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  • Wes May 29, 2009, 8:23 am

    I am a catch-and-release fly fisherman, backpacker, mountain biker, and photographer who loves nature and the outdoors. I have worked extensively in the field and have a great respect for nature. I also have a motorcycle and I like to ride it on trails. I’m not into ripping up a hill to see how high I can get, I like riding into the back country and exploring. I recently introduced my son to motorcycles and we have been into the Waiparous several times.
    What I don’t understand, is the lack of foresight on the evolution of the destructive capabilities of quads. Dirt bikes have always had 2 wheels with knobby tires, and under the influence of an aggressive driver, they can tear up the earth. Conversely, I have ridden my mountain bike up trails that horses have trodden through in wet conditions and horses can really mess up trails too, but that’s another blog. The newer quads, with significantly more horsepower, larger footprint and monstrously aggressive tires have so much more capability of destroying the landscape. And they don’t require skill to do this, anyone can tear up some turf. To demonstrate the lack of understanding of this evolutionary destruction faced by quads, look to the Bob Creek Wildland: OHV were banned originally, but subsequently, quads have be allowed back in 2004, presumably based on the historic view that they were “low impact”. Well they are not low impact any more. 20 years ago the Waiparous trails were not as rutted, twinned or chewed up as they are today. Sure there are more users, but the quads – the new quads, are far more threatening than ever.

  • Derek Ryder May 28, 2009, 1:54 pm

    I cannot condone what the pictures document.

    Yet I am also aware that OHVs are not illegal. So long as they are built and sold (which doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon), they will be used somewhere. It seems to me that the choice is to either cordon off an area or two (MacLean Creek & Waiperous, in this case) and sacrifice it (managing the sacrafice as best we can), or suffer the consequences of the same damage everywhere. Nasty choice. I don’t like either, so I’ll hold my nose and take the former.

    Logging’s not a lot different. Google’s sattelite imagry enables us to see the extent of the impact of our need for wood to build houses and businesses and funiture, and to make paper and diapers. If not here, then where? “Somewhere else” is a tough answer, if the only reason it’s somewhere else is because that’s where there’s no one to complain about it. The Kan valley was logged once; now we call portions of it “pristine wilderness”…

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