A proposal to rewrite the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes and other wheeled devices would weaken the gold standard for protection of wilderness values in special places.
ICL Opposes a Weakened Wilderness Act
ICL opposes weakening the Wilderness Act to accommodate mountain bikes and other mechanized uses. That would change the very nature of Idaho’s wilderness areas.
Wilderness ensures that your favorite scenic vistas, hunting areas and fishing holes are protected. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and even wheelchair use, are allowed. Meanwhile, wilderness remains one of the best ways to protect primeval landscapes in which humans are but visitors.
Wilderness areas like the Frank Church–River of No Return, Selway–Bitterroot and Hells Canyon are a core part of who we are as Idahoans. And as Idaho’s population grows, we’ll still need some breathing room.
This proposed change has been roundly criticized and runs counter to the clear and deliberate intent of the Wilderness Act.
What You Can Do
Tell your congressional delegation that wilderness values in Idaho’s wildernesses are too important to risk. The Wilderness Act should not be weakened to accommodate mountain bikes and other mechanized uses.