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.


This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.