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We’ll replant one tree in California forests damaged by fire for every new member of the Cal Rec Sports-RSF Facebook Group.

Cal Rec Sports, Bank of America and the Arbor Day Foundation are committed to restoring fire damaged California National Forests. With your help, we will be able to reach our goal of replanting 2,000 trees by the new year. We will replant one tree for every new member up to 2,000.

Each tree we help plant will grow to provide habitat and food for wildlife, restore beauty to the landscape, clean rivers and streams, and provide enjoyment for recreational activities like camping, hiking, and fishing. Details on what types of trees will be replanted, location of the selected California National Forest and when the replanting will occur will be available in late Spring.

Your support will directly benefit California National Forests for generations to come!

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  1. Mike Vandeman
    Mike Vandeman04-01-2008

    It’s nice that you are becoming environmentally conscious in some ways. But this is belied by page 11 of your Fall 2007 Activity Guide, which demonstrates the destructive power of mountain biking — BY FAR the most environmentally destructive of all Cal recreational sports. How can any school in its right mind promote such a harmful (to both wildlife and people) activity?
    Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1994: http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande/mtb10. It’s dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don’t have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else — ON FOOT! Why isn’t that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking….
    A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it’s not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://home.pacbell.net/mjvande/scb7). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.
    Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.
    Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the
    area, and (worst of all) teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it’s NOT!). What’s good about THAT?

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