One more thing…..this is not a biker issue. Do not claim the issue as yours, and do not let it get twisted into a bikers vs. landowners matter. MTB has a role to play, but they should not place themselves in any assumed position of authority or responsibility to solve this.
Even if "someone" wants it to look like a "bike" problem, that is not the issue here. There are certain parties that are seeking to interfere with biking (for whatever reasons). They may well hope to try to start a big fight with landowners, with no regard to who gets dragged into it…like some sort of twisted Manson-esque quest to bring about a land war.
Just remember, bikers are one among many user groups, who must TOGETHER work to sort out this matter of land use. Anyone not wanting to work together with other groups will simply self-identify themselves through actions and words that create divisions. This is a community issue, that challenges bikers, hikers, runners, fishers, outdoor programs, , photographers, residents of all backgrounds and age groups and heritage, and so forth to work together.
This is really a very good test for MTB to step up. Your (our) ability to work together, represent, and cooperate has never been more important.
Regardless of outcome, there is good to come of this. To be clear, it would truly suck to lose riding access in the said area, or hiking or any access. However, land use and land stewardship considerations have changed drastically in this province over the past few decades. All groups need to be prepared for an outcome in which they don't get everything they want, and that things may not carry on business as usual. However, if by working on this issue, we can build healthy relationships with other user-groups, we will be so much better equipped and prepared to deal with future challenges…..and there will be many.
We have incredible people in the biking community….really incredible people. Follow the good examples. Stay calm, commit to process, work together.