Motorized access to our public lands has been increasing in use all over. Whether it’s out our back door in Lake Tahoe or in the desert southwest. And with all the energy in the outdoor industry selling sidecountry skiing it seems that backcountry ski use has increased as well. Too many people out playing brings forth the human dimension aspect of managing our cherished wildlands. Land managers seem to have an endless battle on their hands of where to draw the boundaries and trying to make everyone happy giving all users a bit of the playground. Not to mention it seems that the first part of budget cuts is recreation on public lands reducing the number of government employees to help solve or to make worse these growing problems.
Whether you are for or against snowmobiles this is a great interview with Mark Menlove , executive director of the Winter Wildlands Alliance. The interview gives a deeper look inside the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s view on management and a good read no matter what your opinion. I was forwarded this from a co-worker and is from http://www.DealerNews.com, a powersports business website:
and a side note while we are on the topic of recreational impacts: