahela Conservation Legacy Act of 2010 into the Omnibus public lands billcould help ensure this remains the case. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

WVMBA did not and does not endorse the 6,000 acre wilderness nor did they collaborate or approve to reduce and support the West Virginia citizen’s proposal modification from the 9,000 acres to the Redmen Run Trail boundary and the resulting 6,000 acre proposal as it stands in HR 5965.

The reduction, while it does keep bicycle access open to Redman Run Trail, was solely to keep the proposed Wilderness boundary in Representative Mollohan's district so there would be no congressional opposition. The original proposal of 9,000 acres would have gone south into Grant county and out of Representative Mollohan’s district.

Since this proposal has been introduced into congress WVMBA has become aware of future threats for natural gas exploration in this region. WVMBA has prudently taken steps to be involved with strengthening land protection to abate this and other threats to this amazing region of West Virginia, while still allowing bicycle access to West Virginia’s most popular National Forest trail – The North Fork Mountain IMBA Epic Trail.

Losing access to this trail would severely impact bicycle tourism in West Virginia. This trail is not only a showcase trail for WVMBA but it is a destination trail for the entire mid-Atlantic bicycle community that is not replaceable.

Rep. Nick Rahall
Washington Office
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington,DC 20515
(202) 225-3452

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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito
Washington, DC Office:
2443 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2711
Fax: (202) 225-7856

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

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Sen. Joe Manchin
Washington, DC
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3954
Fax: 202-228-0002

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What can you do?

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