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Sometimes the squeaky wheel does get the grease, as it were. I recently reported that the incredible Tea Creek Trail system in Pocahontas County, WV, (home of the Slatyfork Shuffle) was being considered for proposed Wilderness designation. Their aren't many local riders in our county, but our small group made numerous phone calls and contacts in an effort to voice our concern for saving the numerous trails in the Tea Creek system for future mountain biking. Although I was not in attendance at the Wilderness Coalition meeting mentioned in the article (due to the Shuffle), many of the others were. This week's Pocahontas Times just came off of the presses yesterday and contained an article concerning the ongoing efforts of the Wilderness Coalition. The Tea Creek drainage area has been removed from the W.C.'s proposed areas for Wilderness expansion. From the article:

•Tea Creek Mountain: 8,289 acres approximately 10 miles northwest of Marlinton, just north of the Williams River Road and the Cranberry Wilderness Area. While inventoried by the USFS, the Wilderness Coalition does not intend to include this area in its proposal due to the area's popularity in the mountain biking community.

For the entire article, see: http://pocahontastimes.com/localnew.html#5thstory

Unfortunately, several legendary West Virginia mountain biking areas remain up for grabs, including the Plantation Trail system in Tucker County, near Canaan Valley. If you haven't ridden Plantation (hint, hint, jm03) do it soon. Not that we'll give them up without a fight, but you never know what's going to happen when the brain power of our federal government is involved.

Score one for the good guys.
 
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