The North Fork Mountain Trail is an IMBA designated EPIC Ride in West Virginia. This National Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest is a great place to ride a bicycle! Current proposed Congressional legislation may designate this area Wilderness effectively banning bicycles.
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
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 202-224-6472
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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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