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Re: Motorcycle Industry Council joins forces to keep OHV use open in Nat'l Parks.

Seriously, talk to someone with some education in biology, forestry or environmental science. Over 99% of the USA's forests have disappeared in the last 200 years, virtually all of that in the past 50. Even the lumber industry, kings of the clear cut, have had to resort to managed forests that they own in order to ensure a reliable supply of lumber.

Just keep those blinders on, obandoj.

In the meantime, we Canadians will just keep in piping down water, lumber, natural gas and oil to feed the hungry beast to the south.
 

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You pick up the stuff left behind by others and you can't understand why ORV use is being banned? As you have seen first hand, very few people in the world are as responsible as you are.

Your land? What an absurd notion. Ownership is a human invention and will die with humanity. Long after we are dead and dust, life will continue to chug away without any regard for anything humanity ever created. Do you think bacteria and virii consult the local authorities before they cross the boundary to "your" land? What about birds? Insects? Stick up all the fences and walls you want - you can't keep nature from ignoring our attempts to 'own' this planet.

Want a perfect example? Look at an abandoned lot and wait to see how long it is before grass starts breaking through the ashpalt. One summer or two is all you will get before nature starts to relclaim its own.

As for credentials ... I worked in the Canadian Lumber industry for half a decade, buying and selling lumber up and down the east coast of both Canada and the US. I've seen the managed forests and the companies who didn't set them up in the 70s dying for lack of quality lumber trees to sell. I've been told to my face by lumber buyers in the US that they can't find US lumber of the same quality as Canadian lumber because the US industry wiped out the forests without regard to the future. I bought lumber in Quebec and Ontario, turned around and sold in the US for sometimes as high as 3 to 4 times what it would have fetched in Canada. Want to know where people are overusing their resources? Look to who is paying the most money.
 

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Why do you think the National Parks were created in the first place? To conserve nature that was already dwindling alarmingly enough that a previous generation thought it necessary to carve out slices of it and restrict access to it in order to keep it around.

It wasn't for 'general public use' at all.
 

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Oregon is not NYC or Philadelphia or LA.

The eastern seaboard used to be 100% forest as far as the eye could see. It isn't now, is it?
 

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Again, though, Wisconsin is just one state, not all fifty taken as a whole. Each state decides its forest management policy and some are better than others at doing so. I'm glad to hear that Wisconsin has done some good.

The point, though, is that pavement and the plough have done their damage along with badly managed forests. I read a report from the UFF that said that almost 100% of the possible arable land in the US had been planted, the rest being non-arable or paved over. Human population growth has proven the wiser minds who made the National Parks right. They were correct to set aside some wilderness to be protected or it would have been paved over, too.
 

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They spew out greenhouse gases at night, then spew oxygen during the day. Internal combustion engines spew out greenhouse gases all the time and don't produce any useful gas to offset that. O2 at least turns into ozone 2-3% of the time and gives us the ozone layer
 

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I agree with this option completely. IIRC, though, funding for the national park service has been on the decline for the last several presidents. I doubt they could enforce that level of diligence if they wanted to.
 

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As far as nature is concerned, nothing is really ever permanent. Animals will move back in when the motorcycles leave and the tracks will eventually overgrow or animals will use it as a game trail. The ecosystem won't be exactly the same, but another ecosystem will be created nonetheless.
 
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