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I don't know if this is a repost or not. I searched but didn't find it. If it is I'll delete it.

> Longmont Daily Times-Call
> Published Nov. 7, 2003
> Guest Opinion
> Off-roaders vs. landowners
> New breed of off-road enthusiasts destroying public,
> private property
> By Mark Boslough
> Special to the Times-Call
> As a teenager growing up in Broomfield in the early
> 1970s, my favorite activity by far was riding my
> Kawasaki dirt bikes on trails and areas we called
> "scrambles."
> After school and on weekends, we would head to a
> network of trails and jumps in the amber hills above
> the town dump, catch a pathway along the ditch, go to
> the "roller coaster" at Pony Estates and along ranch
> roads and washes to Coal Creek raceway to watch
> motorcycle races. The smell of dust and two-stroke
> motor oil was like perfume.
> I also had a Jeep. It was manufactured back when those
> vehicles only had four cylinders and moved very slowly
> in the lowest gear to get up steep grades. It had no
> top, and I carried a shovel to scoop out the seats
> when it snowed. But it had a custom-welded roll bar
> that saved my life once. I wasn't much for maintenance
> and tinkering, and when I threw a rod trying to drive
> the speed limit on U.S. Highway 36, I took it to
> Vo-Tech, where students fixed it for the price of
> parts.
> During high school and college, some of my favorite
> places to explore included old mining roads near Gold
> Hill and Jamestown. These trips would take me up and
> down Lefthand and the South St. Vrain canyons. At the
> time of my adventures, Fairview Peak had not yet been
> turned into an off-road sacrifice area. Hikers enjoyed
> what was then a single-track footpath called Barking
> Dog Trail west of Lyons.
> I can't say whether I would have taken my motorcycle
> up Barking Dog Trail, as I rode other trails and ranch
> roads across the large empty swaths of private
> property near my hometown. Most owners didn't care if
> you rode across their land, as long as you were
> respectful and stayed on the road or trail.
> But I can say without hesitation that I would not have
> torn up the stream bed, ridden cross country or
> created new trails. Those were not the values I grew
> up with, and I believe those were not the values of
> most Coloradans at the time.
> As the years passed, most of my riding areas
> disappeared to development. Expensive homes, golf
> courses, hotels and strip malls now sit on top of
> those golden fields and dusty trails. If I had been
> an ecoterrorist, perhaps I would have vandalized the
> construction projects. Maybe I could have justified
> vigilante behavior by saying that these ranch roads
> and trails had been there for a long time and were
> therefore public roads. But those were not my
> values,either.
> Years later, I would be fortunate enough to meet my
> wife, a Colorado native with deep roots in the same
> area. Her family owned a ranch crossed by Barking Dog
> Trail. But the trail had changed. The single track and
> adjacent creek had been taken over by a new generation
> of powerful off-road vehicles driven by recreationists
> with different values. A spider web of destruction was
> spreading like a cancer across the foothills and
> meadows of the ranch and surrounding land.
> I bought the adjacent land and doubled the size of my
> wife's ranch. My intention was to restore the stream
> and re-create the healthy wetlands, improving wildlife
> habitat and reducing fire hazard by thinning the
> trees. I hired a forester at great expense. I went
> through the Colorado State Forest Service approval
> process. I worked with the Longmont Soil Conservation
> District and hand-planted hundreds of seedling trees;
> some to prevent erosion and others to harvest as
> Christmas trees to provide environmentally friendly
> income from our little forest agriculture operation
> when we retire.
> But the new generation of off-road enthusiasts also
> has different values with regard to ecoterrorism and
> private-property rights. My project was sabotaged by a
> group calling itself About Public Lands, consisting of
> members of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club and Trailridge
> Runners 4WD clubs, who claim that Barking Dog Trail is
> open for public motorized recreation under a civil war
> era law called R.S. 2477.
> These vigilantes not only reflect the changing values
> of their members, but a loss of faith in the rule of
> law that is a fundamental pillar of our democratic
> society.
> Like the Earth Liberation Front, which has claimed
> responsibility for similar acts of vandalism, APL's
> activities have been reported by Stop Eco-Violence.
> SEV is an organization that monitors criminal acts of
> willful destruction and personal harassment that,
> according to its Web site, have "inflicted
> significant, inexcusable harm on private citizens,
> law-abiding businesses, institutions and local
> communities."
> Mainstream environmental organizations like the Sierra
> Club have disavowed any association with ecoterrorist
> activates and ELF. National off-road organizations
> like the Blue Ribbon Coalition and Tread Lightly
> should follow the lead of conservationists and condemn
> the vigilante activities of emerging groups like APL.
> If these groups are not stopped now, acts of vandalism
> like that on Barking Dog Trail and Fairview Peak will
> only proliferate, to the detriment of society.
> Mark Boslough lives in Albuquerque. He grew up in
> Broomfield, went to Colorado State University and owns
> mountain property just northwest of Jamestown. He is
> actively working to strengthen laws to protect both
> private and public property from off-road damage.

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How does the APL's actions compare to typical ELF actions? Why does he try to draw each in the same editorial light?

Where did he choose to plant seedlings, in the established road and right of way?

If I were to purchase land adjacent to another established right of way, hire the same Forester and decide to plant seedlings on Interstate 80, would I be absolved from any Federal Law regarding the public right of way (even if the results of my actions closed down I-80)?

Happy Trails!

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In the time I've been reading this guy's stuff about Barking Dog, he must have reinvented himself and his position at least 3 or 4 times. Now he is the "kinder, gentler former off road enthusiast" who remembers a day when 4 wheelers were a different breed. He apparently is now acknowledging that Barking Dog was a legitimate route of travel, although he seems to want to reinvent it's existence as a footpath in order to have a legitimate argument against RS2477. I find it particularly amusing that people asserting their lawful rights are somehow "sabotaging" his project. I wonder if he would refer to our right to freedom of speech as some sort of "ancient 1700's era law"? Apparently laws and rights are only bad if they're inconvenient for you.

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bosloughs says he bought the property and added to his wifes, wet last april his wife made it a point to seperate her property from his.
boslough claims single track in his wifes livetime yety court documents in 1914 say other wise
some might be interested to know that the case can be proved that boslough has done this same type of thing under oath..
can you say purgery????
it goes on but you all have said it so well
anyone got any ideas for how to get this clown to court ourselves???? (read that: how to raise funds?)
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