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Re: NFC: Environmentally concious 4x4 owners
Chris Hedemark wrote:
> Boo Radley said:
> > Walk, get a horse. That is the short list. Other
> > choices are destructive.
> Horses are destructive on the trails, too (I help repair the trails, I know
> first hand). Heck even walking is destructive. It's a matter of degrees of
> destructiveness, and what your threshhold is.
> Far more destructive than any 4x4 trail is building a house, a road, a strip
> mall, an office building, etc.
> You will not stop 4x4 or ATV enthusiasts. It's just too darned much fun.
> The best thing you can hope to do is work with motorsports enthusiasts to
> ensure that the most fragile sections of trail are protected from erosion
> and tire damage. Second thing is to control the flow of the trail so that
> new trails aren't constructed as tangents off existing trails.
> In a sense the horseback riders are /more/ destructive because they have to
> be the worst about creating their own trails and damaging the banks along
> the fragile mountain streams with the horses' hooves as they stop to drink.
Not to mention rich, white, racist, Sierra Clubbers who would use law and
govt. force to keep those of us, with less leisure time, out of "their"
private wilderness entirely.
Meanwhile, they tromp across fragile alpine meadows in wicked waffle-stomper
hiking boots that leave tracks I can still see, years later.
I grew up in the very Sierras they claim to protect, so I know first hand
just how destructive gang-camping Sierra Clubbers really are to fragile
No sympathy here for tyrany. it seems. (^_^)
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home_com
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