Mountain Biking Inroads into Wilderness Legislation

“The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) brought some early Christmas presents to the mountain biking community at the expense of wilderness. Buried in the Act was a boundary adjustment…


GR:  Humans have become so numerous, that most forms of outdoor recreation are harmful to habitats and wildlife.  “The . . . recreationist has peculiarities that contribute in subtle ways to his own undoing.  To enjoy he must possess, invade, appropriate.  Hence, the wilderness that he cannot personally see has no value to him.  Hence the universal assumption that an unused hinterland is rendering no service to society.  To those devoid of imagination, a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part” (Leopold 1949:  176).

Why Mountain Biking is Inappropriate in Wilderness

I just got back from a mountain bike ride. The trails outside of Bend, Oregon where I reside have numerous loops and degrees of difficulty.  Riding my mountain bike is a pleasant way to unwind, get…


GR:  Good discussion of the issues related to this form of outdoor recreation.