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"Support! National Park Service Rule Change 36 CFR 4.30"

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Published on Jan 23, 2009

"Support! National Park Rule Change 36 CFR 4.30"

The International Mountain BIcycling Association (IMBA) asks you to support the National Park Service and the proposed Rule Change 36 CFR 4.30- the special regulation that applies to mountain biking in the parks!

It is our national parks that unite us all as Americans. From the establishment of Yellowstone as Americas first national park in 1872, to the 391 National parks that we have today. Americans have been united in their support of a national park system that protects our countriess most treasured natural landscapes, ecosystems and cultural resources.

Our national parks provide many opportunities for exploration — from hiking and horseback riding, to fishing and rafting, to climbing and mountain biking. Mountain biking is an ideal way to explore dirt roads and trails. Currently, more than 40 national parks offer mountain biking opportunities, helping connect visitors to the natural world.

The non-profit Outdoor Industry Foundation tells us that bicycling is the number one gateway activity that gets kids outside and involved in a variety of outdoor sports, such as fishing, backpacking and hiking. Mountain bikers are committed to protecting the environment, and are proven stewards of the lands in which they ride. Every year, IMBA members contribute more than one million hours of volunteer trail work, building and maintaining environmentally sustainable trails around the United States.

Independent scientific studies, including those conducted by the National Park Service, have shown that, the environmental impacts of mountain biking are similar to those of hiking, and far less than many other recreational activities.

IMBA has worked in partnership with the park service to maintain park trails, develop effective management strategies, and identify new opportunities for mountain biking in the parks. Mountain biking is officially recognized by the NPS as an appropriate activity, harmonious with the park services mission of conservation and preservation.

The park service has recently suggested a rule change for the process of opening trails to bikes — a process that currently requires tremendous expense, years of paperwork and redundant local- and national-level processes. In the 30-year history of mountain biking in the national parks, the lengthy regulatory process has only been successfully completed twice. The suggested rule change will eliminate duplicative paperwork and help to create new, appropriate opportunities for mountain biking. It would only apply to parks where including mountain biking is considered non-controversial by park staff.

The rule change would not diminish environmental protections or opportunities for public comment. It would not impact Wilderness or Wilderness Study Area regulations. All trails would still have to comply with all National Park Service Planning rules and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Creating opportunities for mountain biking is not about taking opportunities away from existing users, such as hikers or equestrians. Shared-use trails work — there are hundreds of success stories around the country demonstrating that hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians can all get along.

Join IMBA in supporting the National Park Service and their suggested rule change to improve sustainable mountain biking opportunities. Go to imba.com and send an electronic comment letter supporting Rule Change 36 CFR 4.30.

The national parks have united us all as Americans. We must now unite to support a positive change for our national parks.

Production Credits:
"Support! National Park Service Rule Change 36 CFR 4.30"
(Running Time: 3:53)

Produced By:
International Mountain BIcycling Association

Producer:
Jenn Dice IMBA Government Affairs Director

Written By:
Nat Lopes- Hilride
Rachael Lopes- Hilride

Co-Written By:
Jenn Dice- IMBA Government Affairs Director
Mark Eller- IMBA Communications Director

Videography:
Nat Lopes- Hilride
Rachael Lopes- Hilride

Photography:
Rachael Lopes- Hilride
IMBA Archive

Narrated By:
Bryan Dean- myspace/bddeanbassist

Original Score:
Glenn McMullen- soundofpop.com
Thomas Ryder Payne- soundofpop.com

Edited By:
Nat Lopes- Hilride

Production Manager:
Rachael Lopes- Hilride

Special Thanks:
Marin Trips For Kids
Miwok Livery Stables
Outdoor Alliance

A Hilride Production
All Rights Reserved © 2008
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