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Recreation on public lands

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.

Comment balloon 13 commentsKevin Robinson • June 15 2008 10:23AM

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I hear you Kevin. I was once stopped from recreating on public land with my girlfriend. We didn't think there was anyone for miles! *lol*

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

Yeah, nice recreating Simon. I don't know if Blue Ribbon can help you.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

Well shoot! I was all ready to join as well. Do they deal with beaches too? I like recreating on beaches as well. :)

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

LOL!!  I might pony up $20 if Blue Ribbon.....um, adds another component to their cause.

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) about 10 years ago

Unfortunately, Tchaka, there are those that would relegate humans to a status less than plants and animals. Stewardship of the land does not mean to close it to any human use. Unfortunatly, it is a prime example of the tyranny of the minority.

I stopped supporting the Sierra Club when I read an interview with it's president (this was probably around 1989-1990). In it he was talking about removing all roads from national parks and letting them revert to original conditions. The only people that would be able to see them were those that were physically and economically able to take the time off to do it all on foot.

The interviewer indicated that would leave the majority of people out of being able to visit places like Yosemite. His comment was basically too bad. They have not received a check from me since. I understand, though, that they may have evolved from this elitist viewpoint.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

LMAO @ Simon! You bad bad boy! (or good, as the case may be!) I LOVE to recreate!

I am an avid mountain biker and have mixed feelings about this issue. I want access because I'm mezmorized by the beauty of wild open places. On the other hand I want this beauty to remain. Too many people disrupt the natural habitat of animals and the scenic beauty that is our heritage. Had we more collective respect, this wouldn't be necessary. We need to learn to "Leave No Trace". Until then, it's a tough call.

p.s. to Mike... "tyranny of the minority", otherwise known as 'Coalition Theory' aka 'Strength is Weakness Theory' - typically only evolves when the more powerful overstep their bounds. In this case, treating public lands as though they 'own it' and can disrupt it as they wish. The minority have been successful because many smaller, disparate groups have joined together to effect this change. One must be careful not to step on too many little toes, lest their big shoes get nailed to the floor :)

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Simon your kind of recreating is probably a lot more fun than hiking and mountain biking. When I was younger I flew an amphibious aircraft in the BC area. One time I got hired to fly a young couple to a remote beach for 4 or 5 hours. I remember they took nothing with them and had on only shorts, tanks, and flipflops. Paid a lot for their "recreation" too.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

Kevin - Your story isn't worth much without video.  I mean, what else would Younger Kevin do for those 4 or 5 hours?  Confess!

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) about 10 years ago

I might have done a 4 hour  fly-by but my amphib would not hold that darn much fuel.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

I was in the exact opposite position as Kevin when a twin engine continued to circle around our picnic blanket flying lower and lower. Then again, fuel was cheaper then :)

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I'm starting to think that the Northwest part of our country is where I need to move........

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) about 10 years ago

LOL Tchaka! We DO have our share of nude beaches here. A little something for everyone :)

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Nude beaches? low flying aircraft? This does not seem to be the peace and quiet I'd be looking for!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

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