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We can appreciate the earnestness and force of Sierra Club's position, and if we could write on a clean slate, would prefer a view which would disallow the virtual sacrifice of a priceless natural area in order to accommodate a special recreational activity. But we are not free to ignore the mandate which Congress wrote into the Act [Federal Land Policy and Management Act]. Sierra Club's interpretation of the regulation would inevitably result in the total prohibition of ORV use because it is doubtful that any discrete area could withstand unrestricted ORV use without considerable effects. However, appealing might be such a resolution of the environmental dilemma, Congress has found that ORV use, damaging as it may be, is to be provided "where appropriate."
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, decision on a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club for closure of the Dove Spring Canyon ORV open area, managed by the BLM, 1985

Who besides environmental weirdos, care about a stinking cactus? How does that benefit the public to save a plant with spines?...Kill the cactus, let people enjoy the open space!
- Off-roader quoted by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance comment page

All this talk about lizards and beetles. The world was made for people, not creepy-crawly things.
- Barbara Ransehousen, off-road enthusiast

...[G]et out of those motorized wheelchairs, get off your foam rubber backsides, stand up straight like men! like women! like human beings! and walk - walk - WALK upon our sweet and blessed land!
- Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire, p. 233

"If you walk, you make noise." If the Park Service truly wants quiet, "they need to put a lock on the front door and not let anyone in, including themselves."
- Christine Jourdain, American Council of Snowmobile Associations

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.
- Aldo Leopold

[Expansion of ski resorts is necessary], because it helps mitigate some of the long lines. Nobody wants to wait in line for a ski lift.
- Stacy Gardner, Communications Director, National Ski Areas Association


The American West at Risk: Science, Myths and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

The American West At Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier.

It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources.

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Dr. Howard G. Wilshire, Geologist; Dr. Jane E. Nielson, Geologist; Richard W. Hazlett, Geologist

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