are many places to choose to recreate and many forms of
recreation to choose from in today’s world. That’s
the great thing about living in America, we have choices.
We can choose to go climb a mountain top, or conquer the
deepest valley. We can raft down a river, or simply stand
there and fish in one. We can choose to ride our bicycles,
snowmobiles, ATVs, horses, jet-skis, boats, planes, cars
and trucks to just about any place we wish. Of course
there are limits to what types of recreation are best
suited for any specific area, but we are still free to
choose what and where.
there is an epidemic that is slowly ending recreation
as we know it. It is spreading quicker than a fire down
a river of gasoline. Our public lands are falling victim
to it acre by acre. More and more forests are succumbing
to the effects of it everyday. Is it the beetle? Is
it wild fires? No, this plague that is threatening our
public lands is of the human controlled variety. It
is a condition known as apathy. Its symptoms may go
unnoticed, but its effects are often irreversible.
are many groups that want all but a few elitists off
public lands. These groups often use the guise of “saving
the environment” to appeal to their audiences.
This is where apathy sits and waits for the right time
to infiltrate its victims. Most people have short attention
spans and apathy thrives on this. The Anti-Recreationists
bank on this fact and saturate their audience with sad
stories about some “rare” frog needing 10
million square acres to reproduce or the world will
stop turning. In the meantime the audience disregards
the fact that this “rare” frog is found
in 10 other parts of the world. The Anti-Recreationists
use scare tactics to capitalize on apathetic persons.
There is scientific evidence which shows that many,
if not the vast majority, of their claims are completely
opposite of the truth. How come we are still losing
public lands every day when this is the case? The Anti-Recreationists
play the apathy card, that’s why. They know on
any given day more people will take the time to read
about whatever BS they print and mass mail, than will
take the time to locate the real facts and call them
to question and do the research and make an educated
decision. They know recreationists have better things
to do than write letters or make phone calls. They are
banking on the fact that you’d rather be out wheeling
or wrenching than at a local USFS meeting. They know
that 90% of recreationists feel that something not directly
affecting their form of recreation doesn’t warrant
any action on their part because it’s “someone
else’s problem.” NEWS FLASH – Its
everyone’s problem. Until we realize there are
not separate forms of recreation, each and every one
of us will continue to lose. Your children will lose.
You lose. Either you are a Recreationist or you are
not. If you are you had better pull your head out and
get in gear preserving what we have left, before the
Discovery Channel is our only way to get in touch with
nature. We are one.
hate to draw the correlation between the tragic September
11 attacks on our home soil on, but remember how the
whole world took a step back when we became the UNITED
States of America again. For the first time in a long
time we were one. Everyone stood up and took notice.
We all put aside our differences and united for a common
purpose. We had the attention of the entire world when
we became one, so getting the attention of the local
and federal land agencies should be a snap. WE are in
charge of our lands, not some left wing nut cases working
with an elitist agenda. It’s time we took our
land back from the Extremists, before you have to explain
to your children what was so important that you couldn’t
protect their future.
How will you answer this question when asked by your
son or daughter? Will you be able to stand there and
look them straight in the eye and tell them you did
all you could to preserve public access to public lands?
Maybe they’ll accept it unquestionably when you
tell them you didn’t have time to attend a meeting,
write a letter, or even make a free phone call? Surely
they will acknowledge the fact that you didn’t
feel it was necessary to support your local Pro-Access
organizations. Maybe they'll believe you when you tell
them you couldn't afford $20 a year as you load the
extra 3 cases of beer into your beat and battered truck
that you've got a $5K stereo in? They’ll understand
when you tell them you thought it didn’t include
“your type” of recreation, so it didn’t
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