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Sapphire Wilderness Study Area

U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen vows the agency will meet with mountain biking groups who want to regain access to two wilderness study areas in the Bitterroot National Forest.
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines continues to pressure the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider proposed mountain bike closures in two Montana wilderness sudy areas.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen vows the agency will meet with mountain biking groups who want to regain access to two wilderness study areas in the Bitterroot National Forest.

The Bitterroot National Forest Tuesday re-opened the objection period for mountain bikes in wilderness study areas, following a court order to do so.

A handful of backcountry mountain bike, snowmobile and off-roading advocate groups filed a lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot Travel Plan.

The final plan closed roughly 62 miles of trails to mountain bikes in the Sapphire and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Areas that weren’t part of the initial draft plan, and therefore were not subject to public comment. The Forest’s 2016 travel plan remains in place.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen vows the agency will meet with mountain biking groups who want to regain access to two wilderness study areas in the Bitterroot National Forest.
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The Bitterroot National Forest has kicked off a 45-day objection period focusing on bicycle access in two wilderness study areas.

The Blue Joint WSA is south of Darby in the Bitterroot mountains along the Idaho border. The Sapphire WSA is southeast of Hamilton.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen vows the agency will meet with mountain biking groups who want to regain access to two wilderness study areas in the Bitterroot National Forest.
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A judge has ordered Bitterroot National Forest officials to allow public comment on whether two Wilderness Study Areas should be re-opened to bicycle use.

At least a half-dozen groups, including the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists, have sued for increased access to the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas.