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January 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Zealots took over our wilderness

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The recent letter from Terri Robertson (“Celebrate our wilderness,” Sept. 22) sorely misses the point of wilderness. She states that in her youth, she traveled down dirt roads for sounds of nature. Well, in everyone’s zeal to have wilderness, they block off all of the dirt roads. My wife and I have seen many places that we used to drive through that are now closed off thanks to some environmentalists. Their agenda is apparently to close off all lands and have everyone in one small area.

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  1. Letter writer is correct BUT so are the environmentalists. Sadly without some restrictions and limitations, there would be those who defile and demean the natural beauty of the Almighty's gifts to us. We need them [restrictions] to assure we pass the natural beauty of this great earth along to future generations intact as they were passed onto us.


  2. Read here about the damage off road vehicles do to deserts:

    "Several recent reviews have summarized the
    ecological effects of roads (e.g. Forman 1995,
    Forman and Alexander 1998, Spellerberg and
    Morrison 1998, Spellerberg 1998, 2002, Forman et
    al. 2003), including a series of papers in the journal
    Conservation Biology (2000, Volume 14, Number
    1). These reviews universally conclude that
    construction of roads, the presence of roads in the
    landscape, and the vehicles that travel upon roads
    can have a wide range of ecological effects. These
    effects range from changes in the physical and
    chemical properties of ecosystems to alterations in
    the population and community structure of living
    organisms. These road ecology reviews are
    important sources of information on the effects of
    roads, and serve as good general references.
    However, they understate or do not fully address
    some very important issues that limit their
    application to specific situations, such as the
    development of local land management plans."