Re: Idea to keep land open
I can see how that might work for private land, like the issue TR had, but I think the issue with state and fed land is that we are already paying for it, and we are already paying people to monitor it (in the form of taxes and other land use charges, park admission fees, etc). I understand the problem you are trying to solve though.
I know that there are some parks that backpackers use where you have to tag everything you pack in, and then check it all off when you come back out (including, uh... "biological waste", if you know what I mean). That always seems a little extreme, but something will probably have to be done. We've all seen it. And the greenies can't tell the difference between a sweet Jeep with locked axles and good articulation who is a concientous trail runner, from some dumb ass tearing up his Thornbirds on the rocks and throwing Bud Light cans and McDonalds wrapers all over the place. All they see is a puddle of 90 weight and a shredded tire out on a trail, and they know some hiker didn't leave it.
There does need to be some kind of accountablity, but paying twice to use public land doesn't work for me.
Unfortunately I don't have a very good answer of how to get that kind of accountablity
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