The Real Story on the Proposed White Rock ORV Area
By Sarah Peters
April 7, 2010
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An article in the Douglas County, Oregon News-Review over the weekend highlighted damage that is occurring on private timber land in southern Oregon due to off road vehicle use. While private land owners have in the past turned a blind eye to off road vehicle use on their lands, they now find themselves in a situation where the damage that is occurring is too great to ignore. But, stopping the illegal trespass is easier said than done.
While the article briefly mentions a possible "solution" to the problem that has been proposed by the local ORV group of designating routes for ORVs on nearby BLM land, it fails to mention that the land that is the subject of this proposal has also been suffering from illegal use, and has also been extensively damaged.
Francis Eatherington, formerly with Umpqua Watersheds and now with Cascadia Wildlands, recently sent me pictures from her visit to the White Rocks/Mrytle Creek area, and the damage that has been caused by illegal use in the area, which BLM has attempted to close, but failed to enforce.
We'll keep you posted as to what the BLM has planned for this area, and whether they decide to formally propose an ORV trail system in this fragile, already heavily damaged, area.
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