Re: George is paving our favorite dirt roads!
Posted by SeenThe Bear on March 10, 2003 at 02:28:30:
In Reply to: George is paving our favorite dirt roads! posted by Gene Rubin on March 03, 2003 at 12:30:56:
First off Gene, I am NOT your friend. The RS2477 issue came about because of the blanket land access closures sought by the Sierra Club and other extreme environmental organizations. A RS2477 corridor can be established if the route had traditionally been used for transportation purposes. Of course the States can and should "make claims for dirt roads, historic routes...." These were traditional-use transportation routes in the past and there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be access routes today. I currently live in Alaska (I used to live in Saline in the 60's)and we are just getting going with a legal test case on the RS2477 issue. The 2,741 miles of routes you mentioned in Alaska are mining trails and old dog trails that far predate any of the National Parks that were subsequently established. Without access, the land is effectively locked up which is just what these groups want. The "sky is falling" scenario of paving, for example, the Saline Valley road, is pure hype for which the environmental movement is well-known! So, Gene...You are another sad case who willfully bends the facts to suit your extremist agenda. Hope that this sheds a little light on this important issue.