NANFA-- Re: nanfa V1 #1405 -- Swine Creek... the real swine

Arlus F (
Tue, 03 Sep 2002 18:35:19 -0700

However there is a problem with exploitation here because snowmobile and
off road vehicles are being pushed by big industry, sneakily riding on
the coat-tails of the healthy outdoor movement. Why should we permit
ourselves to be seduced into a dark culture of sinister marketing
practices whose greedy proponents preach unwholesome, destructive paths
that will undoubtably contain exponential future ramifications when they
are just as easily channeled towards productive, responsible attitudes?
Lets be clear about it. Look around and see what the problems are,
within and without. For instance, we can reinforce a practice of low
impact introduction to native fish for newcomers. This as an example and
not criticism. Our message will resound louder and farther if this sort
of internal integrity is observed. I have not seen a published model for
watershed preservation on NANFA or NFC. I have seen this sort of
information available on websites from other countries. We should be
approaching each area with an awareness of it's current state of health,
and know what the requirements of optimum health are for the type of
water it is. If we can manage to insulate these areas from the brunt of
our gross intrusions then we should be able to enjoy them indefinately.
My personal inclination is there be fewer roads in the back country, so
when you finally hike fifty miles away from the road, there will be a
relatively pristine surrounding to appreciate. Nothing is worse than
hiking fifty miles in and finding the alpine lake ringed with tracks,
trash on the ground and a slick of motor oil on the water. Maybe that is
normal for the East coast, but it is becoming more familiar on the West
coast. This is the sort of thing that really pisses me off. There is no
excuse for 4x4 access by saying it is only a few bad apples.
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