Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monument will limit access to public lands

    Regarding the young lady’s first visit to Fourth of July Lake in the White Clouds: After enjoying the drive in on the maintained road and enjoying the maintained and signed parking lot and enjoying the maintained trail to the lake (all provided by 40 years of SNRA management), what was so broken about the experience that you would want to change it? A monument designation will certainly change/deny access for many users of the area. To what degree no one really knows.
    Families and friends who have been enjoying multiple-use access to that part of Idaho for decades will be denied their historic and in some cases their only form of access. My close friend who lost a leg recently, but can still ride a trail bike, will no longer be able to access and enjoy the White Clouds like he has for decades. Public lands are to be enjoyed through responsible access, not special-interest “protection.”
Ken Markling

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