The National Park Service is considering a plan to relax their regulations that govern bicycles on trails - a change potentially made without public notice, review or comment which would allow Park Superintendents to discriminately designate trails and trail use.
Because American Hiking Society supports the principle of managing trails for their primary purposes and fully involving hikers in developing policies that affect the designation, planning, management and maintenance of foot trails, we’re concerned that the National Park Service has not engaged the hiking community as stakeholders in the shared process of trail designation.
Without the input of the hiking community, the trust and transparency that has enabled the Parks to work so closely with us for so many years may be threatened.
American Hiking Society opposes the use of mountain bicycles in designated wilderness areas and areas under consideration for wilderness designation. We support the current National Park Service policy for bicycle route designation [36 CFR 4.30].
To encourage Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne to engage the hiking community before issuing this regulatory change, please customize the basic e-mail below, by adding a few sentences about why hiking is important to you, and click to send it.
Click here for more information about American Hiking Society’s recreation and conservation policies.
For further information contact Kim Hutson de Belle, AHS Senior Director of Stewardship & Policy at 301-565-6704 ext. 205 or email@example.com.