TITLE

Where have all the rangers gone?

AUTHOR(S)
Burkhart, Michaelle
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
High Country News;12/26/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 24, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article analyzes various studies regarding the forest protection in the United States. It reflects on certain incidents of the closure of the forest trails by the United States Forest Service. Because off-roaders had created many illegal routes. Many lawsuit have been filed from various forest conservationists, which forced the authorities to close the forest until the environmental impacts are to be studied. There was a new rule, which restricts vehicles except for snow-mobiles to designate routes and the terrain will be closed unless marked open on a travel plan map, which was announced with the new rule. The new rule allows individual districts to incorporate illegally created routes into their permanent travel plans. The studies has confirmed that among the estimated 205 million visits in 2004, many of the visitors bring motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. The growth rate of the off-highway vehicle riders rose from about 5 million in 1972 to 51 million in 2004. Among which more than two-thirds deviated from sanctioned routes.
ACCESSION #
19478594

 

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