RESPONSIBLE RECREATION ADVOCACY
National Forest lands are managed by the principle of “multiple use.” This philosophy mandates that national forests must be “administered for outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes.” We acknowledge the need and right of locals and visitors alike to recreate on public lands. This includes quiet recreation activities like hiking, skiing, and horseback riding, as well as motorized recreation like snowmobiling and ATVing, as well as some activities in between, like hunting and mountain biking. While we steadfastly believe that legally designated “wilderness areas” should remain accessible only for quiet recreation activities, we agree that certain areas of public lands should accommodate multiple user groups.
Wilderness Workshop looks at most proposals for recreational use on a case by case basis. Where, when, and how frequently the activity occurs are all considerations we take into account. We have an excellent track record of working with different user groups and reaching a consensus. We weigh in on community discussions and help shape important decisions about our landscape, such as the Hunter-Smugger Cooperative Plan, Overnight Permits at Conundrum Hot Springs, and the proposed Crystal Valley Trail.
“There must be limits, somewhere, to the human footprint on this earth.
When the whole of the world is reduced to nothing but human product, we will have lost the map that can show us how we got here, and can offer our spirits an answer when we ask why. Surely we are capable of declaring sacred some quarters that we dare not enter or possess.”