Join Date: Mar 2002
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Re: Trash on the Trails!!!!!!!
Sad to say, but true.
Most of the land closures I have seen were a big result of too much trash for the land owner to stomach. I would fence off my land too -- after seeing how drunken idiots tear up land, set things on fire, and throw stuff all over the place.
We used to do trail cleanups, but the problem was that after a week or two, things were just as bad as before we cleaned them up. There were junked burned out cars, furniture, broken glass, appliances, etc. Everything that did not burn had bullet holes in it.
Personally, if I owned land that I 4-wheeled on, I would let my friends come out with me and have club rides on it, but it would be fenced off and closed to the public. They just have no sense and enjoy destroying things too much.
I am sure that the clubs have brokered land lease deals with some of the counties. I am sure that if a club had the proper insurance and ability maintain the land properly, the county would lease them some land to conduct club activities on. That is standard fare with many other organizations that do their thing outdoors and might endanger the general public. Model airplane, model race boats, and go-cart racing groups are good examples. They do this sort of thing all the time.
The sad part is that the vast majority of 4x4 groups have no desire to have any responsibility for something like that.