Sign our petition to show DOC you support the clubs submission on mountain bike trails and access to DOC land. Click here to sign the petition. Here are the actual documents we will be submitting (PDFs): QMTBC cms-submission-form-canterbury-otago-southland QMTBC Otago CMS Draft submission 2013 What's it all about? DOC (Dept of Conservation) is drafting up a Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) that sets out the Department’s proposed intentions for the integrated management of natural and historic resources within Otago over the next ten years. This is a big deal as it forms the blueprint of access to conservation land for 10 years! To view the full QMTBC submission click here: http://www.queenstownmtb.co.nz To have a look at the DOC CMS draft and/or make your own submission click here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/current/otago-conservation-management-strategy-consultation/get-involved/ Executive Summary: The QMTBC is submitting feedback on DOC's Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for Canterbury, Southland and Otago: - Support DOC in extending access to mountain bikers on conservation land including opening more heritage trails and sites. - Form a partnership with QMTBC and others to implement QMTBC's trail network strategy. - Increase expertise in building trails for mountain bikes within DOC. - More trials of walking tracks open to bikes. - Aim in next 10 years to build a world class XC trail network in partnership with QMTBC, QLDC, QTT, Private land owners and HPT - Review the Mt.Aspiring National Park Management Plan to allow the use of selected trails by mountain bikes. - The CMS draft claims 12 mile delta trails are popular with mountain bikers when compared with well designed bike trails like 7 Mile they are not. This is largely because the trails are not well suited to bikes due to lack of design expertise within DOC for building mountain biking trails, - Better design for shared use trails can make them safer and more enjoyable for both mountain bikers and walkers. Sound good? Click here to sign the petition.