Until July 10, the Department of the Interior is reviewing millions of acres of public land, including two National Monuments in California that mountain bikers have played central roles in advocating for: San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments.
National Monuments have become an important bike-friendly tool in the mountain bike toolbox as a way to protect historically important landscapes into perpetuity while allowing recreation opportunities to continue!
The San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments are home to over 120 miles of incredible singletrack and some of the most spectacular outdoor adventures in the west. IMBA and California chapters supported both the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument proposal and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument proposal and worked with a coalition of local and national advocates to ensure broad support for continued mountain biking in this vast, backcountry landscape. California chapters are now taking a leadership role in working with the conservation community to help shape future management plans for the national monuments.
The current National Monument review puts all of California’s National Monuments at risk and threatens the Antiquities Act. The deadline is until July 10 to speak up in defense of California’s treasured public lands.