Re: Snowmobiling and Leave No Trace
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 14:24:01 -0600
Well, I guess we are now going to proceed to attack snowmobiling. Maybe
we could leave no trace everywhere if we all stay home! Then the
wilderness can stay a wilderness. If we object to noise polution, then we
should ban hunting. That creates louder noises than most other "noise
polution". What about motorboats? Can we ban chain saws? Nothing is
worse than a chain saw going full blast at 5 a.m. in a camp when I am
trying to sleep. What about bicycles making ruts in the ground on bike
The snowmobile industry has made a huge effort to create trail systems so
people can ride and visit the wilds. It is an outstanding experience!
For the most part, people respect the system and follow the trails.
Routing is usually around areas of concern.
I believe the original question was only if snowmobiling was permitted
under Scouting guidelines. I hope we are not going to create a war on
SM, Troop 7
On Wed, 4 Feb 1998, The Hammons family wrote:
> If you will refer to the Leave No Trace Website, So will see that
> Snowmobiling as a Recreational Activity is NOT a recommended Activity.
> Basically it is disruptive of the
> Wilderness and the environment in general (Ever hear the term "Noise
> Polution". This is not to say there are not legitimate uses for
> Snowmobiles but only " Recreational Snowmobiling"
> Phil Hammons
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City