Letter to the editor- Some things are unacceptable
To the editor:
The California Wilderness Coalition and The Friends Of Hope Valley did not succeed in having the Red Lakes Forestdale Road area closed to snowmobiles. Some background: The Friends of Hope Valley, pushed by the owners of Sorensen’s Resort, have once again tried to force the Forest Service to close more public land to snowmobiles; this time the land they want to close was controlled by Alpine County. Of late, there has been an uprising in the snowmobile community to try and save public land for the public use, not just for the use of a few. People have snowmobiled in Alpine County for at least 40 years — much longer than cross country skiers have been able to access the same areas. Now that the clear roads make it possible to get places easier, this small group, mainly from the San Francisco Bay Area, wants to dictate to us how to enjoy our land.
Cross country skiers can park their cars and ski anywhere they want. If they choose to use an area that is available to snowmobiles and then complain that there is noise and it ruins their experience, they should not be able to use this as an excuse to claim conflict. Their rationale seems to be that if they can claim there is a conflict, this forces the Forest Service to exclude snowmobiles. The snowmobile riders contend there is no conflict. The Forest Service, in an effort to avoid going to court, proposed a seasonal closure for Forestdale Road. This solution was unacceptable to both parties.
G. Duffy Loeffler
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