Do you like to ride any of the following: ATV, personal watercraft, snowmobile, dirt bike, horse, or mountain bike. Have you ever driven to one of your favorite spots to do the above and found that it was now closed to public access? It has happened to me on two occassions.
There are certain groups that would like to stop us from using any public lands. These groups have slowly made some progress lately and have closed off more public lands from public use. These folks don't just want to stop motorized traffic on these lands, they want to prevent hiking as well. It is kind of goofy to me that we get to pay for national forest type lands that we can't use. Who do these "preservationists" think that they are?
I joined a group called the Blue Ribbon Coalition. They are a non-profit that works really hard to help us get access to "our" lands. Their motto sums it all up succintly: Preserving our natural resources for the public, not from the public. They represent over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. An individual membership is only $20.
Check out the Blue Ribbon Coalition at www.sharetrails.org. Don't let some urbanite that has never been out of San Francisco or Seattle stop you from using public lands.