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    Good!

    Good!
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    IMBA got a grant to advocate for Gallatin Crest...

    IMBA got a grant to advocate for Gallatin Crest Wilderness? Or because they advocated for that to be Wilderness?
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    Thanks to everyone who put in a word re Montana...

    Thanks to everyone who put in a word re Montana Bitterroots. 3100 put in input to the process
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    Thanks to all who submitted comments! Noted...

    Thanks to all who submitted comments! Noted trolls Todd MacMahon and others have posted in the Singletracks article so there's that
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    The best party to know those stats themselves are...

    The best party to know those stats themselves are the BBC - ie the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists
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    Unfortunately the judge's ruling deferred to the...

    Unfortunately the judge's ruling deferred to the USFS originally holding that the USFS did everything they had to do except consult. Perhaps this will change things? My fear is that as many anti...
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    It sounds like 2000 comments will be sent with...

    It sounds like 2000 comments will be sent with all the articles. Good job on that and sincerely hope it helps
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    Got them. Here are the clarifications. The...

    Got them. Here are the clarifications. The July 2018 decision actually left it ambiguous which the judge then clarified.
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    According to BBC the defendents/intervenors were...

    According to BBC the defendents/intervenors were really eager to get their get-off-my-lawn message to bikes.

    The July 2018 decision basically said that the WSAs would return to status quo ante...
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    Dolphinski ...

    Dolphinski

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/bitterroot/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD586694

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/bitterroot/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD591183

    First is FS ruling complying with...
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    Eminently

    Eminently
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    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/forbi...

    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/forbidden-a-montana-roadtrip-part-1-bitterroot-valley-hamilton/

    Appears some feathers are ruffled per comment section. Waiting for reception on parts...
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    Final part...

    Final part http://www.leelau.net/2018/montana2018/line180816/

    Thanks for all the comments so far. I'm going to wrap this up. Getting diminished returns writing reading and re-reading this now
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    Part 2...

    Part 2 http://www.leelau.net/2018/montana2018/lionhead-targhee180813/
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    Could use some proofreading here as I'm trying to...

    Could use some proofreading here as I'm trying to write these MT articles. They will go on Singletracks. Poke holes, typos etc

    http://www.leelau.net/2018/montana2018/rooster-kentlake180810/
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    Line Creek Plateau https://vimeo.com/293825468...

    Line Creek Plateau

    https://vimeo.com/293825468

    Big Snowy Mountains

    https://vimeo.com/293833085
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    Got around to videos ...

    Got around to videos

    https://vimeo.com/293769262

    Portions of this may be lost

    https://vimeo.com/293804149
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    Good! I was afraid they'd be hyper technical...

    Good! I was afraid they'd be hyper technical which is why i felt forced to write legal rather than English.

    Singletracks article out. PB article submitted. Fwiw
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    I just used my signature as from email.

    I just used my signature as from email.
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    I don't believe electronic sig is required. ...

    I don't believe electronic sig is required.

    Form response you should get if they accept your response attached -http://www.leelau.net/2018/montana2018/Bitterroot%20NF%20comments-1.pdf
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    dammit - thanks for the catch. Yah there were...

    dammit - thanks for the catch.

    Yah there were submissions by some locals that there were bikes on the trails way back in the day. Not many then but even now - there aren't many
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    Busted this out really quick. 406 i think i...

    Busted this out really quick. 406 i think i figured out why your objection was shelved.

    Please QA this for me as I could use more eyes
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    Evdog. Yup its different. Forest Service was...

    Evdog. Yup its different.

    Forest Service was previously limiting the people who could comment to only those who commented before. Now new comments will be accepted but only in a very particular...
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    https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_b2d...

    https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_b2d5badc-c83d-5621-b468-f531c5d8046c.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

    I'll write a sample email on how to respond to this in a bit. Forest Service...
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    Re my quote above. That seems to be issue for...

    Re my quote above. That seems to be issue for governance of Region 1 of the US Forest Service. Their default position is regulate public use of public land as anti-bike. My concern is that their...
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    I thought this was useful in showing how the...

    I thought this was useful in showing how the Wilderness movement thinks and how they mythologize their own purity while demonizing any and every other activity that doesn't fit their own vision ...
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    And nowthis news from the Bitterroots ...

    And nowthis news from the Bitterroots

    https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_712b46be-2af8-5b1c-ae3e-5b01d2d6a120.html

    "The deadline to submit objections is Oct. 9, 2018.

    Only...
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    Anecdotal evidence from Montana advocates is that...

    Anecdotal evidence from Montana advocates is that Wilderness people despise mountain-bikers. They won't work with you. Period. That is in of itself very sad.



    Trailforks has a mapping...
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    Impressed is maybe a bad word. Horrified...

    Impressed is maybe a bad word. Horrified perhaps? Lots of money and very single minded and tenacious.

    Then they have enough money to pay law firms who then successfully sue the FS and get legal...
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    Further to what evasive said according to Greg B...

    Further to what evasive said according to Greg B (who advised me to not get too wrapped up in the details) the DEIS designation is something that the Helena District dreamed up. So you're not just...
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    A bit of stream of consciousness here. I have...

    A bit of stream of consciousness here. I have enjoyed reading what, Danno, and others on Facebook etc have spoken about in terms of US (mostly federal) land use and environmental law plus the...
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    So true. But it sucks for the locals as it needs...

    So true. But it sucks for the locals as it needs constant work to keep high alpine open and it'll be now difficult to advertise trailwork days.

    Not to mention the chilling effect of being a...
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    Yeahman I'm going to write it as multiparter...

    Yeahman I'm going to write it as multiparter article for singletracks.com. Many have written about the politics but I really wanted to show the trails ie what would be lost.

    But it can't hurt...
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    Its funny later

    Its funny later
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    You know how how you look at awesome places to...

    You know how how you look at awesome places to explore on a bike and you think "Well it ain't going nowhere. Lots of time to get to it".

    That isn't the case in Montana where insanely beautiful...
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    Tucked away in the Big Snowy Mountain Range near...

    Tucked away in the Big Snowy Mountain Range near Lewiston Montana the Ice Caves route rises 900m from valley to alpine and is 17km in length.

    The route is known for permanent ice caves (picture...
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    Sharon Kevin and I had the privilege of riding...

    Sharon Kevin and I had the privilege of riding the Line Creek Plateau aka Beartooth Plateau today. Just S of Red Lodge Montana on the superb views of the Beartooth Highway we all agreed it was one...
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    Rode a portion of the Continental Divide Trail in...

    Rode a portion of the Continental Divide Trail in the Lionhead area with Shar, Kevin, Lynne, Dan and Lucky.

    We went up Targhee Pass. While Shar and Kevin strava'ed Targhee Creek we continued on...
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    Trails that are sanctioned still high quality. ...

    Trails that are sanctioned still high quality. Will stick up a list in a week when i get back
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    On this day 110 miles of the Bitterroot in...

    On this day 110 miles of the Bitterroot in Montana (1/4 of singletrack in the area and it's best alpine trails) become illegal. In the spirit of cooperation and goodwill to all the Wilderness...
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    Montana Roadtrip. Tour of to be closed trails

    On a roadtrip to Montana to look at what really matters for mountain-biking. Trails.

    Rode Roostercomb - 313 - Kent Lake out and back with Lance P showing us around. Uncrowded trails with a...
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