AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — President Barack Obama has declared September as National Wilderness Month, touting his administration’s efforts to “preserve our outdoor heritage.” While the American Motorcyclist Association supports appropriately designated federal Wilderness, the nation’s largest advocacy group for motorcyclists strongly objects to the president’s vision because it does not include motorized recreation.

In the proclamation, signed on Aug. 30, Obama said that his administration “is dedicated to preserving the nation’s wild and scenic places. During my first year as president, I designated more than 2 million acres of Wilderness and protected over 1,000 miles of rivers. Earlier this year, I established five new national monuments and I signed legislation to redesignate California’s Pinnacles National Monument as Pinnacles National Park.