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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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Jakes Rocks Public Comment open till June 3

The ANF has the Public Comment open till June 3rd. the following link will get you to the letter that details some of the specifics of the project , the map and a link to email your comment, you can also phone or fax it in..

There is some consideration regarding closing the trail system during the Winter months, many of us want them to be treated just like hiking trails, not closed for hunting or Winter...  but voice your own comments, just be sure to  express your desire to get these trails in,, please......

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Imagine: 39 miles of epic riding, just over the border:

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.