Action Alert!
Comments Needed Now on Proposed Mountain Biking Trail!

The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed construction of a new, 10-mile mountain biking trail in Big Bend National Park that would cut across currently undeveloped backcountry and undisturbed habitat in Big Bend National Park, northeast of Panther Junction. The Sierra Club is opposed to this threat to the wild nature of the Park and urges you to express your concerns as well.

The new trail is not neededalready there are miles of backcountry dirt roads in the Park that are open to mountain biking (in fact there are 150 miles of dirt roads in the Park). The issue is not whether mountain biking should be permitted in Big Bend – the issue is where the activity occurs and how it impacts the nature of the Park.

The area where the proposed trail would be built has been identified as an area for potential wilderness designation. Building the trail would preclude wilderness designation for that area.

Federal regulations currently prohibit use of bicycles off of existing paved and unpaved roads in all units of the National Park system. Proceeding with the proposed trail would require federal rulemaking to carve out an exception at Big Bend and would set a precedent that might lead to inappropriate trails at other national parks.

NPS is soliciting comments on an “Environmental Assessment” (EA) of the proposed trail at Big Bend. Comments on the proposed mountain biking trail are due Saturday, April 2! Please comment today to preserve the wildness of Big Bend National Park! Urge NPS to adopt “Alternative A – No Action” on the proposed mountain biking trail.

For More Information:

Sierra Club Fact Sheet on Proposed Mountain Biking Trail in Big Bend

Letter from National Park Service on Proposed Mountain Biking Trail

Sample Comments

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Comments due Saturday, April 2, 2011

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