North Fork Anniversary Volunteer Day, April 21st.
On April 2, 2012, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the popular mountain bike trails at the North Fork. Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) negotiations with the DNR to re-open the trails at the North Fork have come to an impasse, after a year, with our local legislators’ unanimous support, and many meetings. The DNR stated that they won’t support any short-term re-opening of trails and are strictly moving towards a Long-Term Planning Process to address recreational needs in Whatcom County. This decision comes despite no time-frame or available funding of a large recreational plan and goes against the will of a community and it’s supporters. We need your voice to be heard in support of a low cost, volunteer powered solution to today’s recreation needs at the North Fork.
What can you do?
Please write to the DNR representatives below and your local legislator to seek their support for both an interim solution to reopen the North Fork trails and the funding for the the DNR’s Long-Term Planning Process for all user groups in Whatcom County. Be brief and respectful, but resolute in your support for the trails at the North Fork.
SAVE THE DATE
Join us Sunday, 4/21 for the North Fork Volunteer Day to help us clean up trash at the North Fork at 10 AM, and Barbecue at 2PM. Stay tuned for more details!
Please send a copy of your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org for our archive, thanks!
email@example.com Peter Goldmark, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands.
firstname.lastname@example.org Lenny Young, Department Supervisor
email@example.com Kyle Blum Deputy Supervisor for State Uplands
firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Hanlon Meyer (acting) Northwest Regional Manager
email@example.com Laurie Bergvall – NW Assistant Regional Manager
If you’re unsure of your legislators, you can find them here:
It is easiest to find your Senator and Representatives contact info using you voter district number and CTRL=F on this excel spreadsheet.
Whatcom County residents of the 40th district:
Whatcom, Island and Skagit County residents of the 42nd district:
WHY IS THE NORTH FORK SO IMPORTANT TO US?
Check out this video that tells the story of why our community needs the North Fork riding area to be open and what makes it special to us.