Letters and comments for October 7, 2011

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Letters and comments for October 7, 2011

Enough roadless areas already


To the Editor:

In response to Mildrexler’s question “So what kind of Oregon do I want to leave future generations?” I would answer one that doesn’t have the roadless horse manure he is peddling.

Northeast Oregon already has more than its fair share of wilderness/roadless areas. I would submit that if Mr. Mildrexler can’t already find “solitude and adventure” within the existing boundary of the Eagle Caps, he is never going to find it. His viewpoint is very self-centered, because it totally leaves out the elderly/handicapped from being able to enjoy the views. There are no roads that go to the top of the mountain on the southern wilderness boundary line, and the only way that the elderly/handicapped can see the magnificent northward view, is accessing it by ATV.

If it wasn’t for jeepers, dirt bikers, miners, etc., who cut in all the motorized trails/roads during the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, he wouldn’t be able to get to his Utopian destinations.

USFS logging survey crews used those trails and roads to access the backcountry when they were performing their job functions back then, and many logging roads were built right over the top of these “unregulated motorized use” trails/roads. That time period had substantially more Jeeps and motorcycles traversing the forest on any given day than the ATVs of today.

Some people seem to conveniently forget that, or have no clue because they are a Johnny-come-lately. The popularity of Jeeps died out in the ’80s because the purchase price became too high. Today, most people are unwilling to spend $30,000-plus on a new Jeep and then go bash it up while four-wheeling. Hence, the popularity of the ATVs, which are less expensive than a Jeep, and it has now become convenient to blame for a non-existent problem.

David Thiesfeld

La Grande