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Skid Marks #32

Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. mudfanatic

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    SKID MARKS
    ISSUE #32 February 16, 2001

    Skid Marks, Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads' (usually) biweekly e-mail
    newsletter, reports on activist efforts to challenge roads and motorized
    recreation nationwide. Skid Marks shares instructive and precedent-setting
    successes and failures in the campaign to halt motorized abuse of wildland
    ecosystems.

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    CONTENTS:

    1. CONSERVATIONISTS INTERVENE IN WILDERNESS ROAD LAWSUIT

    2. YELLOWSTONE TICKET COLLECTORS SICKENED BY SNOWMOBILE EXHAUST

    3. YELLOWSTONE SNOWMOBILE BAN EVADES BUSH MORATORIUM

    4. ORV SWAMP JOYRIDER SENTENCED TO JAIL AND FINE

    5. BLM RESTRICTS BIKES AND ORVS NEAR MOAB

    6. CALIFORNIA CUTS ORV FUNDING FOR NATIONAL FOREST

    7. ILLINOIS TOWN BANS SNOWMOBILES

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    CONSERVATIONISTS INTERVENE IN WILDERNESS ROAD LAWSUIT

    A coalition of conservation groups took action opposing a lawsuit to build a
    road in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The Absaroka Trust, established
    by a Livingston, Montana resident, sought to construct a 20-foot-wide gravel
    road through the Wilderness to access a 120-acre private inholding. The
    road would be used to log and mine an inholding property. When the Forest
    Service denied the request to build the road in November, the Trust sued in
    Montana Federal District Court. The coalition, represented by Earthjustice
    Legal Defense Fund, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit on January
    23. "Building a road into the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness is like
    throwing a brick through a church window - it is an assault on one of
    Montana's treasures, and we will oppose it," said Earthjustice attorney Tim
    Preso, who is representing conservationists in the case.

    The coalition was also angered that the Trust wants the Forest Service to
    fund the road construction. "Not only should this road never be built, but
    it is adding insult to injury to insist that Americans pay for the
    destruction of their own wilderness," commented Bob Decker, Executive
    Director of the Montana Wilderness Association.

    The coalition includes The Wilderness Society, Montana Wilderness
    Association, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Park County Environmental
    Council, and Wilderness Watch.

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    YELLOWSTONE TICKET COLLECTORS SICKENED BY SNOWMOBILE EXHAUST

    Fourteen Park Service employees working at Yellowstone National Park's west
    entrance reported headaches, burning eyes, and other health problems,
    according to a January 17 Associated Press story. Although the Park Service
    improved ventilation in the ticket booths and established a snowmobile
    express lane in response to earlier health complaints, the improvements were
    apparently insufficient to compensate for heavy visitor traffic, estimated
    at 1,300 per day. The Park Service plans to phase snowmobile use out of the
    Park over the next several years.

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    YELLOWSTONE SNOWMOBILE BAN EVADES BUSH MORATORIUM

    Despite President Bush's executive order banning new agency rules, final
    rules phasing out snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park were published
    in the January 22 Federal Register. The rules, which became final upon
    publication, include a gradual elimination of snowmobiles in the Park,
    eventually eliminating their use altogether in the winter 2003-2004. Winter
    visitors could access the Park by way of skis, snowshoes, and motorized
    snowcoaches. Opponents are continuing their efforts to overturn the ban.
    Most recently, Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas (R) introduced a bill to reverse
    the ban and instead charge the Environmental Protection Agency with
    establishing emissions and noise standards.

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    ORV SWAMP JOYRIDER SENTENCED TO JAIL AND FINE

    On January 16, a southern Florida Circuit Judge sentenced Steven Gala for
    blazing an illegal trail into the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. More than 100
    trees, some century-old cypress, were among the casualties of the trail
    construction on the swamp preserve owned and managed by the National Audubon
    Society. The Fort Meyers, Florida resident faced charges of trespassing and
    criminal mischief. The latter charge, a third degree felony, could have
    resulted in up to five years in prison. Instead, he faces five years of
    probation, ten weekends of jail time, 40 hours of community service, and
    $83,000 in restitution. "This episode was a demonstration of gross
    disrespect, not only for natural values but private property as well" said
    Brooke Langston, the Sanctuary's Education Director.

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    BLM RESTRICTS BIKES AND ORVS NEAR MOAB

    The BLM issued new rules requiring off-road vehicles and mountain bikes to
    remain on existing trails in specific canyon country areas near Moab, Utah,
    the Salt Lake Tribune reported on January 23. The new restrictions apply to
    about 246,000 acres of BLM land managed by the agency's Moab office. The
    BLM also plans to increase enforcement of travel restrictions in the
    Wilderness Study Area above Westwater Canyon along the Colorado River. New
    limits on camping, firewood cutting, and firewood gathering were also part
    of the package.

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    CALIFORNIA CUTS ORV FUNDING FOR NATIONAL FOREST

    The California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, responsible
    for distributing ORV management grants to agencies across the state,
    eliminated funding for the U.S. Forest Service's management of ORVs in a
    controversial part of the Stanislaus National Forest. The Commission is
    charged with providing grants for the provision of opportunities for ORV
    use, but took this step out of concern that the Forest Service was failing
    to attend to concerns about environmental and social impacts in the area,
    according to Commitment to Our Recreational Environment, a local
    environmental group. The controversial area, known as the Urban Interface,
    is a narrow 8,500 acre area of National Forest land adjacent to towns,
    residential development, ranches, and resorts.

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    ILLINOIS TOWN BANS SNOWMOBILES

    The Chenoa City Council unanimously voted to prohibit the use of snowmobiles
    within town limits, reported the Pantagraph, of Bloomington, Illinois, on
    January 23. The Council issued the ban in response to complaints of people
    driving through yards, driving too fast, and making noise after curfew
    hours.

    *********************************************

    Please keep in touch with us about your roads and motorized recreation work.
    Questions about Skid Marks should be directed to Jacob Smith at
    prebles@indra.com. Please send e-mail action alerts to
    WildlandsCPR@wildrockies.org.

    TO SUBSCRIBE
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    TO UNSUBSCRIBE
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    Skid Marks is brought to you by the friendly road-rippers at Wildlands CPR.
    Thanks for your support and all of your efforts on behalf of wild places and
    imperiled species.

    *********************************************

    Jacob Smith, ORV Policy Coordinator
    Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads (Colorado office)
    P.O. Box 2353
    Boulder, Colorado 80306-2353
    (303) 247-0998
    prebles@indra.com

    Marnie Criley, Roads Policy Coordinator
    Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads (main office)
    PO Box 7516
    Missoula, MT 59807
    406/543-9551
    WildlandsCPR@wildrockies.org
    http://www.wildrockies.org/WildCPR/



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  2. Dragworm

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    Know thy enemy!

    So, which one of you is the brains of the operation?
    To tell you the truth it's not exactly a "brains" type operation.
     
  3. Emmettology 101

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    For a second I thought you may have found 32 skid marks in your......

    LOL Sorry, J/K

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