Vermont Mountain Biking Under Threat?



We just received this message from friend Berne Broudy. Please take a moment to read this and by all means and take action!

Hi All-

There is a new proposed rule to “regulate” public activities on lands owned by Vt Fish and Wildlife. The rule would put a blanket ban on mountain biking, climbing and other “incompatible” activities on 133,000 acres of lands.

The new rule has been approved by the Fish and Wildlife Board, which is currently accepting public comment via email and at two meetings. The first meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) in Montpelier, The second is Thursday in Castleton.

If you can attend the meetings, please do. More information on the ruling can be found here. Comments can be submitted here. And more info on the meetings can be found here.

If you want to write a letter but are pressed for time, the Access Fund, a climbing advocacy group, has drafted an excellent letter geared towards keeping climbing open on these lands here. Tweak it slightly and it works for mountain biking too. The Access Fund letter asks Fish and Wildlife to consider each piece of land individually, not to create a blanket rule.

Thanks for taking the time to do this. Please spread the word to others in your clubs.

Warmly, Berne