I was saddened by the article "Judge: Rework off-road rules" (Jan. 8, Page B-1). The subhead of the article was "Feb. 15 hearing will discuss ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) in national forest." Who do the so-called environmental groups and judge think they are kidding? I think we all know in this political climate what that means.
More of the national forest will be outlawed than already is. Off-roading has been banned in so many places that used to be great riding and fun for families. I already follow laws that say I cannot ride my motorcycle five months out of the year because of "Red Sticker Season" rules, which are ridiculous.
Countless numbers of people and I spend a lot of money buying, registering and maintaining the off-road vehicles, dirt bikes and ATVs our families ride. We also spend a lot of money contributing to the struggling local economy to buy proper clothing, food, gas and whatever else along the way.
In my opinion, no group appreciates and respects the environment more than us off-roaders. All I am asking for is a little balance. The national forest is for everyone.