E-bikes on Public Land Opposed by Several Groups
Groups unite to condemn move to exempt motorized bikes from motorized travel management decisions
Sportsmen and women are opposing an Interior Department decision to open millions of acres of public land trails to motorized e-bikes, threatening intact fish and wildlife habitat and undermining science-based land management strategies.
As framed via Secretarial Order 3376 from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the administration move requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation to allow e-bikes on any trail where other classes of bicycles are allowed.
Sportsmen and women value the challenge, solitude and freedom offered by public lands and waters and have supported public land travel management plans that maintain non-motorized recreational opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat, are developed through public processes and integrate the best available science. A joint letter recently sent to federal land managers outlines their position.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters. The membership of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers values the traditions and heritage our wild lands, waters and wildlife sustain and we are driven to protect our wild places.