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I liked this, the guy has his facts straight.

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Subject: Fw: A VIEW OF WILDERNESS ISSUES FROM BACK EAST

Ah, Wilderness! (Op-Ed contributor)
August 26, 2010
By Ted Stroll, attorney, San Jose, California tedstroll@yahoo.com or 408-947-1215

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on August 27, 2010, on page A21 of the New York edition.
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San Jose, California - One day in early 1970, a cross-country skier got lost along the 46-mile Kekekabic Trail, which winds through
the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Unable to make his way out, he died of exposure.

In response, the Forest Service installed markers along the trail. But when, years later, it became time to replace them, the agency
refused, claiming that the 1964 Wilderness Act banned signage in the nation's wilderness areas.

Despite the millions of people who have visited the country's national parks, forests and wildernesses this summer, the Forest
Service has become increasingly strict in its enforcement of the Wilderness Act. The result may be more pristine lands, but the
agency's zealous enforcement has also heightened safety risks and limited access to America's wilderness areas.

Over the last 45 years Congress has designated as wilderness 40 percent of the land in our national parks and one-third of the
land in our national forests -- more than 170,000 square miles, an area nearly as large as California, Massachusetts and New Jersey
combined -- as wilderness. In March 2009, President Obama signed a law protecting 3,125 more square miles, the largest expansion
in more than a generation.

Wilderness, according to the act, is space "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is
a visitor who does not remain." Within those areas, the act forbids cars, roads, structures and anything else that could impair the
"outstanding opportunities for solitude."

At the same time, though, Congress wanted people to use the land for recreation, so it allowed access to wilderness areas for
hunting, hiking, canoeing and climbing.

Over the decades an obvious contradiction has emerged between preservation and access.

As the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management -- each of which claims jurisdiction over
different wilderness areas -- adopted stricter interpretations of the act.

They forbade signs, baby strollers, certain climbing tools and carts that hunters use to carry game.

As a result, the agencies have made these supposedly open recreational areas, inaccessible -- and even dangerous -- putting
themselves in opposition to healthy and environmentally sound human-powered activities, the very thing Congress intended
the Wilderness Act to promote.

Part of the problem is that many of today's common outdoor activities were unheard of in 1964, including trail cycling and
wind-powered skiing.

In forbidding them, the agencies invoke the Wilderness Act's ban on "mechanical transport." But the act's legislative history
makes clear that Congress never intended to stop people from using their own power to travel or shepherd their children, or
from using light mechanical assistance that leaves no lasting trace.

The agencies have even taken on Capitol Hill: In 1980, Congress authorized bicycling in Montana's Rattlesnake Wilderness,
but the Forest Service refused to allow it.

The official resistance to wilderness signage, in particular, has become a safety issue.

Every summer numerous backpackers, hikers and hunters get lost in the wilderness, with occasionally fatal results.

In 2008, two experienced hikers along the Kekekabic Trail -- the same Minnesota trail where the skier perished in 1970 --
were lost for days and nearly ran out of food.

The Forest Service listened to their complaints about the lack of signage, but refused to act.

In response to the agencies' inflexibility, groups of outdoor enthusiasts have lined up against any expansion of wilderness
areas -- an unfortunate result, because these people should be the natural constituents of a wilderness protection program.

The Wilderness Act is a monumental achievement in national resource conservation. But unless federal agencies begin to
interpret it more reasonably, it is an achievement that even fewer numbers of people will want, or even be able, to enjoy.


"Something is not constitutional just because the Supreme Court says it is. It is constitutional if the Constitution says it is."
- Brett Pharo, January 2010.

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wow an open mind to some extent.........he has a good outline for whats to come...
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IMO, I think the forest service is doing a great job here. They are enforcing the letter of the law to the nth degree, like they are supposed to, and like we told them to. What this might facilitate is the easing of the official definition of wilderness and to help stop the increase amounts of land proposed as wilderness.

