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Tracy Ridge to Be Partially Open to Bikes!

tracy ridge mapGood news on the proposal to open (Only!) those trails shown in yellow on the left.  The Forest Service published their findings today and have approved the draft plan to open these trails.  Details can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767  

This does not mean that they are open right now. As stated in the Cover Letter, "This decision is subject to an objection process pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 219, subpart Band 36 C.F .R. 218.... Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during scoping or the 30 day public comment period. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive formal comments, unless based on an issue arising after the opportunities for formal comment ended."

The trails will only be open until any objections to this decision are responded to.

While we would expect that those who objected to the opening will object, the evaluation process was very thorough, and it would be hard to see how restating previously submitted comments could change the outcome.

Please remember that when the trails do open, only the yellow trails will be shared use. Riding any other of the trails will lead to a retraction of this permission.  Be sure to get the word out to all cyclists about this as it is very important.

We would like to thank the Forest Service for their thorough and objective evaluation of this action.

Remember to send in your Comments to Allegheny National Forest **This Month**

action alertReminder: You all NEED to write to the Allegheny National Forest **THIS MONTH** (before Jan 26) to let them you know you support their Environmental Assessment supporting opening 12.5 miles of singletrack in the Allegheny National Forest. These trails are in between Allegany State Park in NY and the New Jakes Rocks trails in PA.
All the info you need to know is in the IMBA Action Alert which is here: https://www.imba.com/alert/potential-new-trail-access-allegheny-national-forest-needs-your-action

Forest Service Environmental Assessment on Proposed Opening 12.5 Miles of Trails at Tracy Ridge find No Significant Impact! Letters of Support Needed.

tracy ridge mapAs some of you may have read, there is good things going on on either side of the 42nd parallel, otherwise known as the state line.  While WNYMBA continues to work on new trails in Allegany State Park, Jakes Rocks just opened up down near Warren.  A bunch of WNYMBites ven road this past August from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks over three days and got written up in the latest Dirt Rag.  One area along the way that we couldn't ride, even though we were camping right on the trails that second night (along with the bears) was Tracy Ridge.

Great news!  The Forest Service has completed their environmental assessment and it supports opening 12.5 miles of these trails to bikes, as it found that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.  Read the details at this link.  The final decision would not be issued until March or April.

The forest service needs to hear from you in support of this action.  The comment period doesn't start until after Christmas (early comments may be discarded) and goes for 30 days (exact days aren't set yet).  Best to send in your comments first week of January.  We'll remind everyone with a facebook post.

You may have commented before, but that was just the scoping phase.  This is the result of the environmental assessment, and the forest service needs to hear you support their conclusions.  Your comments should address what the EA actually says, and why you support these findings.  This is a formal process, so you have to make sure you provide your name and mailing address clearly provided or else it won't count.

You can be sure the Wilderness folks will be pushing back hard on this recommendation so it is very important you let the forest service know you support this.

Please send in your letters of support of this proposed trail opening.  You can do this either by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. making sure you put "Tracy Ridge Project" in the subjection line.

or by mail to 

"Tracy Ridge Project"
USDA Forest Service
Allegheny National Forest
Bradford Ranger District
Attention: Rich Hatfield
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701

What a great Christmas present!

Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Below is the text of a press release today from IMBA (meaning its chapters WNYMBA and NAMBA, with assistance from our regional rep Anthony Duncan).

The TL;DR version is this:

Here's the forest service announcement: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD511051

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