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RE: [RC] Wild Horses - bobmorris

While the use of power tools is supposedly restricted in
Wilderness areas. The more frightening thing is that you
cannot clear or perform maintenance on the trails unless
they are in the district travel plan. I dumped a 50k grant
because we could not maintain trails that had been in use
for over 75 years for communication and for hunting. They
had been removed from the travel plan so that maintenance
was not required and thus were closed when they had blow

Wish for more Wilderness and you may get it. No endurance
rides can be held in wilderness areas. Wish for wilderness
and you may be paying a fee just to ride there. Wish for
wilderness and you may get a solution like the Sawtooth
Recreation Area where you are limited to certain trails.
Wish for wilderness and you will eventually be very sorry.


Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID 

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Subject: RE: [RC] Wild Horses

Tom, please don't make the mistake of thinking that
"wilderness" is just a non-motorized area.  A wilderness
is so tied up in red tape that you can't maintain trails,
can't go in to get an injured person out, you can't manage
for grazing or horseback riding--nothing!  I'm right smack
against wilderness areas where I live, and they are NOT 
places where you can go and have the kind of "wilderness 
experience" that you had. 
They are locked-up wastelands of down timber, they are
hazards, and they are nigh on impossible for the average 
citizen to access and enjoy.

There's wilderness that we ride through up near Salmon La
Sac. It's absolutely gorgeous. Incredible trails, and
nothing built by people anywhere you can see. I don't think
the part we ride through has been logged but once.

You can maintain the trails, just not with power equipment.
This does make it harder - you have to drop back to
techniques used 50 to 100 years ago.

I do agree with you that not all of the restrictions make
sense - for example, they ought to be able to bring in a
helicopter to get injured people out.

What I think we need is something between wilderness and
taxpayer funded tree farms. Maybe a recreational area
designation that only allows certain activities, but not as
restrictive as wilderness. I find it ironic that a national
park is less restrictive than wilderness. There might be
ways already on the books to do this.

There's an area near here that might get marked wilderness.
It is a good candidate - good bit of old growth in there.
The thing that bugs most people is that we have a nice
trailhead we'd lose because they'd take out the road that
gets you there. It would make riding up there a lot harder -
fairly well limit things to people capable of overnighting
and maybe endurance riders if they get up early enough.

REAL endurance is your water freezing IN the cantle bags!
~ Heidi Sowards

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