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 needed – already
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
For More Information:
Sierra Club Fact Sheet on Proposed Mountain Biking
Trail in Big Bend
Letter from National Park Service on Proposed Mountain
CLICK HERE to Comment!
Comments due Saturday, April 2, 2011
Make them listen through Action
Star Chapter Sierra Club
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