I think it's a problem with the forest service itself. Or rather, those in control who make policy.
On the way home from work yesterday I was listening to one of the talking heads on the radio....the topic was jobs and it soon turned to energy, and then to the policy to not allow drilling on public land.
One of the things this guy mentioned was exactly what I've thought for some time now. He said the environmentalist want to eliminate most public use of public land and limit access to only walking.
We've seen the elimination of many, many ATV trails. Horse trails are also being limited although I have seen some expansion of horse trails by the forest service in the Cherokee National Forest.
Have you ever seen what a tornado does to a forest? Or, a forest fire? These forces do far more environmental damage than an ATV could do in a thousand years. Because the forces are nature they seem to be okay but let a horse leave a hoof print and the forest is forever damaged...
It's the political winds, constantly blowing, that sets public use policy.
We have to have the right people in place that set public land use policy. Ask yourself if the land is being used the way you want to use it.
One person, one vote. Use it wisely.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.