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Old 11-15-2017, 12:53 PM
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Some thoughts/comments on things from my friend Jerry Smith at UFWDA...

Cogitating “Apathy” has been a long-term headache for many of us with one of the extreme wildfires burning in our bellies for many years. When you have the passion that some of us do, “frustration” becomes your middle name.

When you see the funding that the radical environmental organizations are able to generate and compare them to the feeble numbers all the pro-access groups put together can scrape up, it’s very difficult to keep a positive attitude.

Knowing what our side needs, and seeing that need nearly all go lacking for having no support funding is very demoralizing. Having the time and passion to do the work but not having any support – neither the moral support nor the funding (unless you self-fund it), leaves one wondering WHY you put out the effort.

When you hear that Jeep sold 1.25 million vehicles in 2016, and yet they cannot see their way to support open motorized access to the lands that many, if not most of those vehicles are destined to use, it’s easy to ask; “Why do we support THEM in such volumes?”

If you consider all the ATVs, UTVs, and motorcycles being sold every year, knowing that some of their manufacturers have programs that give support to the sport is at least something. More often, it is the Dealers that we see offering their support though.

In most meetings I attend with public land management, it’s only the same few people we ever see. Most of them are activists from other organizations, some in support of motorized recreation and many not. Even when you travel some distance, the same people are the only ones showing up.

Set up a booth at an event to “talk land use”, and it’s only your friends that stop by for some chat that usually has nothing to do with land use.
Go to club meetings and bring up land use and just watch the eyes of the crowd glaze over.

Few of the younger generation seem to have any real interest to become involved or support those who are.

We have just gone through years of amending the USFS Forest Plans and Resource Management Plans for the BLM. In most of those office regions, anywhere between 50% and 75% of existing roads and trails were closed, yet very little “real” effort was mounted against this.

If anyone has some GREAT ideas to make the necessary changes to these problems, PLEASE step forward and make yourself known.
Dave Walters
Tri-Cities Peak Putters
Land Use Coordinator
WOHVA Board member

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