They start with the MTB's and then come after us. If any of you know this trail please help.
Dear friends, mt. bikers and Tahoe-Sierra 59/100 racers,
We need your help. The Tahoe-Sierra 59/100 is in jeopardy of being eliminated due to the efforts of a secretive equestrian group that does not want bicycles or OHV's on the Western States Trail in the Tahoe National Forest. They have been hammering on the USFS and District 4 Congressman Tom McClintock's office, and we were just informed that the USFS will not issue Global Biorhythm Events a permit for the 2013 race if the course uses the Western States Trail (WST).
Making matters more frustrating is we have been unsuccessful in getting a meeting with all parties represented at the table, but we understand the equestrians have met with the Foresthill District Ranger more than once to plead their case. This is unacceptable to us. The District Ranger, who has been an ally to GBE in the past, has caved to the equestrians without hearing from the mountain bike community.
The USFS recommends we reroute the course, which we will not do. If we give-in here, mountain bikers will ultimately lose access to the WST, which has been multi-use-legal for 30+ years. The equestrians are playing the "safety card" and stressing how dangerous it is for bicycles to be on the trail, pointing to the unfortunate accident that happened during last year's race at the bottom of Francisco's fire road. We have been working diligently to make sure decision makers understand the truth surrounding this accident, but it hasn't changed the outcome thus far.
Now we ask for your help. Please take a moment to call or email the following people with your heartfelt thoughts about this injustice. Please do this right away. In order to ensure that the 2013 Tahoe-Sierra Race happens, we need to get the permit soon, so that we can focus on organizing everything that goes into making the Tahoe-Sierra a premier endurance event.
Thank you for your support!
These are the folks you need to send your email to. DO THIS TODAY!!!
Randy Moore (Regional Forester, Pacific Southwest Region): firstname.lastname@example.org 707-562-9000
Roseanna Wary (Special Assistant to Rancy Moore): email@example.com 707-562-9000
Chris Fischer (District Ranger, American River): firstname.lastname@example.org 530-367-2224
Mo Tebbe (District Ranger, American River): email@example.com
Mary Sullivan (American River Ranger District): firstname.lastname@example.org 530-367-2224
While personalized emails are always best, if all you have time for is to copy/paste something to the key USFS people, please use this below (feel free to edit it if need be):
Email Subject: I support mountain biking on the Western States Trail and request open discussion about potential changes in policy
Dear Forest Service,
I am a mountain biker that supports sharing trails on public lands. Mountain biking has been an acceptable use on the Western States Trail for more than 30 years, making mountain bikers a historical user group. Banning mountain biking from the Western States Trail in the Tahoe National Forest and/or denying Global Biorhythm Events a permit to conduct the Tahoe-Sierra Endurance Race on parts of the Western States Trail is unnecessary, unwarranted and unacceptable.
If there is truly a safety issue, let's see the statistics and let's work on a solution together. One user group with an exclusionary agenda cannot and should not dictate USFS policy without including other affected user groups in the decision making process. Blanket bans do not work and only create more animosity and problems for the trail stakeholders and those charged with managing the trail system. We need to be a united trails community, working together to maintain and protect our trail system in the Tahoe National Forest, including the historic Western States Trail. Whether it's a bicycle event (Tahoe-Sierra), an equestrian event (Tevis Cup), or a running event (Western States 100), the Western States Trail can be shared safely every day, including race day.
I ask you to meet with stakeholders from all interested parties, together, and resolve this issue immediately.