Progress has its drawbacks. As our
standard of living escalates, so do our
demands on the land. The ability of our
public lands to meet the increasing demands
depends largely on the consideration and care
with which we treat it. If the land is cared
for properly, it can provide the maximum in
food, shelter, energy and recreation. Unwise
use ultimately means closure, but more
importantly, it reduces the lands ability to
provide the things we require in order to
There are many competing uses for the
land: timber, agriculture, cattle grazing,
mining, water, wildlife and recreation.
Respect and cooperation will insure that
these competing uses can co-exist.
Citizens that use the land, for whatever
purpose, have an obligation to fulfill.
Respect the rights of others, protect the
resources, and preserve the historical,
cultural and archeological sites that are the
past records of mans' progress.
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The recreation vehicle is not the culprit when
it comes to environmental damage. It is only when
you combine a recreation vehicle with a person to
operate that vehicle that the potential for
environmental damage is multiplied a thousand fold.
The environment is everyone's concern. You as
an operator of a recreation vehicle should be the
most concerned of all. By your actions you will
determine the future of recreation vehicles use on
Take your time and enjoy the magnificent natural
areas of our public lands. Rediscover the many
sights and sounds of nature.
Remember, you are the VISITOR; let your passing
go as unnoticed as the wind and the clouds so that
others who follow will be unaware of your passing.
Noise, dust and visual impacts are often cited as
the most objectionable characteristics of
recreation vehicle use. These impacts may or may
not have a detrimental effect on wildlife, plant
life, water and air quality, and other resources.
Until such time as scientific studies are conducted
to evaluate the impacts, we urge you to do your
part to keep these impacts to a minimum.
THE RECREATION VEHICLE
The popularity of the recreation vehicle has
increased to staggering proportions in the past
decade. Motorcycles, dune buggies, four-wheel drive
vehicles, pickups, campers, and standard passenger
cars are determined as recreation vehicles when
they are operated on other than designated or
existing roads or trails. Indiscriminate use of
recreation vehicles has resulted in restrictions
and/or closures. One inconsiderate recreation
vehicle operator can cause thousands of acres to be
closed to the enjoyment and benefit of all
recreation vehicle users.
If you are in doubt as to the status or
condition of a road or trail, consult your local
Forest Ranger or Bureau of Land Management Office.
They will do their utmost to make your visit to
public lands enjoyable and safe.