Tahoe National Forest Authorization of Electric Bikes on 132 Miles of Non-Motorized Trails
All BCHW members recently received an email letter from BCHA National Chairman Darrell Wallace: BCHW members should please review the letter in its entirety.
Should you or your chapter receive any inquiries from the press/media about this case, please direct them immediately and without comment to BCHA’s spokesperson on this issue, Randy Rasmussen, BCHA’s Director for Public Lands & Recreation (WildernessAdvisor@bcha.org)
To excerpt: this letter was to communicate about litigation that BCHA and its partners filed last week in Federal District Court in order to protect our ongoing use and enjoyment of national forest trails.
Early this summer and without any opportunity for public review, comment or environmental analysis, the US Forest Service and Tahoe National Forest authorized the use of Electric Bikes on 132 Miles of Non-Motorized Trails. BCHA has never been quick to support litigation. But in this case, members of our co-plaintiff team were consistently rebuffed by personnel from the Tahoe National Forest when we inquired about this (unannounced) change in policy.
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Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW), is a 501 (c) (3) organization with 32 chapters across the state dedicated to: keeping trails open for all users; educating horse users in Leave-No-Trace practices; and providing volunteer service to resource agencies.