For Immediate Release 7/17/2012
Contact markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115
Tomorrow, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will announce a bike-friendly Wilderness bill for the Hermosa Creek Drainage. Trails 2000, a local IMBA-affiliated trail group, was an integral player in the creation of this important legislation, and both IMBA and Trails 2000 wholeheartedly support the Senator in this effort. The bill will protect the important Hermosa Creek Trail while keeping it open to mountain biking, a major component of the recreation economy in Colorado’s La Plata County.
“Local mountain bike interests and conservation groups met numerous times over the past several years to reach agreement on the proposed wilderness boundary. The legislation will effectively protect the watershed and we are happy to announce that the following trails will remain open to bicycling: Hermosa Creek, the Colorado Trail and Corral Draw. In addition, the Senator will be working with us and the Forest Service to explore a new connecting trail between the Hermosa and the Colorado Trails,” said Mary Monroe, executive director of Trails 2000.
Ashley Korenblat, Director of IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative, adds, “Protected trail systems in communities all over the country provide a reliable source of revenue for their host communities. The Hermosa Creek Trail is a world-class recreation asset that deserves permanent protection. In Colorado, well-managed recreation assets on public lands act as a powerful multiplier for local economies, attracting vistors and businesses of all types. This bill is a great example of well designed land protection for the 21st century.”
Learn more about Trails 2000.
Learn more about IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative.