Time for some more letter writing. The folks at the Montana Bicycle Guild have done a bang up job of evaluating the wilderness inventory for the Helena and Lewis & Clark Forest Plan revision.
Once again, the Montana Bicycle Guild is trying to make it as easy as possible for people to submit comments to the Forest Service -- this time on Wilderness Inventory areas, which is the first out of four stages for recommending new wilderness to Congress. This should only take a couple minutes, so please take the time to submit your comments!! The more people that submit comments, the more of an impact we'll have on the future of mountain biking here in Montana. Also, I encourage everyone to forward this to anyone and everyone that may want to provide comments. Important: All comments are due by 5 p.m., next Friday, March 11, 2016!!
I've attached a template of the wilderness inventory comments in Microsoft Word for people to easily submit. Before submitting, here's what you need to do: include your name and contact information in the spaces provided at the top of the document because the Forest Service needs to know who its from. Then, just submit your comments in one of two ways: (1) fill-in your contact information electronically on the blank lines I provided at the top, save it (preferably as a PDF), then email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or (2) you may print the document and send your comments via postal mail to: Liz Van Genderen, Helena National Forest, 2880 Skyway Dr., Helena, MT 59602.
Please feel free to revise the document or add certain comments that we may have missed so it reflects what YOU want the Forest Service to consider. These comments are intended to be from you, so make as many changes as you want or none at all -- just trying to make it as simple as possible.
By doing all the leg-work on this, we tried to make it as easy as possible for everyone to submit comments. However, if you want to do your own research or get a better idea about this whole thing, the following link should point you in the right direction: HLCNF Wilderness Inventory Planning.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to submit comments! Its crucial for the mountain bike community to come together, get involved and show their numbers to the Forest Service. This is a huge opportunity to impact which areas will be designated as wilderness -- and thus closed to mountain biking forever -- so spread the word!
Of course, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or anyone else at the MBG if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Cheers!