Once again, the issues surrounding wilderness access policies have reared their ugly head. The Bitterroot Valley in Montana is home to amazing, pristine singletrack and 110 miles of it is under the threat of permanent closure to mountain bikes under the Sapphire and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Areas. The singletrack was temporarily re-opened to bikes earlier this year after a judge ruled to re-open the comment period on the process that closed the trails to bikes two years earlier. The local advocacy group, the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists (BBC), discovered that the trails had hardly been used since mountain bikes were banned, and the BBC worked most of the summer to clear the trails of hundred of down trees. Now is the time to chime in to fight to get mountain bikers access to these trails permanently.
The comment period for objections on the Wilderness Study Area travel plans have been extended until November 19th. The guidelines on how to properly object are quite specific, but the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA) has simplified the process with an outlined and easy to fill-out template.
From our first-hand experience, the process of commenting using SDMBA’s template literally takes 20 seconds with Google Chrome’s Autofill, or about one minute depending on fast you type.
To comment on the Bitterroot Travel Plan, visit SDMBA’s website here. For information about the plan read SDMBA’s brief summary here or the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists post here and read the actual travel plan straight from the horse’s mouth here and here.