May 20th, 2018

OHV users do respect backcountry

By Letter to the Editor on January 23, 2018.

Response to the online comment to our letter to the editor about our pristine area: Yes, we do live in a pristine area, and do know how to appreciate it. We have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to keep it pristine, by bridging trout streams, cleaning and maintaining trails, planting willows to stabilize stream bank and re-routing trails around sensitive areas.

We respect the backcountry more than most and want to keep it that way. What have hikers, cyclists and snowshoe enthusiasts ever contributed besides garbage and water bottles on the trails? This is why we feel segregated and picked on, when we should all be able to recreate in the park.

Joe and Jean Lumley


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10 Responses to “OHV users do respect backcountry”

  1. John P Nightingale says:

    “Cyclists, hikers and snowshoers” are not even close to the environmental damage done by OHV usage. Sure, discarded water bottles and stuff are sometimes discarded by inconsiderate users but that comparison used by the letter writers, is spurious indeed.

  2. Pete says:

    The point is that no matter how well-meaning or careful their operators might be, OHVs and the trail systems they utilize cause significant damage. Of course other users can also cause problems but, for the most part, those problems pale in comparison to the problems caused by motorized vehicles.

  3. Resolute says:

    We need to come to agreement on a decision value system. If the values are to minimize human involvememt and use of the land, the NDP actions are aligned and appropriate. If the value system is the growth of human happiness at large, the actions can be seen to sacrifice the good of the majority for the potential use of a to be developed minority. It serms more an expansion of government control and staffing than a good of any kind.

  4. Pete says:

    The vast majority of Albertans, as well as the majority of local residents, favour increased protection for watersheds and wildlife. Only a very small percentage of Albertans are motorized users, yet motorized use has an oversized effect on the land. What we’re talking about is looking after the last few scraps of wildland that are left in the south and, by doing so, looking after the interests of the majority of Albertans.

  5. Resolute says:

    Pete, let’s see your survey data! Please substantiate your speaking on behalf of all Albertans. I have been waiting for this!

  6. biff says:

    grin, pete, jpn, well said. (:) recreational ohv users have about as much validity in saying they respect the “back country” as does the likes of a trump that would claim respect for the backside of a woman whilst helping oneself to a grab.

  7. already extinct says:

    biff, you mean like Bill Clinton made a career of, that type of Trump? – ahhh Ok I get it.

    Well laid out in Gary Aldrichs “Unlimited Access”. Aldrich was one of two FBI agents assigned to the White House under the Bill and Hillary reign of _________(fill in the blank.) everyone seems to have ignored, then and now. These political Frankenstein’s are still making millions speaking about it.

    Hell, maybe Quad Squad should hire them to change public attitudes on vile distasteful things, there’s nobody better at that than them.

  8. phlushie says:

    I am sure glad that farm tractors are so expensive because they would be a great “off road recreation vehicle” and could actually rebuild and regrade the east slope. The other thing I look at is the lifted 4X4s. Years ago they were not allowed on the roadways and were classified as “off road” and had to be trailerd to their off road sites. Now they are all over because someone can make a profit producing them to the mass market.

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