Copper City Trails Proposal

The Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA), the new governing body of the Dirt Concern of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club, has some exciting news to share! We have put forth a proposal to the BLM to construct 17+ miles of singletrack trails on a large piece of public land northwest of Three Forks. The proposal includes trails for all abilities and skill levels, from kid-friendly and beginner paths, to technical xc loops and downhill-specific trails. The proposal also includes flow trails, dirt jumps, and a pump track! These trails would be open to hikers, bikers, and trail runners.

We are advocating for the BLM’s proposed action—and we need your help! We are currently in the environmental assessment period, and it is far from complete. Here is what YOU can do to help us make this happen:

1. Write an email or letter
This is absolutely critical, and we need to act quickly, as the public comment period ends on August 15th! We need to be heard en masse. Please take a few minutes to check out the link to the proposal, above, and write an email or letter to the addresses below and tell all of your pedaling pals to follow suit. It is critical to tell the BLM why you support this proposal – just wanting it doesn’t carry enough weight to make this happen. Please read the guidelines, below, before submitting your comments for review.

Are beginner-friendly trails important to you?
The boost to rural economy?
Downhill, bike-only trails?
Dirt jumps?
Somewhere to ride in early spring/late fall?
Somewhere closer than Lewis and Clark Caverns?
Fatbike singletrack all winter?

2. Stay Tuned
If the plan is approved, it will require our entire mountain biking community to rally behind it. Follow the “Copper City Trails” Facebook page. Share this with every biker/hiker you know in the region. Watch for fundraising events and trail work days. Tell your friends. We can get this done in a Bozeman fashion with our ardent drive and our friends. Please join us on this rocky ride, and wish us all some luck!

3. Attend the BLM public meeting
The BLM will be putting on a public meeting in Three Forks on Wednesday, July 27th from 5-7 pm at the Three Forks Methodist church annex, located at 116 Cedar street. Please join if you’d like to learn more about this proposal or to make your voice heard.
Please submit your comments to the following:

Email:
Brad Colin
bcolin@blm.gov

Snail Mail:
BLM Butte Field Office
106 N. Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701

To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can request that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

If you have any questions specific to our proposal, or would like to get involved, please message us or email:

Tim Hawke
Hawketim@gmail.com
406.600.6544

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