The Campaign to turn much of the roadless land in California to Wilderness is forging ahead with letter writing and meetings with local Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Supervisors and Senator Barbara Boxer's staff. We need to show that we care about these areas also.
GROUSE RIDGE (also known as GROUSE LAKES) is an area in Northern California, half way between Nevada City and Truckee that many of the locals have kept a secret from people across the state. It provides a kick ass rock hopping experience hard to find in most places. If you haven't yet ridden there, pack up your bikes and head for the high country. With luck, you have a month before the first snow falls.
Please take a moment NOW to write an important letter to Senator Barbara Boxer. Here's why: We have met in person with Sen. Boxer's staff, who tells us that they are working on a wilderness bill that is to get introduced sometime soon. Boxer has been receiving letters from proponents of wilderness; if they do not hear from us, they may assume there would be no opposition by the mtn biking community.
At this time, Grouse Ridge is a key target for wilderness designation. We know that hundreds of you have ridden there or will be riding there soon, and all of you should write a letter as soon as possible.
You can help protect your access to these fantastic trails. Below is a sample letter. Write your own or edit it as you see fit. The important thing is to send your letter to the entities below. The time to act is now. For updates on this issue, visit the BONC website, http://www.bonc.org/advocacy_grouse.htm
other websites: Some of the Potential Wilderness Areas in California http://www.calwild.org/pw/index.htm (the Wilderness Coalition, check out all the areas that they are working on!); Grouse Ridge area map http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/tahoe/pdf/grousemap.pdf (from the Tahoe NF's web site). And a word of advice for people that want to ride it for the first time, this is a rocky technical trail system. The Beyer Lake trail is one of the hardest, don't try it till you have ridden a few other of the trails.
Sample letter (Please personalize it!):
Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator@Boxer.Senate.Gov (more important to send snail-mail please!)
As an avid bicyclist, I am concerned about proposals to designate the Grouse Ridge area in the Tahoe National Forest as a federal wilderness area.
This area offers cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts unparalleled recreational opportunities. Bicyclists throughout Northern California use trails in the area as a means to experience the High Sierra in a manner that is respectful of the environment and healthful.
Designation of this area as wilderness would eliminate any and all such recreation at Grouse Ridge. In addition to the loss of opportunities for cyclists, other users would suffer as well. Under the stewardship of the National Forest Service, local bicycle clubs have for years built and maintained trails at Grouse Ridge for all to enjoy. This has helped prevent trail erosion and other hazards.
There are other designations and plans the federal government can enforce to protect this area. These other strategies involve the benefit of environmental protection, without needlessly eliminating access to those who seek to enjoy the area.
Please do not limit access to Grouse Ridge. It means a tremendous amount to visitors of the area, including bicyclists.
send a copy to:
1121 Broadway Ste 203
P.O. Box 7578
Boulder, CO 80306www.imba.org