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West needs to band together against environmental groups

To the Editor:

I believe there are very powerful and very rich “environmental” organizations in this country that have an ultimate goal of banning the public entirely from our western public lands.

Drivers of off-road vehicles who think it is fun to tear up our land are doing exactly what these organizations want proving to the world at large that the people of the West care nothing about their public land and should not be allowed on it.

Unfortunately, people like [Leroy] Lawton who want more public lands designated “wilderness” are also playing into the hands of these political groups. The wilderness designation is equivalent to “no people allowed except on horseback” since walking these areas is impractical. And the environmental groups are pushing through more and more laws regarding wilderness: no shooting, no camping, no woodcutting, no rockhounding, etc. Once the well-meaning people who want more wilderness have served their purpose, the environmental groups will get a ban on horses, and their goal will be accomplished.

I believe the only real answer to the public lands issues is for the Western public to band together and quit letting the big environmental and business groups play us for suckers.

Jack R. Wilson,


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