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Don’t make public lands unusable

Heather Donesky

How could any right-thinking person oppose the designation of 35,000 acres of public land in Nevada County as wilderness? Let’s start with all those excluded from using public land designated as wilderness: four-wheeling enthusiasts, dirt bikers, ATVers,(assuming there were any designated off-road trails here), snowmobilers, bicyclists, wheelchair users, anything on wheels, anything with a motor, and more restrictions on horseback users.

So who does that leave? Hikers only, and even they would be further restricted by a user-permit system. Why do we keep allowing extremists to restrict our access to public lands? If chainsaws are no longer allowed because of wilderness designation, trail maintenance becomes much harder, and less volunteers want to step up and help, because they can’t use the trails anyway.

Finally, anything that makes it more difficult for NID to provide clean water and hydroelectric power is counter-productive, and harmful to the citizens of this county and others. Get involved now, before you are left staring at your pristine, unusable public lands from outside of them!

Heather Donesky

Nevada City


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