Morgan Lommele: Link areas with bike access on trails (Daily Camera)

The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance supports the Regional Mountain Trails initiative, an unprecedented partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Boulder County, city of Boulder and city of Longmont to connect existing recreation areas in Western Boulder County.

With this effort, the agencies have committed to creating new and improved multi-use recreation opportunities for all trail users throughout the area. Our constituency of mountain bikers looks forward to potential connections between Walker Ranch and Eldorado State Park, Boulder and Nederland, Lyons and Longmont, and many more opportunities to create accessible, emissions-free and fun recreation choices. Above all, we encourage logical connections that provide consistent and fair mountain bike access.

The idea of connecting our existing resources is sustainable and innovative -- these agencies have the opportunity to be national leaders in outdoor recreation management, so long as their process embraces sound recreation science and acknowledges the needs of all users.

Two-thirds of Boulder County is in public ownership, and growth in the Front Range will continue to increase user pressure on those lands. By linking these lands together we can disperse use and provide more varied recreation experiences.

BMA looks forward to collaborating with these agencies and other stakeholders and creating long trail experiences. We hope that the agencies stay engaged with the public as this first phase of listening sessions comes to a close and the second phase of agency workshops begins. Thank you to the agencies for keeping stakeholders informed, and most importantly for their leadership and vision.

MORGAN LOMMELE

Board Member, Boulder Mountainbike Alliance

published online http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_23181756/morgan-lommele-link-areas...