March 17, 2011
After years of battling with the forest service over the
right to build trails on public lands, the local mountain biking community is celebrating a significant win this
week. On Tuesday, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath signed into a partnership agreement
with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
The so-called “cost challenge share
agreement” allows the forest service and the mountain bike alliance to seek out grants to fund trail
building and upkeep.
That’s a big win for Leavenworth rider and bike shop
owner James Munley, who serves as a program director for the local Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance chapter.
Munley has spent years fighting the forest service over the right to create trails, but he says the agreement
signed this week spells a new chapter of cooperation and progress.
Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has
James Munley will also oversee the new downhill mountain bike operations at
Stevens Pass, scheduled to begin late this summer.