“Look at traditional conservation groups, like the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society,” says Robinson. “They do great work protecting natural landscapes, but they face a common challenge: Their members are aging and young people are not signing on in sufficient numbers.”
Unfortunately, those groups may have waning membership, but still have a huge amount of lobby power. It is good to see some this equalizing, and mountain bikers having a chance.
I recently watched the documentary "Pedal Driven," which was about bringing illegal trail builders and the National Forest Service together to create legal trails in Washington state. Great story how that can work out. It also showed to me the impact those lobby groups can have on our sport if we don’t have a united front that can work together with more moderate groups. Definitely a must see documentary, it was very well done, IMO.
Nicely done. An interesting note from the article is the change in attitude of the Nature Conservancy. My experience with them 15-20 years ago was you had to almost beg to be able to visit on their property, and then they still really did not want you in there. This is a positive change.