Monday, June 21, 2010

Criminal Invasion Closes Public Lands in AZ

The Recreation HQ wants to lend its voice and support to Congressman Rob Bishop’s effort to reclaim public land that either has been closed to recreational access or has warning signs placed describing the danger posed by illegal drug smugglers and human traffickers.

PHOTO: BLM Warning Sign in AZ
Article on Public Land Closures and Restrictions on Federal Lands

I don’t know about you, but The General believes things are about 180 degrees backwards in this country right now. Instead of acknowledging that dangerous criminals are invading this country through our southern borders, the Forest Service (and by default the BLM) claims that OHV use is one of the major threats to public lands.

See the infamous FS 4 Threats Speech where OHV use is lumped in with wildfires, invasive species, and loss of open space as the 4 major threats to public lands. And yes, this speech was the launching pad for the equally infamous Travel Management Rule that is ironically closing Americans who love trails (i.e. Shasta Trinity NF closing 100 percent of single track trails) out of their own public lands while at the same time doing little to protect our access rights in Arizona and other places on the southern border.

4 Threats Speech

Maybe it is time for the federal land management agencies to push the reset button on TMR and focus their resources to stop criminals from entering this country rather than trying to make criminals out of law abiding citizens who simply want to use and enjoy historic access routes on federal lands.

It’s time to stop the madness.


  1. I swear i'd go out there free of charge and help "take care" of this crap....

  2. Kelly, It's an all hands on deck issue. Our country can't afford this type of illegal activity and gov't programs that seek to make criminals out of law abiding citizens.

  3. More bad news...