Merry Packers of Yesteryear

A good friend who worked in the Forest Service before the 1964 Wilderness Act asked me if I had heard of a Merry Packer. I had not heard of them. He then described this motorized contraption that ferried equipment up trails in remote areas. The full picture is here. My friend Tom commented about their …

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Government should return forest lands to Hispanics: Op-ed

Here’s the link to an op-ed in the ABQ Journal. Here is an excerpt: The recent decision by the U.S. Forest Service to ban motorized vehicles on 100,000 acres in the Carson National Forest (mostly in Taos County) is going to hurt tens of thousands of Hispanic families in northern New Mexico who rely on …

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Thank You, Aspen Times! More on Burnt Mountain

A while back on this blog here, I wondered about Ark Initiative’s ongoing interest in Burnt Mountain (800 trees 6.5 acres, and mass extinctions). Fortunately, a reporter for the Aspen Times had the time and the skills to investigate more. Here’s a link and below is an excerpt. “What exactly is the Ark Initiative, and …

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“Standardizing” Recreation Residence Fees- House Bill

So my understanding is that it’s hard to figure how much market value really is for some of these properties; however, I wonder about the rationale for reducing fees because owners “can’t afford” them. I’m sure National Park access fees are high for some people, .. how about means testing them? If the problem is …

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Is there a Retaining Public Access for Public Land NGO?

I was asked if I knew of an NGO or coalition that focuses on maintaining public access to federal lands or FS land (without getting into the OHV, hiker, bike issues). For example, funding or encouraging legal work to open roads that private landowners close to the public, to deal with trespass violations, and to …

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