For Immediate Release 2-28-2012
Photo from Durango, Colorado, courtesy of Anne Keller.
Contact markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) joined Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall in Frisco yesterday to announce a collaborative, community-driven process to create land protection legislation and national monument designation in two areas of Colorado. IMBA agrees with the senator that land protection is an important component of supporting and enhancing the recreation economy in Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, Chaffee and other counties across Colorado.
IMBA and its local affiliates are intimately familiar with the lands in question and will be working directly with the senator to bring land protection to these areas. The methods will include both Wilderness designations, which do not allow bicycles, and companion designations, which do. The senator is aware of the importance of the cycling community and cycling industry to the state and will be working with IMBA to craft bicycle-friendly land protection.
“We look forward to working with Senator Udall and his staff to provide detailed information about the landscapes in question. We believe this effort could lead to model legislation and bike-friendly land protection measures, not just for Colorado, but for public lands through out the country,” said Jenn Dice, IMBA’s government affairs director. “We already know there are many elements of his proposal we can enthusiastically support. In some instances we will be asking for boundary adjustments and companion designations to protect the land and allow for continued mountain biking.”