You can't get any more "official" than this! Tim Blumenthal is the Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 16:01:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tim Blumenthal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: IMBA Meets With Wilderness Society Leaders
IMBA Meets With Wilderness Society Leaders
National leaders of IMBA and The Wilderness Society met in Washington on
March 27 to discuss ways to improve communication and work together. One key
topic was proposed and potential Wilderness area designations across the
country. which are problematic for bicyclists because federal agencies have
prohibited cycling in Wilderness areas since 1984. This meeting, the first
in a series, was sponsored by REI.
The 66-year-old Wilderness Society works to protect America's wilderness and
to develop a nationwide network of wild lands. The group and its partners
are currently developing Wilderness proposals for almost every U.S. state.
One outcome of the meeting was a joint commitment to engage IMBA's
grassroots activists in the site-specific review of Wilderness proposals
early in the process. Another topic was IMBA's work on alternatives to
Wilderness designation that would protect both public land and bicycle
Both organizations back full funding of the Land & Water Conservation Fund,
the Forest Service Roadless Initiative, as well as increased support for
Federal land management agencies.
Tim Blumenthal-Executive Director
International Mountain Bicycling Association
ph: (303)545-9011 x 102, FAX: (303)545-9026
e-mail: email@example.com website:http://www.imba.com