Dating mountainbikers

It’s easy to say that the bikers making a stink are just selfish. In the long run, conservation can’t do without people like Harris.There are real threats to the wilderness, threats like mining and development and climate change and feral cattle and local governments that resist federal cleanup funding for legacy mine waste.Many mountain bikers were upset because the final bill included both the Ants Basin and Castle Divide trails, two classics.Many think their interests were sacrificed to win the support of motorized users.If hikers and bikers are at each other’s throats, the only interest group that will benefit is the one that would prefer extraction and development.Personally, I don’t think there’s a place for bikes in the wilderness, but I do think they should be encouraged just about everywhere else.National monument status would have given a larger 500,000-acre area strong protections but would have also required a lengthy and complicated management plan.“The president clearly indicated that the national monument designation was not an idle threat,” says Marcia Argust, project director of the U. public lands program at the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trust, one of the conservation organizations that pushed for wilderness designation.

And in many places, they're first learning about wilderness by getting thrown out of it.This particular push for wilderness was championed by Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson, and in most respects, it’s a giant victory for cooperative land preservation in an era where seemingly every big decision gets made by the courts and by executive order.In fact, the one thing that brought about a legislative solution was Obama’s recent willingness to use the Antiquities Act, as other presidents have done in the past, to designate large swaths of the American West as national monuments.But, insists Brooks, those trail exclusions weren’t just for motorized users. “Mountain bikers had a huge influence on this bill.” The Wilderness Society also points to other success stories where riders and wilderness advocates have been able to come together, notably the designation, last December, of wilderness and mountain biking areas in the Hermosa Creek Watershed just north of bike-crazy Durango, Colorado.Still, when it comes to Boulder–White Cloud, members of the cycling community have been up in arms.There are very real threats to the wilderness right now, and I think that the growing animosity among recreation interests is every bit as dangerous as the Big Creek mining road.

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