BCHA Responds to BLM, NPS & USFWS on e-Bike Rules

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BCHA’s Formal Public Comments on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Rule to Increase Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes (e-Bikes) June 5, 2020—BCHA submitted a public comment letter that voiced strong opposition to elements of the BLM Proposed Rule (i.e., policy change) that would, if adopted, superimpose e-Bike use—a motorized form of travel—on non-motorized trails used … Read More

BCHA, BCH California and Others File Litigation Challenging Tahoe National Forest’s Approval of Motorized Electric Bikes on Non-motorized Trails

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SACRAMENTO, October 23, 2019 – Backcountry trail and forest groups in California joined together in a suit filed today that challenges the U.S. Forest Service decision to allow motorized bikes to operate on non-motorized trails in the Tahoe National Forest. Plaintiffs in the suit include the Gold Country Trails Council, Backcountry Horsemen of California, Back Country Horsemen of America, the Forest … Read More

A Motor is a Motor. Um Right

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A Motor is a Motor. Um, Right? When is a motor on a mountain bike not considered a motor? When the Secretary of Interior commands it. Nothing could be more crazy, but here we are. Electric bikes (e-Bikes) soon could be sharing multiple-use trails with horsemen. On August 29th, Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), David Bernhardt, issued Secretarial … Read More

Prevent Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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Secretary of Interior Declares: A Motor is Not a Motor. On August 29th, 2019, the Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) issued Secretarial Order 3376, titled “Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes.” The Order applies to all DOI agencies (National Park Service, BLM, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service). Essentially, it orders the agencies to adopt policies … Read More

BCHA, BCH California and Others Demand the Tahoe National Forest Rescind its Decision to Allow Motorized Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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The Wilderness Society, Gold Country Trails Council, Back Country Horsemen of America, Backcountry Horsemen of California, along with its Mother Lode Unit, and Forest Issues Group request that the Tahoe National Forest immediately withdraw its decision to permit Class 1 electric mountain bikes (EMTBs) on non-motorized trails and remove the approximately 132 miles of trails closed to motor vehicle use … Read More

National Trail and Conservation Groups Blast New DOI E-Bike Order

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BCHA is leading the charge nationally to urge caution when allowing electric bikes on multi-use trails. Safety and compatibility concerns need to be considered. Contact: Tyler Ray, American Hiking Society, tray@americanhiking.org, 301-565-6704 (x705) Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America, WildernessAdvisor@bcha.org, 541-602-0713 Angela Gonzales, National Parks Conservation Association, agonzales@npca.org, 202-878-0359 Mark Larabee, Pacific Crest Trail Association, mlarabee@pcta.org, … Read More

Editorial LA Times – Keep mountain bikes out of wilderness areas

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Editorial Keep mountain bikes out of wilderness areas Mountain bikers ride up the Cholla Trail in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park April 29, 2008. (Los Angeles Times) The Times Editorial Board The federal Wilderness Act of 1964 was not vague about its intent: to protect significant and as-yet unspoiled land and wildlife habitat from the ravages of “an … Read More

Our Public Lands Need Your Help

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BCHA needs your help: Calls to Congress Needed this Week! We have learned that Congress could begin negotiations this week regarding 2018 funding for a number of programs important to horsemen, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund and recreation and trail programs administered by the federal land management agencies. There is much at stake for horsemen and trail users. Congress … Read More

Take Action! – Voice Your Opposition to H.R. 1349

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Uphold the Integrity of the Wilderness Act Voice Your Opposition to H.R. 1349 Mountain bikes in designated Wilderness? For over 50 years it’s been prohibited by the landmark Wilderness Act. But a new group, the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), intends to change that. The STC’s president proclaimed that legalizing mountain bikes in wilderness is inevitable. We need your help to … Read More

National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act Signed into Law

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Public Law 114-245: National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, was signed by President Obama on November 28, 2016. We did it! BCHA, our partners and “Trails bill” sponsors have brought national attention to the trail maintenance backlog on our national forests. There is much more work ahead, however, as the agency has yet to enjoy increased funding and capacity to … Read More

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