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Edited by: John Stewart

Motorized Outlaws: The Challenge for 2000

By Del Albright

While at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, I had the chance to speak with some zealots from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), as well as some respected Recreational Planners from the BLM. I must say that something they said struck home with me big time. It has to do with the image of motorized recreation.

We have some work to do in the area of image. It seems that the old adage can be true that a few bad apples can spoil the barrel. The folks who don't play by the road rules are causing us (organized recreation) a lot of harm. Allow me to call them motorized outlaws.

The outlaws are sometimes getting off the road where they don't belong. In Utah, there are places where off road/trail travel is significant enough to cause the SUWA folks to rise up in arms. Even BLM folks see too much of it. It is ruining the reputation of us law-abiding riders to have outlaws getting off the road/trail. Unfortunately, our image as a whole is being judged by the actions of a few.

I say that our challenge for the year 2000 is to develop strategies on ways to curtail illegal motorized outlaw activities, thereby improving our image (or at least the perception non motorized folks have of us). Obviously, if we can have the "right" image to bureaucrats and politicians, our goal of continuing to have access will be easier to obtain. Our credibility will go up as will our results.

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Del Albright
E-mail: jeepndel@goldrush.com