hold up, most of us in Texas like guns, Jeeps with internal combustion engines, and breakfast burritos.No wonder you live in Texas.
Can you imagine the monetary loss if EJS was turned away?We have seen how the term "follow the science" has been tossed about the last few years. It has been used to shame anyone with a differing opinion. The problem with '"follow the science" of late is that the "science" has more often than not been shown to be wrong.
This is not just a reference to the pandemic, but to the self anointed protectors of the environment. I am a believer in climate change, but I am also a believer in not telling everyone that "the sky is falling" and that we only "have 12 more years left before we have irreversible consequences."
There should be moderation. We should be able to enjoy our lives and prosperity while at the same time protecting the environment. Some places such as National Parks should be protected. Places like Moab have already been designated by common usage over time as a vehicular play area and should remain as such.
I guarantee you if Moab is shut down there will be even more areas damaged by off roading. Since Moab will be essentially off limits people like myself will search elsewhere to offload and will blaze new trails thus damaging even more of the environment.
Additionally, you will irreversibly damage the economy of Moab. How many businesses will be shut down? How many people will lose their jobs? There won't be enough hikers and bikers to sustain the economy of Moab at the current level.
Personally I think the National Park Service should take over the area and designate it as a National Off-Road Vehicular Park. Charge an entrance fee. Put cameras up all over the place and mail out massive fines to those that litter and go off designated trails. The fees could cover the cost of protecting the area while allowing off roaders to do their thing.
I keep hearing "saving lands for our children". If you close an area now, it will be closed then. I know that some groups will never be happy until all southern Utah is closed to any mechanized use. Without going political, consider this. Over 100 million acres of public lands are in the wilderness system. Big ear national monument was returned to original size.Balancing use now vs keeping a wild area wild for our great grandkids shouldn’t be political.
100% Mike, well said. I would add “enforce existing laws and rules” but that seems to be a foreign concept to our government.What is the answer. In my humble opinion, allow access to our wild areas by vehicles. Keep the wilderness and national parks as they are. Encourage and most importantly be involved with trail maintenance and clean up, be involved with local 4x4 groups. Tread lightly. Practice what we preach. Educate others and speak out when you see something wrong.
The future of our activity is in our hands. Provide comments to the BLM. Don't be passive.
not blowing you off. I’m on holiday in Brazil.I didn’t ask for credentials. I politely asked you to share some peer reviewed data. An appeal to authority fallacy won’t cut it on its own.