On Monday night, the US Forest Service conducted a publicmeeting to unveil their National Forest Land Management plan. The meeting wasvery well attended by mountain bikers whom made up the vast majority of theattendees. TORCA was there in force and regale as well as members of other mtb groupssuch as SAMBA, IMBA and SDMB.
<oAdvocacy Update and how you can help.</o
The Coronado NationalForest Management plan is a proposed plan that incorporated all kinds ofchanges or “revisions” to their existing plan that had not been revised since1986. The revisions addressed five priorities 1) Ecosystem restoration 2)Safety and Information 3) Public access 4) Preservation of open space 5)collaborationand partnerships.
This plan is a very broad plan that has all kinds of changesto it in finer detail. The good news is that none of the changes impact us as auser group in a negative fashion. However, we have some work to do if we wantto see more areas for us to play in. At the moment there are two areas dubbed, “Developed recreation” that can be developed.One area flanks the highway most all the way up Catalina Highway and the otheris in the Reddington Area. If we as a group want more trails to play on we needto let the forest service know.
Here’s how you canhelp. Send an email to the USFS emailaddress hereà [email protected] (Subject: Coronado National Forest, Plan Revision) and briefly statethat you would like to see “more opportunities for mountain biking in thedeveloped recreation areas on Mount Lemmon. The more specific you can be thebetter. If you are a downhiller, you could state that you would “like to seemore one way downhill mountain biking opportunities in the developed recreationareas to alleviate” congestion and trail conflicts on trails frequented byhikers and mountain bikers. Similarly,if you are an xc mountain biker and want to see an xc loop on mount Lemmon,state that.
The comment periodwill be open until February 20 so don’t wait to get yourcomments in! Additionally, if you would like to attend the next meeting, itwill be at Udall park rec center on January 22 at 6pm.
More information onthe plan can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fswdev7_018702http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fswdev7_018702[/SIZE] or feel free to give TORCA President ArtAlcantara and TORCA VP Vernie Aikins a call or email.
Thanks everyone for helping make Tucson a better place toride!
Art Alcantara 5911514 [email protected]
Vernie Aikins 2482226 [email protected]