Public Land Access Platform
1. Access to Public Lands for Multiple-use
We support the concept of responsible multiple-use access to public lands. Multiple-use includes resource development and outdoor recreation (motorized, mechanized and non-motorized). In general, we believe that public lands should be available to benefit all citizens.
We support efforts to identify reasonable limitations based on seasonal or emergency issues. Such limitations need to reflect a clear and present adverse impact to the environment or the public rather than an assumed danger to the environment.
2. Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas
We believe that Wilderness Area designation should be based on rational evaluation using the criteria of the Wilderness Act of 1964; should be economically justified; and should be supported locally.
We do not support Wilderness Area designations that include areas with discernible works of man; including historic travel routes, structures or disturbances of earth.
We support Wilderness Study Area (WSA) reform. New WSAs should be confirmed or released within five years of listing. All existing WSAs listed more than five years ago need to revert to multiple-use. WSAs listed within the last five years need to be confirmed or released within two years.
We believe that preservation concepts which advocate a return of the environment to an undefined pre-historic or historic condition to be unattainable and economically impractical.
3. Endangered Species Act
We support reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
We believe that ESA decisions should be based on sound science requiring strict scientific standards and impartial scientific peer review.
We believe that habitat designation for species does not need to be a human activity exclusion zone.
We support adding specific safeguards to ensure that the ESA cannot be used to prevent the appropriate use of public land.
4. Forest Health
We support sound forest management practices that promote forest health and believe it is wiser to reduce fuel buildup, enhance habitat and provide healthy forests for the future through active management than it is to lose the forests to disease, insects, and fire through inaction.
The Public Land Access Platform was developed by Del Albright (BlueRibbon Coalition Ambassador), Jon Crowley (Friends of Sand Mountain), and John Stewart (Natural Resource Consultant, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs).