Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 1349, which would amend the Wilderness Act to allow bicycles, game carts and other mechanized devices in federally designated Wilderness. Rep. McClintock is no friend of public lands, and has a very poor lifetime conservation voting record, according to the League of Conservation Voters. He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and chair of the public lands subcommittee, meaning he is in a significant position of leadership. As a result, this bill could advance in the House. Contact your member of Congress today and tell them to oppose H.R. 1349, and protect the integrity of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Section 4c (Prohibition of Certain Uses) of the Wilderness Act clearly states that there should be no forms of motorized and mechanical transport in federally designated Wilderness. But pressure from the mountain biking community, particularly the Sustainable Trails Coalition, wants to change all that. Click here to read a recent editorial in Outside Magazine that calls out the mountain biking community for selfishly promoting their own interests above that of the land and the law.
Please contact your Congressman or woman and tell them to oppose H.R. 1349 and mechanical transport like mountain bikes in wilderness areas!