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Be accountable

I read with interest Wednesday’s story about the snowmobilers getting busted for trespassing in wilderness. Out of curiosity, I did a Web search for the names of the three snowmobilers.

I found that one of them, Cody Gremel, is a member of the Midvalley Snowmobile Club in Basalt.

While it is certainly not fair to judge everyone by the actions of a few individuals, it must be pointed out that organized motor-toy recreation groups always decry any regulations, restrictions and enforcement of their activities, saying it is unnecessary and heavy-handed. They offer, instead, self-policing and education.

Well, this incident clearly puts the lie to that. Cody is a member of one of the very clubs that argued for self-policing and education. In this case, both failed. The only thing that worked for sure was enforcement, which, as the article points out, is woefully inadequate to deal with the scale of the problem.

Come on Congress! Give the Forest Service the funding they need to adequately manage recreation for all users.

Come on Midvalley Snowmobile Club! Hold your membership accountable to your rhetoric.

Sloan Shoemaker

Conservation Director

Aspen Wilderness Workshop

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