creative thinking needed
Posted by DJ Dojo Loach on February 06, 2003 at 01:17:54:
In Reply to: Re: DJ lojo comments posted by maddog_bill on February 05, 2003 at 22:09:38:
Maddog Bill mentions the Americans with Disabilities Act argument I referred to--that the disabled are prevented from accessing the area due to the road closure. I thought that this was a great argument when I first heard it, but when you think about it, it could be used as a reason to reopen or build roads everywhere. The ADA functions under the notion of "reasonable accommodation," so I think the definition of "road" and the budgetary requirements of maintaining or monitoring it would come into play somehow.
If you want to use the ADA for your own means, as the environmental lobby uses the Endangered Species Act, then you've got to learn to play by the legislative rules. It's simply laughable to state that vehicular travel does not impact this, or any, area. "Experts" can be dragged out of the woodwork to promote any point of view, but common sense will always win the war.
I would not shed a bitter tear were the road to reopen, I just think it's a nicer hiking than driving route. I'm not familiar with all the issues, but even if it's purely a BLM decision and you want to lobby them, you'll need have a better reason for re-opening than I've seen so far. If the BLM wants the road closed, then the reasons for that should be researched and addressed. If it's budgetary, and with the State budget what it is today that's my best guess, then you're up the proverbial creek.
Personally, I was much more upset when the road into Greenwater Canyon was closed. Hiking that route is impossible 6 months out of the year, unless you're able to carry 50 lbs. of water on your back. I've done it, but I've yet to find those pictographs.