Fifteen miles of mountain-bike trails are being proposed for construction in California's Inyo National Forest near Mammoth Lakes, and we need your help to make sure they don't do more harm than good.
The new trails would dramatically increase visitation to this wild area and cut through a protected roadless zone, including Solitude Canyon. Such heavy use of the roadless area could cause stress for pikas, mule deer and rare Sierra Nevada red foxes.
Tell the U.S. Forest Service to perform a full environmental review for this project to make sure it doesn't hurt our Sierra wildlife.
Rather than proceed via the normal public-review process, the Forest Service claims the proposed trails can be authorized under a "categorical exclusion." But that means the public wouldn't get any more details with which to provide comments than what the agency issued in a mere three-page letter in June. That letter says nothing at all about how the roadless area or wildlife will be harmed.
Act now to insist that the Forest Service conduct at least an "environmental assessment" for this trail proposal. A more thorough review will ensure the public is meaningfully involved in decision-making and can weigh in on potential alternatives like avoiding construction in Solitude Canyon.