The cyclists, who have met three times with DWSP officials in the last few weeks, contend that mountain biking is no greater impact on the environment than hiking, which is unlimited in the watershed, and should be granted access to trails determined to be worth preserving.
Jonathan Yeo, director of the DWSP, said protecting the unfiltered water supply for 2.5 million people is his top priority.
1 priority of the agency, but they cannot comprehend why the DWSP is unwilling to work with NEMBA.
"NEMBA and I want to help solve these problems by working together with DWSP staff.
"Instead, we propose a joint effort by NEMBA and DWSP staff to locate, examine and catalog the unrecognized trails within the Watershed.
Russ has not received any response from DWSP officials.
Russ said mountain bikers got a chance to meet DWSP officials and get out their positions.
Yeo said the DWSP priority is to close the "illegal'' trails.
Keyes said part of the problem is the different way the DWSP classifies users from the rest of the DCR.
A 30-page report citing many peer-reviewed studies that show mountain biking has no greater impact on the environment than hiking were presented to DWSP officials, Keyes said.