New Mexico’s U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today he will soon introduce the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act. IMBA and several cycling groups in New Mexico are pleased to announce their support for this bill. Local cycling organizations backing the proposal include the Taos Cycling Coalition, Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, Friends of the Outdoors, Velo De Animas Bicycle Club and the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico
After intense and comprehensive discussions over the past year, cyclists joined Wlderness advocates and the congressional delegation to create a powerful land protection bill for the future of Taos County. “Senator Bingaman and his staff have been excellent. They have been creative and just plain smart regarding meeting the needs of all the stakeholders,” says Ashley Korenblat, Director of IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative.
The bill will make the entire Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area into Wilderness, while also improving the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Sean Cassily of the Taos Cycling Coaltion, says, “The bill is great for New Mexico in that it protects the land and creates important recreation assets for the Taos community. This makes a difference in terms of quality of life for those of us who live here, while also attracting additional summer visitation which has become more and more important around the West.”
An upcoming IMBA action alert will let you register support for this bike-friendly land protection bill.