All of my life, I have supported the multiple use banner for public land. I come from several generations of miners who derived most of their existence from the land and the fruits that could be born out of a hard days work. May I also point out that on the other half of the family tree I come from live stock people who raised cattle and sheep on public ground. Freedom and a prejudice for eastern liberal values have always been discussed around our supper table. Our brand of living was live and let live until someone stepped over the line and hurt the people you loved or threatened to take your water. Then, and only then, did you get the guns off the fireplace mantle and move to correct the problem (figuratively speaking.) People I grew up with got a strap across the backside from dear old dad when they stepped out of line. Ethics and values were taught at a young age and lines in the sand were very few because people operated out of common sense, trust and respect.
Today I can see that demographics and values have changed in America. The free love Woodstock children of the sixties and seventies infiltrated public school systems disguised as educated elitists and spent the last thirty year changing the values of America. Not all of this was or is wrong. However the family system that I grew up in has changed and been warped into a system of every person for their selves. You might call it the law of the jungle, but even that is not correct. According to “Focus on the Family,” in 2006, forty percent of the children born will be born to a single parent and this statistic has been on the rise for the past thirty years. Kids now raise kids with little or no ethical, religious or moral values.
Kroger park in South Africa has for the past twenty years been releasing orphaned elephants back into the park to replenish its depleted herd. The result of this practice has all but eliminated the rhinoceros from the park. Young adult gangs of male elephants have been killing the rhinoceros at alarming rates and causing shear havoc in the surrounding area . A ten year study showed that the orphaned elephants lacked the learned social skills needed to cooperate in a healthy native group. The orphaned elephants have evolved into gangs of thugs without any regard for learned or acting with proper elephant social behavior. Now, South Africa is importing mature bull elephants form other native herds around Africa to try and instill control over the groups of young adult gangs of male elephants.
You might ask why I have gone into this diatribe, and what this has to do with public lands and multiple use?
As I have traveled this great land for many years I have come to an alarming conclusion that bears are the least of my problems when I leave my truck at the end of the road. From the time I leave until the time I return, this last few years, I am discussed at the shear disrespect that has been shown by mankind to the land and his fellow man. I have followed ATV tracks into my favorite hunting spot only to find a camp with heaps of beer cans and trash left behind or on one occasion finding what looked like a meth lab and dumped chemicals. Upon returning back to the road and finding that my truck had been vandalized. I have flown into a remote cabin to find it riddled with bullet holes. Have arrived at Forest Service cabins to find the floors burned out and the front porches torn up for fire wood. This does not bode well for the “so called” sportsmen who inevitably will be blamed.
In a thread started on ATV's the general feeling is that ATV’s and ORV’s have no effect on our landscape or our wildlife. Is this not a very ignorant and narrow minded perspective? And to accuse a fellow poster of fuzzy math while trying to make your point, does not change the truth or the fact that the animals and the land have been impacted by off road activities legal or otherwise!.....
To go about your outdoor recreational activities with the attitude that this is a free country and the hell with the rest of you, is what I see wrong with America.
Remember, we are only free until we cross the line and infringe on someone else’s rights!
You have the right to keep your junk yard at home, but most likely you haven’t got a permit to start one on public hunting grounds or establish a new interstate with you’re new quad runner.
I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago while I was hunting white tails in Alberta. Every place you go to hunt now-days has a sign saying: “No Trespassing,” or “Keep Out.” I was delighted to see signs on private property that said: “Use Respect.”
Using Respect would go along ways towards fixing most, if not all, of Americas problems. For those few of us that do not know the meaning of the word respect? It is time that you go back to school.... It may be time for a few of us old “moral minority” fart’s to go back to school and volunteer some time and try and instill some real values in our public education system? We might start with the teachers......