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BLM Seeks Comments on Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan
 
08/19/2002
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released their draft National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan August 19 for public comment. The draft plan describes how the BLM will manage and support mountain biking for years to come on the 263 million acres of public land they manage.

A team of BLM leaders and advisors developed the draft plan. Long-time IMBA advocate Mark Flint of Tucson, Arizona, participated.

The BLM decided to produce a National Mountain Bike Strategic Action Plan last year following a flood of comments provided by IMBA and our members on the BLM's Off-Highway Vehicle Strategy. That plan originally proposed to group mountain bike management with that of off-highway vehicles.

IMBA encourages mountain bikers to carefully read this draft action plan and submit concise written comments by the Sept. 25 deadline. The plan's goal is to:

promote consistency among BLM states and field offices
maximize the use of existing staff, resources, volunteers and partnerships
recognize the changing demographics, increasing populations, emerging technologies and issues unique to mountain biking
IMBA is grateful for the BLM's careful deliberation and research in shaping this plan. The BLM mountain bike strategy team attended IMBA's Summit in Moab, Utah, in April to gather feedback from mountain bike leaders.

Submit your comments electronically to the BLM's website at www.blm.gov or via the mail to:

Tim Smith, Team Lead
National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan
BLM-California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1834
Sacramento, CA 95825-1886


To read the Draft National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan Click Here (pdf 212k).

www.imba.org



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