Pacific Crest Trail changes are possible!

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Brock
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There comes a time in everyone's life when they have an opportunity to make a difference, everyone's life. In reality there's lots of moments...but we are often too busy or distracted to notice them...make use of them. Here is one of those moments, take a moment and do not let it pass you by.

In the Pacific Crest Trail we have one of the supreme backcountry expeditions available. It presents those hardy and lucky enough to make their way on it with views and beauty so rich it can make one wonder how...how can this be real? How can I make this last? 

For years mountain bikers were able to access this wonder on our bikes, however in 1988 the United States Forest Service closed the Pacific Crest Trail to our mode of recreation. No public comment...no appeals...just fear and misunderstanding, mixed with a lot of well funded ignorance. There has been no real movement or change until now. The Pacific Crest Trail Reassessment Initiative (http://www.sharingthepct.org/) is trying to reverse that decision; to replace the fear with education and eliminate misunderstanding through collaboration.

Please join The Disciples Of Dirt in our support of this initiative to end decades of unfair and inappropriate federal and state policies which have alienated the fastest growing and most involved group of outdoor enthusiasts, we mountain bikers. As is well known in our circles and well documented with varied land managers, we take care of where we play. We are good stewards of our lands and trails. This can only serve to improve and protect the PCT experience.

Ten years ago you could hear riders lamenting about being shut out of the PCT, moaning they will never see it legal again in their lifetime. Those proclamations are about to be proven premature. Through education, collaboration and perseverance we will again be allowed to recreate and enjoy the wonder that is the Pacific Crest Trail.

 

Brock...

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

LostInTheTrees
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Has the FS actually agreed to reassess? This has come to my attention before and I was unable to find anything on the web site or in GoogleLand that indicated that the FS has responded to the letter and information submitted. I'd love to believe this could happen, but I fear this is just wishful thinking.

Related to this, I have read about relations in Southern CA where the trails are extremely busy because they are close to a huge population. It sounds like the peds in SoCal may have a legit complaint about mtn bikers down there. I have come to think that much of the vehemence around the PCT is actually about the trails down there.

Bob Carlson

Tucson AZ

Brock
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They've apparently acknowledged it should be reviewed and have said it could be reviewed as early as next year. As with all governmental dealings, this likely to be sssslow moving...but that's where perseverance and intelligence come into play for us.

Brock...

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Kosmo
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Supporting comments logged on website.  This may be a stretch, but certainly worth a shot!

Need to get the word out on this up here in Hood River, Brock.  Maybe through the HRATS (local IMBA chapter)?

Tom

Brock
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Kosmo wrote:

Supporting comments logged on website.  This may be a stretch, but certainly worth a shot!

Need to get the word out on this up here in Hood River, Brock.  Maybe through the HRATS (local IMBA chapter)?

Tom

I think it would only help to have HRATS involved. I would hope someone within the organization already knows about it and is in touch with them. It sounds like there's not a lot to do right now, but getting folks lined up and primed couldn't hurt. 

If all you get is blank stares from HRATS, let me know.

Brock...

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

kimm2222
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UPDATE 2/8/2013:

In a letter dated Feb 5th 2013, the Forest Service has rejected a request to rescind or reconsider the Pacific Crest Trail bicycle ban. This recent decision, just like the one in 1988 that originally bannned bicycles from the PCT, was made behind closed doors without conducting a public hearing. The PCT Reassessment Initiative believes the Forest Service’s decision to be shortsighted, biased, and legally questionable ... and urges everyone to take action by writing to their Congress person now. 

You can find a sample letter and read the letter from the USFS here.

Some of the points the PCTRI suggests you make in your letter are:

  1. Most of the PCT is lightly used most of the year and parts of it grow over from lack of use by anyone.
  2. The Pacific Crest Trail Association admits that it cannot keep up with maintaining the entire trail. It is always seeking federal funding to do the work. Mountain bikers could quickly become an invaluable volunteer resource for maintaining the trail. 
  3. The PCT runs through counties that are struggling economically. The few hikers and horseback riders who use the trail don’t seem to be putting much of a dent in those economic problems. Mountain bikers would bring in new revenue to the thousands of local businesses, motels and restaurants along the trail’s route.
  4. Mountain biking is quiet, environmentally friendly, and healthy. If everyone in the country who could ride a bike would do so, we’d have a much lower national health bill.
  5. This isn’t about allowing motor vehicles on the PCT. Bicycling is human-powered, just like walking, jogging, and skiing.

Please check out the Pacific Crest Trail Reassessment Initiative’s website for more information: www.ShareThePCT.org. This campaign is far from over! 

 

Disciples of Dirt
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Let the Pacific Crest Trail Association Know Your Thoughts

The Pacific Crest Trail Association, which serves to “preserve, protect and promote” the PCT, has put out an on-line survey asking people for input on their 2013 Strategic Plan. It's the perfect opportunity for mountain bikers to voice their opinions about how the MTB community can help the PCTA achieve their goals of  trail construction, maintenance and funding (through memberships, donations and grants). More information is in this MTBR post.

If you want to see any change you have to be persistent. Please take a few minutes and add your input to this survey.

 

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MaxSteel
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Done.

Paul Timm

DOD/Worker Bee

"Let us ride"

slowleego
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I thew some positive comments on their page as well.

 

Lee

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