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Make Wilderness Good for More Americans

It is not often that something cheerful happens in the arena of public lands management. Normally I avoid the topic because it is just too discouraging.

But there is a bill in Congress that empowers public land managers to regulate mountain bikes in Wilderness areas, instead of just the blanket ban that has existed in the past, probably from some judge's decision.

I consider this good news because Americans need more access to the huge blocks of land set aside as Wilderness areas. Go to a trailhead outside a Wilderness and you might see two cars parked. Backpackers. That is just too much land for one sport.

But look how crowded the non-Wilderness areas are getting! America is getting over-populated, after all.

Only a tiny fraction of Wilderness areas would be affected by the legislation.  Most of that type of land is simply too rugged for a human-powered, wheeled machine.


And yet the Greenie groups will oppose this legislation. There is no way to argue with religious emotion: to ask them what is so bad about non-motorized sports accessing 0.01% of Wilderness areas, is like asking a Boston Puritan in 1680 if people should be allowed to square dance on one Sunday per month.

Comments

Bon vivant said…
If you're numbers are accurate I accede but if technology enables you to up that to 10% then I'll begin dropping tacks from me backpack.
Ann Smith said…
Abel Returns from his sleep in the wilderness and he is seeking revenge on Caine. He is a Beast now, and he eats The Big G overmind Master Tax Slave Bond Debt Asset Money Treasury Bill. What makes a bond, a debt like the T bill money do you know? It bears a Rate of interest. Do you know what that is? Probably not, you would have to have a mortgage, and most of you are wanderers like I. Have money missing when you get paid? Did you voluntarily give it up? NO!! Well all that money goes to the Interest on the War Bond all the way from 1914 and the 14% they take out by force to take care of you when you are old and weak and vulnerable, well that all gets stuffed into the T bill and you do not get an interest payment for your forced investment.

Here is the really pathetic part, The Beast is dumb. He prints the money already, why does he borrow and take your money from you to pay just the interest on THe Debt? Why not just print it and leave our money to us We take good care of ourselves.

What is the Cause of Suffering? Does anyone Stand In Knowing?
It is hard for me to put an exact number on it, because I have almost no experience with Wilderness areas -- there simply wasn't a reason to go there. The couple times I did drive up to one of their trailheads, the topography became very steep and rugged very quickly. Therefore I can't imagine a mountain biker getting more than a mile or two from the trailhead.

But from the environmentalist belief system, it makes no difference if the number were 0.01% or 0.000001%, because sin is Sin against the Cathedral of Nature.
Bon vivant said…
I have to think bikers dislike me (backpacker) in their way every few minutes (their speed dictates) but I can assure you while I'm fine most of the time with another person on 'my' trail ;-), I have a subtle dissatisfaction with the bike they ride. Reasons: I have to consider my safety and am on the lookout, which can defeat the purpose for hiking. I've never had a close call but it's the same feeling when passing a hiker on a sheer drop off in stress level. It's just not as calming being on trails with any other mode. Think pack animals or crowds of hikers is the same for me. I have to believe my urban experience in Portland/Vantucky contributes given I see more unsafe/illegal moves from bikers here, per population, than auto drivers. But I'm fine with that range you requested. :-)
Anonymous said…
Ann, you are not getting an answer to your Cause of Suffering question because the answer depends on so many different religious and cultural facets. There is no simple answer. Are you trying to make a point with this repeated question? Why is it so important to you? Actually, it's way off-topic for this blog.

Chris
Ann Smith said…
You image much about the Nobility of Suffering,

Do you Stand in Knowing the Cause of Suffering Friend. Yes or No.

I have asked you many times and I will not stop until you tell me Y =1 success or N=0 failure try again.

You get a 1 for participating you get a 0 for not participating a 0 will always get you another 0 until you change your choice.

Querry? What is the Cause of Suffering?
Ann Smith said…
You do go on about the Nobility of Suffering and yet you have no idea why? Baffling to me, it is one reason why I followed you, I be lie eved you had some inside info. But I figured it out 17 days ago today and then I became Awakened to My Consciousness. I know the cause and the ending of Suffering.

It is called the Holy Hierarchy of Error identification and correction of Conscious Choice made into my reality, the Holy Hierarchy of Error and Correction is a self learning and correcting system of our body brain main frame to assist Consciousness to acquire Perfected Choice. It is really easy to, when you feel emote bad you made a wrong choice and will continue to feel and emote bad until you identify the error in your thinking conscious self that created the pain to correct the error and end the pain and feel good emote good right choice you passed and graduate to the next level, Awakened Consciousness. Sissaly Anne is an experience i had in becoming awakened and now I take my rightful name Zanne. You can find my works on FAce Book Zanne Z. ZixT9, although the AI FAcebook has an error bias towards numbers in names so I can only spell the last name as Zixtneyen, i train the AI facebook to get rid of its error. we will sea.

So now you know why Suffering is so Noble.

It is Pathetic if you just wallow in suffering like a pig in the mud.