Originally Posted by gunslinger
My point is, if we ban everything that leaves tracks the public land won't be used and will become worthless to all but a few.
But if you take your logic to the opposite extreme, anyone should be able to run in their logging rigs and cut down as many trees as they want (or strip mine, overgraze, whatever). Otherwise it's worthless to all but the few people who like trees
Or maybe we could look at what actually does harm the land. Around here ATVs indisputably do. Could be different where you live.
We could also look at whether various groups are willing to make efforts to share the land. I'd argue that ATV riders, on the whole, simply aren't willing to make efforts to share with others. There is, for instance, no reason in the world why their engines can't be fitted with decent mufflers & emission controls, or why they can't ride in a courteous fashion. Yet I can't even count the times when ATV & dirt bike riders have come up on me at high speed, unmuffled engines roaring & belching clouds of blue smoke. Then they'll deliberately skid around in circles, tearing up the track and throwing dirt everywhere...
If you keep that up long enough, the land does become worthless to all but a few - the ATV riders.