The Blue Mound State Park (BMSP) has been going through a long awaited master plan amendment. The local riders and mountain bike club (CORP) that maintain trails were blindsided with short notice to find out the Wisconsin DNR wants to close down a portion of the existing trail.
This is short notice, as the public comment period is up 12/16/2015, so please respond ASAP to both the petition and directly to the DNR in the links provided. https://www.change.org/p/paul-zajackowski-wisconsin-department-of-natural-resources-blue-mound-state-park-save-blue-mound-state-park-singletrack-mtb-trails-due-12-16-2015
People may provide comments on the draft master plan concepts during the public hearing as well as online or by U.S. mail. The comment deadline is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Comments may be sent to:
Parks District Supervisor
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711Paul.Zajackowski@wisconsin.gov
Please let the Wisconsin DNR know that we need more sustainable trails in the park and that the master plan amendment should not limit the amount of future trail mileage. More miles in the master plan allow more flexibility in future trail building, for better management, changes in public needs, trail sustainability and safety.
Let the DNR know that you buy your trail pass and State Park pass because of the mountain bike trails at BMSP and that you stay in BMSP/area and spend money locally at restaurants/hotels because of the trail system. Updating the trails will provide access to all skill levels - beginner and more miles and terrain for more seasoned riders. The mountain bike community also needs a share of the money that the Wisconsin State Park System receives to help build new trails and maintain existing trails, as dollars seem to easily spent on other older established sports and hobbies such across country ski trails, snowmobile trails and hiking trails.
IMPORTANT: Please respond to both the petition and directly email Paul Zajackowski. Even a short email carries weight in communicating with Paul about your thoughts. Also pass these links onto others that enjoy BMSP or had hoped to in the future. The end goal: create and maintain more trails for this healthy hobby.