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IMBA California Action Alert:
Help Shape the Future of Mountain Biking in California

The following message outlines two important advocacy issues that California mountain bikers are asked to weigh in on. If you have questions or concerns please contact IMBA's advocacy department at [email protected].
1. IMBA Alert: Help Save California's Lake Oroville Trails
2. IMBA Alert: Help Shape Mountain Biking's Future in California Forests
IMBA Alert: Help Save California's Lake Oroville Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) needs your help to keep a popular trail system in northern California open to mountain bikers. We're asking you to write to land managers at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area and ask them to continue to support trail access for mountain bikers.

In spring 2002, California State Parks opened 17 miles of trail at Lake Oroville to mountain bicycling. Lake Oroville is located about 80 miles north of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills. Since then, hikers, cyclists and equestrians have shared the trail system with no significant user conflicts. Unfortunately, a few vocal equestrians are trying to persuade land agencies managing the property to close the trails to bicycles.

California State Parks management has pledged their commitment to IMBA to provide more great mountain bicycling opportunities throughout the state. Continuing access at Lake Oroville is important because it will lay the groundwork for more mountain bike trail opportunities in many other California State Parks. As such, this is an issue that affects everyone who rides in California.

It's important that mountain bicyclists write a letter supporting mountain bicycling at the park. Please write or FAX your letter by March 3 to:

Eva Begley, Ph.D.
Department of Water Resources
1416 Ninth Street, Room 620
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 653-8250

Take the time to comment today. It will only take a few minutes, and can definitely make a difference. Local equestrians were able to initiate this potential closure in the first place through a flood of letters. We can counter by doing the same. Include a personal perspective why you'd like to see mountain bike access continue in Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. Also consider using the following points in your letter:

- At Lake Oroville, California State Parks coordinated a public process where hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and other stakeholders had input. Based on this feedback, California State Parks determined that trails should include cyclists.
- The fact that a few people disagree with the process does not justify rejecting the decisions that were made.
- The California Recreational Trails Committee unanimously supported the decision to make trails at Lake Oroville multi-use.
- California State Parks has had a long, successful experience with trail recreation, including mountain biking.
- Mountain bicycling is a sustainable, environmentally sound type of trail use. Trail erosion can be effectively reduced by proper trail construction and maintenance.
- People of all ages enjoy mountain biking. Mountain biking is more than good exercise. It provides an opportunity for nature study and appreciation, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
- California is home to more than two million mountain bikers.

For more information and a sample letter please visit: http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/01_03/01_24_california.html

For more information email IMBA Northern California representatives Cathy and Jim Haagen-Smit at [email protected].

IMBA Alert:
Help Shape Mountain Biking's Future in California Forests

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) need your assistance in planning the future of Southern California Forests. The Forest Service is hosting a series of public meetings to solicit feedback on six preliminary alternatives designed to manage Southern California forests. California mountain bikers are invited to attend these meetings.

These management plans will specify where bicyclists can and cannot ride in four separate USFS forests - Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, San Bernadino - for the next 15 years. It's critical that local mountain bikers attend the meetings and make sure the Forest Service understands cyclist's needs in the various areas. Opponents of mountain biking will lobby to severely restrict access on these public lands.

Twenty-four open house meetings are scheduled during February and March to discuss preliminary alternatives. A schedule of meetings in your area is available on the web at http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/workshop2003.htm. Details and maps of the various alternatives will be available at the meetings.

Comments from the meetings will be used by the Forest Service to refine the alternatives and create draft Forest Plans. In Fall 2003, there will be an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Forest Plans and accompanying draft Environmental Impact Statements. The final plan will have implications for proposed Wilderness in the forests as well as on recreation and riding in general.

To help understand the process visit http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/index.html#bypass. Of the six alternatives, Alternative 1 suggests no change from the status quo and continues current uses and management direction. On first take, Alternatives 3 and 6 seem to be the most restrictive to recreational use.

For more information please contact IMBA Board Member and California advocate Jim Hasenauer at [email protected] or IMBA's senior national policy advisor Gary Sprung at [email protected].

Listed below is a complete schedule of Forest Service planning meetings.

To be removed from this list send an email to [email protected] with the subject REMOVE.

1) Angeles National Forest
2) Cleveland National Forest
3) Los Padres National Forest
4) San Bernardino National Forest

1) Angeles National Forest

March 1 (Saturday)
Glendora Public Library
140 S. Glendora Avenue
Glendora, CA
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

March 6 (Thursday)
Holiday Inn
San Gabriel Room
38630 Fifth Street West
Palmdale, CA
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.

March 7 (Friday)
Santa Clarita Activities Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.

March 8 (Saturday)
Wrightwood Community Center
1275 Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

March 12 (Wednesday)
Pasadena Conference Center
Room 101 - 102
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

March 15 ( Saturday)
Lake View Terrace Recreation Center
11075 Foothill Boulevard
Lake View Terrace, CA
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

2) Cleveland National Forest

February 22 (Saturday)
Cleveland National Forest - HQ
10845 Rancho Bernardo Rd., Ste 200
San Diego, CA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

February 26 (Wednesday)
Ramona Community Center
434 Aqua Lane
Ramona, CA
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

March 1 (Saturday)
La Mesa Women's Club
5220 Wilson St.
La Mesa, CA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

March 5 (Wednesday)
Alpine Community Center - Sage Rm.
1830 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

March 8 (Saturday)
Community Center - Comm. Hall
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

March 13 (Thursday)
Corona Public Library
650 S. Main Street
Corona, CA
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

3) Los Padres National Forest

February 27 (Thursday)
Ojai Women's Club
441 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 3 (Monday)
Frazier Park Community Hall
300 Park Drive
Frazier Park, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 5 (Wednesday)
South County Regional Center
800 West Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 6 (Thursday)
Goleta Union School District
Administrative Center
401 North Fairview Avenue
Goleta, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 18 (Tuesday)
Big Sur Lodge Conference Room
Highway 1
Big Sur, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 19 (Wednesday)
Pacific Valley School
Highway 1
Pacific Valley, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

March 20 (Thursday)
Salinas Community Center
Santa Lucia Room
940 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

4) San Bernardino National Forest

February 24 (Monday)
Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 Hwy 38
Big Bear, CA
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

February 25 (Tuesday)
Hootman Senior Center
2929 Running Springs School Road
Running Springs, CA
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

February 26 (Wednesday)
Danny Rhynes Training Center
4121 Quail Canyon Road
San Bernardino, CA
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

February 27 (Thursday)
Pine Springs Ranch
58000 Apple Canyon Road
Garner Valley, CA
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

March 4 (Tuesday)
Rick Novack Community Center
Assembly Room 2
13558 Palm Street
Hesperia, CA
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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