I don't think anything will stop wilderness growth faster then everyone not liking the results of it. The problem here isn't the FS, it is congress, and the people are beginning to get to the point to bring this issue to congress.
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Good point ruffryder, I guess that means your voting for Rossi eh? You wouldn't vote for the wild sky sponsor would you?
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Good point ruffryder, I guess that means your voting for Rossi eh? You wouldn't vote for the wild sky sponsor would you?
Wasn't there a football guy who is running too?
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Like all organizations, there's at least two camps in the Forest Service.

The closet environmentalist, turned ricky ranger, that wants everything shutdown. They went into the forest service, to save the trees.

And, the guy that thinks the forest service is managing land for the use of the people (aka. Teddy Roosevelt follower), fight fires, harvest trees, make the forests pay for themselves, and act as a giant recreational opportunity for anyone willing to get there.

The Timber Harvesting, clear cut it all, and mine the rest, types are pretty much gone.

I've had some pretty interesting conversations with some FS people. Specially the specialist. Biologist, geologist, and numbers types. I've had some interesting encounters with the zealots of the FS too.
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From Citizens For balanced use for those of you in Montana




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Baker and MWA
Dear Jim,

CBU has been reviewing the candidates for the Montana Supreme Court and we believe our supporters should know a couple of facts regarding this important race.

Judge Nels Swandal is a third generation Montanan from Wilsall and still lives in the same valley his grandparents settled over 100 years ago.

* 15 years District Court Judge for Montana's 6th Judicial Court
* 30 years United States Army
* Retired Colonel and the State Staff Judge Advocate for Montana
* 11 years Park County Attorney
* Current President Montana Judges Association
* 2009 CASA Judge of the year
* Recieved Army Commendation Medal and Legion of Merit

Judge Swandal has tried hundreds of cases as a judge and also has been involved in hundreds of cases as a prosecuting and defense attorney.

Candidate Beth Baker on the other hand has never presided over a single case.

* Never been a judge
* Raised money for her campaign from environmental groups.
* Married to Tim Baker, executive director of Montana Wilderness Association

It is important to note that CBU does not endorse any candidates for political office but we do distribute imformation to voters in an effort to assist the public in making an informed decision.

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I will be attending the EQC meeting in Helena on September 14th at 11:30am. Chairman Chas Vincent will be discussing new private property land takings by FWP for proposed stream setbacks under a near web-based program called "Crucial Areas Planning System" (CAPS).
CAPS is not a science based program but only a mapping application with many GIS layers.
Here is a list of the layers in the CAPS.

* 500 fish and wildlife species
* Vegetation communities
* Terrestrial habitat information
* Fisheries habitat information
* Habitat connectivity
* Stream connectivity
* Native Species Richness
* Species of concern including 11 species of birds
* Conservation Acquisition Targets
* Bio-diversity
* Game quality
* Wetlands
* Riparian areas
* Watershed integrity
* Human caused influences
* Energy development
* Energy corridors
* Transportation corridors
* Density populations out to 2020
* Legal Boundaries
* Hunter activity and expenditures
* Human caused influences (including 13 variables)
* Developnment
* Infrastructure

More layers are planned to be added to this application!

The Madison County Planning Board listened to a presentation by FWP staffer Doris Fisher at their August 30th meeting. Several comments by Ms. Fisher should concern every property owner in Montana. It seems the FWP will now engage in land use planning. Here are a few of Ms. Fisher's comments at this meeting.

* Buffers and setbacks for water bodies (130 to 300 feet)
* Buffers and setbacks along with density requirements for native grasslands and shrubs.
* "the smaller the setback range, the greater the human encroachment."
* "it would be ideal for people to consult with FWP before they made a land purchase."
* create "living with Wildlife" covenants for projects.
* "The goal is to decrease habitat fragmentation and increase habitat connectivity and habitat corridors across state lines."
* "entire counties in Montana have been identified as Areas of Concern."

Their is absolutly no science behind the CAPS project by FWP and none of this information has been peer reviewed. It is all about land control and removing humans from the enviroment.

It is very clear that FWP is fully engaged in the Wildlands Project and the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative. It will take the full involvement of Montana citizens to turn this around.

Please mark your calendar for
EQC meeting
September 14th,
11:30am,
Helena State Capitol,
room 172.
Kerry White
Citizens for Balanced Use
1-406-600-4CBU
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