Proposed bicycling ban at Idaho wildlife refuge could have far-reaching impacts

For an increasingly obese nation, more and more people are using our national parks and other public areas. So many more that management to preserve these resources will necessarily impact users.

We are seeing that take place right now in Hell’s Gate State Park where runners, horsemen, and cyclists are hammering out a trail system to accommodate all users or risk loosing access altogether.

Do you bicycle near Lake Lowell on the Dear Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho? Changes are coming?

The feds say that not only will the proposed plan govern management for the Deer Flat refuge, but, according to the refuge’s planning website:

“The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge CCP will be the blueprint we will use to improve Refuge conditions and manage fish, wildlife, plants, and recreation over a period of 15 years.”

That’s a big impact that will affect users at many refuges. There are currently 553 national wildlife refuges covering some 150 million acres.

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