NEMBANew England Mountain Bike Association
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NEMBA recommends that mountain bikers stay off the trails until the thaw is over and the ground has hardened.
Before heading onto wet trails, NEMBA offers several suggestions:
There really is a mistaken sense that the impact of mountain biking is worse than hiking,'' said Philip Keyes, executive director of NEMBA.
He said he believes mountain bikers have been creating the trails as well as some ramps and jumps; however, he does not think the culprit is an organized group such as NEMBA.
Members of the Wachusett Chapter of NEMBA have been leading the effort.
Only three of the trails are recognized by the Division of Water Supply Protection in the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, NEMBA said, and the three trails are the Midstate Trail and two trails dedicated to horseback riding.
In 2012, NEMBA partnered with Kingdom Trails Association and Burke Mountain to hold NEMBAfest in the mountain bike mecca of the Northeast Kingdom.
The area has dozens of miles of singletrack maintained by the Pioneer Valley NEMBA chapter.
Philip Keyes, executive director of NEMBA, said the Vietnam trail network is a destination for mountain bikers and the organization opposes the casino proposal there.
The NEMBA land is part of a mosaic of properties used by many people.
I think the proximity to our property has the potential to impact us greatly,'' said Eammon Carleton of Oxford, president of the Blackstone Valley Chapter of NEMBA.
NEMBA has posted an action alert on its website informing members about the proposed casino and urging them to voice their opposition.