SDMBA is currently aware of the recent closures to DH and DJ spots, in addition to the closure of other recreational trails deemed "illegal" or "unauthorized," all around San Diego and is discussing strategic steps on how to work with land managers into providing alternatives for users of these areas instead of complete and absolute closure while residents of San Diego wait for Master Plan Updates (MPUs) to be completed and approved (which has already taken years in both DMM and MTRP).
A letter below, along with a link to a recent article in the Santee Patch, will direct you on how you can help provide a bigger voice for mountain bikers.
Dear Mountain Bike Friends
Below is a great article that discusses the Battle for East Elliot. East Elliot could be the line in the sand we have been approaching for some time now. I thought Tunnels was the line in the sand but I was premature. The canary in the coal mine has been singing for a long time and it looks like San Diego has reached crisis proportions in meeting the outdoor recreational needs of its citizens, in particular Mountain Bikers other trail users and those who think the use of open space is an instrumental component for the quality of life. Years ago a piece of legislation called the Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) was concocted between the agencies and developers which in effect has greased the wheels of development. Open space that has remained undeveloped seems to consistently find its way into the definition of Core Habitat and Pristine Costal Sage falling under the MSCP ,of course with no future or current recreational element (trails) and therefore becomes perfect mitigation.
Interesting how Tunnels could have 1,000 migrant workers live there for ten years and help build Del Mar Heights but still be defined under the MSCP as Core Habitat etc etc and be closed to people while its fate wallows for years in a sea of city bureaucracy. Now we face East Elliot too. This is going on all around the county in all of our locales with all the cities. If you got this far reading this please take another five minutes and read Robert Craddick's article and then don't e-mail something back my way and don't bother complaining on the keyboard. Use the means Mr Craddick makes available and send your thoughts their way. It does make a difference.
Regards Rich JulienLink to the article: