The current Final Draft of the Pigeon River Area Management Plan that would prohibit access to bicycles on the Shingle Mill Pathway is unacceptable.
Mountain bikers have historically been responsible, low impact users and dedicated stewards of this trail. As with all multi-use trails in Michigan, continuing efforts to maintain, make sustainable and address any user conflicts should and will be an integral part of the Shingle Mill Pathway\'s future success as a multi-use trail. Eliminating cyclist access to this trail is not a proactive solution to the long-term management of Pigeon River Country and will actually serve to increase adverse impact on the area\'s natural resources.
Subsequently, the Pigeon River Area Management Plan must be revised to allow the continued access of mountain bikes on the Shingle Mill Pathway.
We will be presenting this petition to at the Natural Resources Commission meeting in East Lansing, MI on November 8th.
The Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA) is a 501(C)(3) charitable non-profit corporation. We have over 2,500 members within nine chapters throughout Michigan. We are one of the largest affiliates of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA.)
The mission of the MMBA is to promote responsible mountain biking and to work toward the goals of common land access and natural resource protection through interaction with policy makers, the cycling industry, race promoters, mountain bikers and other trail users.
To learn more about the MMBA or to help keep trails open by becoming a member go to http://www.mmba.org
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Information on the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting in East Lansing on Nov 8th http://michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-39002_11862---,00.html Contact information for the Natural Resources Commission and the DNR. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/currentorg_112205_7.pdf Contact your state senator on this issue: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm Contact your state rep on this issue: http://house.michigan.gov/find_a_rep.asp Document for Pigeon River Management (please look at page 23, where mountain-biking is crossed out) http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/ConceptofManagementFinalDraft_212482_7.pdf
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