So if I recall, the primary reason for the NPS closing the road was NOT to
protect the area from any documented environmental damage. Rather, it was to
restrict public access to public property that happens to be considered
"sacred" by one religious group. Now, if that religious
group had been any of the numerous Christian denominations, or Jewish, we'd be
hearing all about "separation" of church and state. But
since the religious group in this case just happens to be American Indians,
nobody will mention separation. It is pretty hard to show
"continuous use" of a road when the NPS unilaterally gates it off and
it takes 10 years to get to the court hearing.Remove the gate and
let's see how much use the road gets.
So they are 'preserving' the canyon for the public by banning the public.
Considering wrote:"So if I recall, the primary reason for the NPS closing
the road was NOT to protect the area from any documented environmental
damage".You need to go back and look at the facts before
posting. I have no idea where you got those "facts" but they didn't
come from anything about this case ????
Canyonlands is a national park, not really a place where a Utah "state's
rights" land grab ever stood much of a chance.
The public is most certainly not "locked out!" Anyone can hike, bike
or ride a horse to Angel Arch. They just have to park their motor at the gate.
Get over the notion that "the public" all want to drive up the middle
of Salt Creek.
"It denies Americans the right to their property," Adams said.Preservation, not denegration of our public lands needs to be the new
priority. Too many people, even with good intentions, can literally love a place
to death. Desert soils and plants are fragile and can't handle a continuous
onslaught of vehicles and foot traffic. Then of course, there are the people who
don't care about anyone but themselves, leaving garbage and vandalizing
features, thereby despoiling the experience for those who follow for years to
come. We don't need to drive everywhere. Just because we have
the ability doesn't mean we have the right to trample the planet under
pagan wheels. We don't need to go everywhere, to change everything we see
and touch. The world is prefect without us. Let's leave some parts of it
How does driving a jeep down a wash trample the planet under pagan wheels?
Roads in washes are the ideal place to have roads. They leave no impact. All
they did was keep the public from using their public lands. Not everybody is
young enough or strong enough to make a 25 mile round trip hike carrying water,
food and equipment into a hostile desert environment so they can love the beauty
of their land.