Off-road groups are being greedy
Dear Editor: The off-roading special-interest group, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Association, is at it again – always wanting more, more, more! The recent Aspen Times article “Off-road enthusiasts seek equal treatment in forests” (Aug. 7) proves that the off-roaders will continue to demand more miles and acres to drive across on our public lands until those folks seeking some peace and quite while mountain biking, fishing or having a family picnic will just have to give up looking. Quiet places will be gone forever once off-road vehicles take over everything, and you can forget about quality wildlife habitat. What is even more disappointing and unfair to the rest of us is that these requests for more come despite the fact that Dan Delasantos from the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Association’s Board of Directors has been quoted as saying, “Colorado is rich in OHV trails. An ATV rider could casually ride for the better part of 10 years and never see all the trails that crisscross this Rocky Mountain state.”Ten years of riding without seeing them all? Why do off-roaders need more? This is greediness! These demands for more, when met, are causing widespread resource damage across our forests. Francisco Valenzuela, the regional Forest Service recreation planner based in Denver, when speaking about travel management and motorized use, recently said, “We realize we have an urgent need to stop this madness and manage national forests in a way that’s sustainable.” The White River Travel Management Plan is a perfect opportunity for the Forest Service to start managing the forests sustainably.The Forest Service must not be driven by off-roaders’ demands for more but rather be driven by resource protection – first and foremost. Our national heritage is a stake!Aaron ClarkWestminster
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