MUIRNet-News Environmental Policy
MUIRNet-News supports environmentally responsible off-highway and trail related recreational activities.
MUIRNet-News advocates for a group of people who seek to experience the beauty and majesty of the backcountry and enjoy the clean air, clean water, and clean earth. Continuing to be able to do this requires preservation through stewardship, caregiving and a realistic understanding of the environment.
RESPONSIBLE BACKCOUNTRY RECREATION AND OFF-ROADING
MUIRNet-News fully supports responsible off-highway trail use with minimal impact and encourages all off-roaders and trail users to learn what responsible use is.
MUIRNet-News encourages all off-roaders and trail users to support responsible environmental and conservation efforts in their local area and while on the trail. We also encourage all off-roaders and trail users to report irresponsible or illegal activities to the authorities. Working together will protect our backcountry from those who choose to abuse it, and those who would use their own bias and misperceptions of our activities to prevent anybody from being able to reasonably enjoy these magnificent areas.
MUIRNet-News believes that responsible off-highway recreation and trail use does not cause significantly more irreparable harm to non-sensitive areas than any other human activity does. As such, we believe that there should be provisions allowing for both continued and expanded reasonable access to non-sensitive areas by people enjoying both non-motorized and motorized off-road activities.
We believe that select sensitive wilderness areas should be preserved in their natural and pristine state and those areas should be allowed to exist without any human interference (motorized or otherwise). We also believe that by keeping as many well-defined trail areas open as possible and providing for the needs of off-highway and outdoor recreation that illegal and possibly destructive access will be reduced.
MUIRNet-News deplores the "us vs. them" mentality that may cause groups who prefer different modes of outdoor recreation to discriminate or campaign against the rights of others to also access and enjoy the back country.
PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS
For most people with physical limitations, the disabled and the elderly and for many families with young children, assisted trail use or motorized off-highway recreation provides the only way that they can access and enjoy the more remote areas in the backcountry. The MUIRNet-News believes that all people have the right to enjoy access to public lands, and to enjoy that access without regard for their ability to hike up mountains or traverse deserts and other rugged terrain by foot.
MUIRNet-News fully supports and encourages responsible environmental and conservation education. MUIRNet-News believes that all backcountry recreationalists, whether accessing the trail through mechanized vehicles, using animal power or on foot, need to be educated on the proper care of the environment and on all important environmental issues in the areas that they are using. MUIRNet-News advocates the development of education and training programs for all trail users for these issues.
POLLUTION, RESEARCH AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
MUIRNet-News supports the development of cleaner burning engines and alternative technologies for power sources that will minimize air quality impacts.
We support the development of all technologies that provide for operation of mechanized vehicles with less environmental impact.
MUIRNet-News supports the use actual of tail-pipe emission based vehicle emission regulation as opposed to bureaucratic based red tape regulations that make little sense.
We advocate that the government's environmental policies and regulations be based on sound scientific research and not on poor research, unsubstantiated claims, personal opinion, bias, or personal belief.
OTHER LAND USE ISSUES
Many land use, public access, or off highway recreation organizations have aligned themselves with industrial land use advocates, such as resource extraction or livestock grazing, to fight land closures because of monetary issues. MUIRNet-News does not take a position, for or against, support of these other land use issues. We encourage that these activities be done in an environmentally safe and responsible manner and we deplore any unnecessary damage to the environment. We are an outdoor recreation organization and these are not outdoor recreation issues.
VANDALISM and ECO-TERRORISM
MUIRNet-News deplores the actions any person or organization which espouses eco-terrorism, vandalism and/or any activity which could cause people who are engaged in legal and responsible activities serious injury or even death. We encourage any person with knowledge of such terroristic activities to report them to the authorities.
We encourage anybody who wishes to support any sort of environmental organization to do very careful research and make sure that the activities that the organization in question supports are both legal and are compatible with your personal views. Look deeply into the dogma and leadership of any organization, examine their goals and aims carefully. Don't be guilty of sending in a check that ultimately could contribute to someoneâs death or injury just because the person that asks for it tells you they want to save the environment. Make sure that the organization in question does not advocate unreasonable restrictions on your ability to enjoy the outdoors.
The final word is that we need to take care of the great outdoors so we can all enjoy it. Use it; but, do not abuse it.