Several of those who testified said even if access is restricted, it doesn’t mean they’ll stop from using the forests.
“There’s more of us than there are of them, and we won’t comply,” one man commented. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
Another person voiced the opinion that the Forest Service doesn’t have the authority to restrict access.
“We don’t have to listen to them,” he said.
I wonder if these folks would be talking the same way (about trespassing) if this land had been privatized by their compatriots during the sage brush rebellion.
(Why is it that environmentalists who try to enforce the law are called “extremists,” and people who threaten to break the law are called “patriots?”)