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. Contact your member of Congress today and tell them to oppose H.R. 1349, and protect the integrity of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Unfortunately, the same contingent of mountain bikers and an off-shoot mountain biking organization, the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), have also convinced notoriously anti-Wilderness Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to introduce S. 2877, a bill to weaken the Wilderness Act and blast open every Wilderness in the nation to mountain bikes and other human-powered machines. Contact your Senator today.
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. 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 elected officials and tell them to oppose H.R. 1349 and S. 2877!