ORVs: The Biggest Danger to RemoteTrout Fisheries?

It could be called a lesson in family dynamics: we focus on our fellow anglers as the likely source of abuse of pristine or secret waters. In reality, the biggest dangers to public angling resources are the folks who care least about them, like those who treat the backwoods as a high-speed dirt track for their off-road vehicles. A coalition of former public land managers and rangers has begun calling attention to the problem, according to this Christian Science Monitor article. As Jim Baca, of Rangers for Responsible Recreation, says, “These things are just crawling all over the place, unregulated, damaging the environment and wreaking havoc — there’s no teeth in any law enforcement.”

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  • In many western states the best fishing is in places without off-road vehicles.

  • Americans need to re-learn how to walk. It’s healthy and ecologically sound.