Backlogs of maintenance and routes littered with massive numbers of toppled trees have dramatically decreased trails available for exploring the Pasayten Wilderness in Washington.
Some horsemen say equally impenetrable barriers of bureaucracy are keeping the U.S. Forest Service from addressing the need for emergency use of chainsaws.
They say a one- or two-season blitz with restricted tools would help wilderness managers catch up to the ravages of wildfires.
Trails aren’t just becoming inaccessible, the horsemen say. They’re being lost, maybe forever.