Mountainbikers jumping fences on to forestry lands closed for harvesting are jeopardising trail access for all Nelson mountainbikers, says Nelson Mountainbike Club president Paul Jennings.
Two mountainbikers were recently caught on forestry tracks, which were closed for work.
He compared biking through the working forestry land to biking through Port Nelson.
It would take only one injury for access to the tracks to be revoked, limiting where mountain bikers could go. While some bikers were trespassing on closed areas with clear signs, others were using trails on private land without permits – often not realising that permits were needed for safety reasons.