Citizens for Balanced Use
Amidst continued news coverage of the debate on public lands, Montana's lone Democrat in Congress, Senator Jon Tester, has announced a bill to create two new Recreation Management Areas totaling almost 6,000 acres.
Within the two new Otatsy and Spread Mountain Recreation Management Areas, timber harvest, permanent roads, and mining are prohibited, and motorized access is limited. The areas which remain open for snowmobiling are not areas of desired snowmobile use because of their low altitude and limited snowfall.
Motorized recreationalists have watched hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of miles of roads be removed from public access through restrictions which seek to preserve and protect our public lands, but for whom?The National Wilderness Preservation System consists of 756 wilderness areas on 109,492,591 acres in 44 states. When combined with the many other land use allocations and designations that remove federal lands from multiple uses, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness Study Areas, National Monuments and Roadless Areas, less than half of federal land is open to multiple-use activities. In Montana alone, 9,784 miles or about 31 percent of the 32,000 miles of federally managed roads are closed to motorized… Read More