Updated: Legislation Aiming to Sell 3.3 Million Acres of BLM Land To Be Withdrawn

Lands within what is now the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah may be up for sale if House Bill 621 passes. Photo: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr Creative Commons

Update from the Editor, February 2, 10:32am: Apparently between the time this news article was written yesterday evening and it was published this morning, Congressman Jason Chaffetz posted on his Instagram account that he would be withdrawing House Bill 621 today: I am withdrawing HR 621. I'm a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public …

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Forest Service Says “No Evidence Bike Use Would Degrade Trails”

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A proposal has been put forth that mountain bikes be allowed on a historic trail in the Alleghany National Forest: Tracy Ridge, in Pennsylvania. The USFS conducted an environmental assessment about the fitness of this trail for mountain bike access and they found that “there is no evidence that bike use of the area would degrade the …

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After Yet Another Loss, Montana Mountain Bikers Fight Back With a Lawsuit of Their Own

Just one small part of what stands to be lost to cyclists (photo: Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists)

Editor’s Note: John Fisch is an avid backcountry enthusiast who hikes, bikes and backpacks at every opportunity. While John is a regular contributor to Singletracks.com, the opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. Anti-cycling forces have long used lobbying clout and legal action to close longstanding cycling routes …

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6 Reasons Why Scotland May Be the Most Progressive Mountain Bike Destination in the World

Photo: Ross Bell

Scotland is a small country of just over 5 million people, but despite being small in population and relatively small in landmass, Scotland is BIG in mountain biking! I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple days riding in Cairngorms National Park–the largest national park in the UK–and I also spent a few days …

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Infographic: Results from IMBA’s 2016 Member Survey

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IMBA has officially released the results from their 2016 Member Survey, conducted this spring. 6,299 members completed the survey, representing all 50 states. Note that this survey was only open to IMBA members, and that non-members couldn’t complete it. While more details are available in the infographic above, here are some of the highlights. 76% …

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Update: Suspect Located in Trail Vandalism Case in Eagle

Photo: Jesse Horton? / Mountain Bike Eagle Facebook Page

According to VailDaily.com, law enforcement officials have identified a suspect in the recent instance of trail vandalism in Eagle. However, the suspect’s name has not been released. According to the same article, the nail board was actually found on an unofficial user-created trail that isn’t an official part of the Eagle trail system. According to …

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Opinion: How NOT to Reroute a Trail

This picture illustrates the difference between the new and the old.  On the left is the existing, narrow singletrack that flows through the woods; on the right is the new, wide path that plows straight through the forest.

Editor’s Note: John Fisch is an avid backcountry enthusiast who hikes, bikes and backpacks at every opportunity. The trails in this editorial are part of his big backyard.  While John is a regular contributor to Singletracks.com, the opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. In the spring of …

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Thieves Stole a Trail Machine from SORBA Mid-TN. Support Their Raffle to Win a Moots Frame

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SORBA mid-TN is working to build and maintain mountain bike trails in the Nashville area, and they recently suffered a setback when their new DitchWitch trail building machine and custom trailer was stolen. The rig was stored behind a locked gate and the brazen thieves had to drive deep into the park to get the machine. …

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US Forest Service Proposes a “Cultural Shift” To Promote Recreation and Common Sense

Spotted at a trailhead for the Mount Massive Wilderness. Photo: Greg Heil

The US Forest Service has proposed a “cultural shift” with the intent of promoting recreation and a common-sense approach to their management policies, the Denver Post reports. Their goal is to encourage Americans to use their public lands in a safe and responsible way, but to do that, a major change will need to take place in …

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