Editorial on roadless areas by the Denver Post.

This is a fairly good editorial, but I want to point out that battling over these areas will never really end because the bastards keep coming back with their subsidized, destructive, nature-hating proposals. These people just have bad values.

Keeping the outdoors in intact will always require a constant effort, and in my view, folks who don’t help run the bastards off, don’t deserve to use the outdoors (although, of course, they will).

If you want to be an ethical outdoorsperson, everytime you come back from a major trip you owe it to write a letter, give a donation, try to convince friends, etc.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Denver Post says "Wrangling over roadless areas is endless."

  1. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    Three decades and still no plan? It’s all akin to the seemingly never-ending study on the impact of snowmobiles to Yellowstone and its wildlife. Somewhere in all this I sense that there is some sort of consensus-seeking group-think taking place. Perhaps the right “facilitator” has not yet been found. Too many PowerPoint shows? More likely too many dollars from trade association lobbyists floating about.

  2. avatar Mike Post says:

    I think Ralph hit it on the head: If you are not spending some of your own time, energy AND money to assist in turning public and political sentiment in the right direction, you are part of the problem. The groups with extreme views are too easy for the decision makers to blow off as fringe nut cases and then the great silent majority that keeps expressing rational concern about wildlife and wild places thinks that buying conservation group Christmas cards is all they need to do to help carry the water.

  3. avatar mike says:

    I like your comment “These people just have bad values;” but, I think it goes deeper. I think it runs in families and is really bad breeding. You know what happens on my ranch? When I have a bull that seems to have bad breeding; I steer him and that keeps it from spreading or being perpetuated. So, to me, the solution is obvious. We need to start steering Republicans. It’s an easy process. With a few turns of rope and a pocket knife, it only takes a minute.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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