Once again, David Lien, representing the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and residing in Colorado Springs, writes in favor of closing access to local public lands of which he obviously has little to no knowledge.
He has always subscribed to the concept of “If you repeat the lie often enough, the unknowing will begin to believe it.”
In reality, there is no reason to close 85 percent of the motorized routes between December and May in the Cactus Park portion of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.
Analysis concludes that the deer and elk populations are at or above the targets for the area and current management policies have been effective at mitigating impacts while maintaining access. The best available science specifically concludes that motorized usage is not a threat to the species.
Road restrictions unfair to non-ATV motorized use
I would like to acquaint readers with the development in public lands policy that deserves more attention than it is getting. In the Gunnison and Uncompahgre national forests, and probably others, roads that were for decades open to all vehicles have been closed to those wider than 50 inches.They have become dedicated all-terrain-vehicle trails.
The ones that I have seen are sections of a powerline road north of Paonia and roads on the north and south Love Mesa Benches off the Cabin Bench Road on the Uncompahgre Plateau. I am sure there are others.
Ranchers, hunters and woodcutters created these last roads before four-wheelers even existed, and the roads were navigable by two-wheel-drive pickups in dry conditions.
If erosion had become a problem, seasonal closures or even closure to motorized traffic would be legitimate options. Restricting travel, however, to one of the worst causes of erosion solves nothing, and it’s unfair to those who used the routes responsibly for decades. Next time four-wheelers complain about travel restrictions on public land, remind them of this.
Sage-grouse beauty eclipses drilling rigs
We can’t stop the drilling, but we can save the sage-grouse. Several months ago I obtained a copy of a beautiful male sage-grouse in his mating stance.
I had the photo matted and framed, and it is a centerpiece in my house. I ask what is more beautiful — the grouse or a drilling rig?
Save the sage-grouse.
Snowy day creates mishaps and flurry of thoughtful acts
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the terrific people here in the Grand Valley. Let me start by saying that I don’t drive in the snow unless I absolutely have to. I appreciate that our valley doesn’t get much of the white stuff through which I have to drive.
So, last Wednesday’s record snow threw me a curveball. Almost any other day, I wouldn’t have needed to drive, but on Wednesday I had to drop my husband at the airport at 5:45 a.m. When I couldn’t get traction at the curb, some airport employees gave me a push and got me started. When I got stuck on 12th Street just south of the roundabout, a gentleman got off his bike and helped me get back on the road.
Later that morning I tried to go to work, but a near miss left me shaken, and I decided to head for home. I slid past my intended turn and decided to use the parking lot at Western Slope Ford to turn around. That ended with me stuck in a snow bank. The salesman called some guys, who pulled my jeep out and made me feel better, even though I was shaken and crying.
I am so thankful to live in a place where people are kind and help each other. You are the reason this valley is my home, no matter how far I roam.
Thank you for your kindness.
Grant ignores major scandals, focuses on small state group
It appears that Bill Grant in his column published Dec. 4 has myopic vision at best. Perhaps he should make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
With all of the scandals plaguing the Obama administration to choose from — be it Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious or the rapidly imploding Affordable Care Act — he chooses to focus on a small group called the Independence Institute and its work in Colorado.
Why not examine the millions of dollars spent by George Soros for the progressive agenda and the redistribution of wealth, kept by President Obama in his talking points, that is the keystone to all socialist economies?
I note that all of the sources Grant cites in his column are from liberal or progressive groups. Bias? As the headline above Curt Claussen’s recent letter to the editor states, “As our country slips away, our own agendas are blinding us.”
What is Grant’s agenda, and how is “hope and change” working for him?