View Full Version : TWS isn't just against us...

07-16-2008, 09:10 AM
Maybe the mountain bike community will wake up and take note, that they are in the crosshairs too:
July 15, 2008

Dear Bozo,

A rugged land of sparkling lakes, 10,000-foot peaks and
world-class wildlife habitat, Montana's stunning Lionhead
Recommended Wilderness, just west of Yellowstone National Park,
is a dazzling area of tranquility. The area is so rugged that
the Forest Service proposed that it be off limits to all
mechanized travel, including mountain bikes.

But the proposal to protect the rugged Lionhead area is in

That's why Lionhead needs your help before July 18. Tell the
Forest Service to do the right thing: Link kindly removed -Ed.[/URL]

Mountain bike activists have mounted a campaign to convince the
Forest Service to give in and give cyclists total access to
wilderness quality lands. [oh, the horror. Sounds like they just want to access this area. -Ed.]

Alternative trails - including many primitive roads outside
recommended wilderness areas - are available for bike rides but
no alternative will replace the Lionhead Wilderness [ahem, it is not Wilderness. Kinda jumped the gun? -Ed.].

Please urge Gallatin National Forest Supervisor Mary Erickson
not to give in to proponents of mechanized trails. Tell her to
stand by her proposal to fully protect traditional hiking and
pack trails and the Lionhead Recommended Wilderness.

Click here: Link kindly removed -Ed.
[URL="http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/lionhead/i3i56ed4z3nkb6n?"] (http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/lionhead/i3i56ed4z3nkb6n?)

Kathy Kilmer
The Wilderness Society
Sent to me by a friend...

07-16-2008, 09:16 AM
FWIW, the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance has been on top of this. The comment period ends this Friday, July 18, should someone want to write a letter about this. Never been there and my letter only said that it would be a shame if I never got the chance. Probably pretty hollow since I am not familiar with the area, but at least there's an extra pro-MTB access tick.



Written comments should be sent to:

Gallatin National Forest
Attn: Steve Christiansen
P.O. Box 130
Bozeman, MT 59771

Electronic comments can be e-mailed to:

07-18-2008, 12:04 AM
Interestingly, the IMBA action alert sounds like it could have been written by BRC or COHVCO.

For good reason. Same errors are made against us.

More power to them!

FWIW, I think mechanized travel should be permitted in Wilderness anyway. Guess that makes me a radical.

07-21-2008, 08:32 AM
I'll disagree with you on that one Bill...I think there should be areas free of mechanized machinery. Then again I think there should also be a lot less wilderness since all of the "newer" wilderness isn't really wilderness at all. Once man has made modifications in there it should just be regular forest (ie: Indian Peaks Wilderness should be no more).

07-21-2008, 08:55 AM
By "mechanized travel" I mean mountain bikes. Not OHVs. I see little difference between MTBs and horse travel in terms of impact.

I agree with you about Indian Peaks... but good luck going for that, of course.