Survival, not recreation |

Survival, not recreation

I read with interest recently several letters complaining that including certain areas in Nevada County in Senator Barbara Boxer’s Califonia Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2002, Senate Bill 2535, would deprive some groups from recreating in these areas.

I think the writers of these letters have missed the point of “wilderness.” Isn’t this designation supposed to reduce the human impacts on these areas? The population pressures in California have resulted in the loss of 675,000 acres of potential wilderness since 1979. The web of life is unravelling in our state and the primary reason for the decline of plants and wildlife is the loss of habitat.

Wilderness designation still allows hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting and birding – while ensuring that these special places will be preserved to allow the living organisms of these areas to survive, and remain as a legacy for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

Carolyn Hinshaw

Grass Valley

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