Right call by Forest Service
August 13, 2012
Thank you, U.S. Forest Service, for choosing the long-term health and sustainability of our natural ecosystems over the brief thrill provided by a bicycle race.
Tundra ecosystems, such as the one on Independence Pass, are fragile and extraordinarily susceptible to damage from human
trampling – the majority of trampling injury occurs with the initial trampling insult – such as might occur with a single night of camping – and recovery typically takes at least decades.
Intact tundra ecosystems provide services essential to human well-being such as water conservation and to wildlife such as refuge from disturbance. I greatly appreciate the willingness of the Forest Service to protect this resource for all of life and for the long-term
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