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the entire area.  There is nothing for hunters to hunt, so they left for other areas.  The campers have nothing to enjoy now, so they have gone elsewhere.  The equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers all have open trails, but who wants to venture into a totally blackened, dead, burned area?  The birders have no birds to watch, so they have all sadly gone.  Skiing and snowmobiles will not be allowed on the area.  The watershed can no longer naturally control the flow of water so it rushes downhill causing more erosion and siltation. Where less than 1% of the land was “eroding roads” before, now 100% is subject to SEVERE erosion. Guess the roads they closed don’t matter much now.  Grazing permits will be curtailed for years. Those cattle will have to be shifted to another lease or be fed expensive hay for the duration. The price per pound of your hamburger will have to increase.  Recreation will be years in returning in the area.  It will take local economies many years to recover from just the loss of

recreation income. This is the ultimate result of listening to and managing the radical “environmental” way. EVERYBODY LOSES!! Renewable and sustainable resources are entirely wasted to serve a selfish self interest group. Many of our public land managers KNOW what they need to do to make things right, but the radical “preservationist wing” in the public land management agencies are preventing them from even voicing their views. Radicals by definition, are an intolerant bunch. It’s their way or the highway. Well, it’s time the average member of the public fight back. The public is not well organized, nor are they well funded like the foundations and other sources of money the preservationists receive. The public needs to rely on the businesses that benefit from our uses of public lands to help organize and fund the opposition. There are many of such businesses we need to be calling on for support. The oil industry benefits from our recreating. Do they support our position of motorized access? The automakers benefit from our recreating. Where are they? The list goes on and we need to find a way to their hearts and wallets to turn the radical “environ-mental” movement around and begin a new way of managing our public lands. The Off Road Business Association is leading the way, but they can do only so much alone. Other industries must step up with support and resources. Multiple Use and Sustained Yield is the law, we need to make sure it is strictly adhered to.

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