ForestKeepers Conflict Mongers Fail Again Updated
About four years ago in an effort to
close more roads and trails to the public Ara Marderosian from a
local group called the Sequoia ForestKeepers started a
campaign encouraging people to submit letters telling about
conflicts or negative experiences with Off Highway Vehicles.
The ForestKeepers agreed to pull their negative campaign when
the Forest Service told them it was inappropriate to solicit
negative comments during a collaborative trail planning process.
Thanks to many of you, the public has spoken out overwhelmingly
in favor of keeping existing trails open to multiple use and the
Sequoia National Forest has responded with a plan keeping many
roads and trails open to everyone.
Some existing roads and trails will be closed under the new
plan, but apparently not enough closures to satisfy Ara and the
ForestKeepers. They are unhappy the public process did not close
more trails and prohibit traditional lakeside access. They have
renewed their hate mail campaign through their website and
through hiking web forums. Much to their credit the Kern River
Valley Hiking Club was unreceptive to the Forestkeepers Hate
Mail request. Here are some of the responses from the hikers.
Trying to limit anyone's use of public lands is selfish!
Just because you don't like to take part in one form or
another of recreation does not make it wrong. Let all people
use the forest.
I was hiking on a miserable brushy trail once and heard
chainsaws up ahead (scary!!)
It was evil motorcycle dudes cutting up brush and making the
trail a little wider.
It was bad news for the bushes, but good news for my
scratched up skin, as now the trail was easier to tread
I told them thanks, and that I greatly appreciated their
trail repairs. Most of my experiences with the motorcycle
dudes have been very positive.... sorry.... I couldn't think
of any real bad ones. Sometimes they are a little loud, but
if I want a quiet hike, there are many places left in the
Sierra for that.
(This hiker is talking about meeting Stewards motorized
volunteers on the Mill Creek trail that Stewards have a
joint adoption with BackCountry Horseman)
The ForestKeepers conflict mongering which attempts to pit
recreation groups against one another has no place in our
Or as one hiker said, " Stop whinning, There is enough Forest
for all of us to enjoy! "
attempt to malign Stewards of the Sequoia, but are
overwhelmed by an avalanche of letters in support of
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