Designate wildlands but recognize public use

Print Article

I was the transportation planner on the North Zone Planning Team for the newly formed Idaho Panhandle National Forest in1973. A discussion was being held on the topic of wilderness areas and what we, as a planning team, should consider in developing management strategies for the forest. At some point, the planning team leader asked the question as to how we as individual members of the team would define wilderness. One person thought wilderness was a place where the natural wildland environment would be protected for perpetuity. Another though that wilderness was a necessity to provide a refuge for solitude seekers. Another said it was an area untrammeled by man where nature managed the resources. Finally, a young woman on the team from Portland, Oregon’s inner city was asked for her definition of wilderness and she responded, “Wilderness for me is downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, on a Saturday night.”

The rest of the team chuckled but I have often thought of that moment and how forest managers ignore the fact that a large part of the population of the United States would probably define wilderness in a similar manner.

We need wild area for many reasons but the management restrictions placed on designated wilderness areas severely limit who gets to use these public lands and how they area able to be protected. Designate areas within the national forest to be managed as wildlands but also recognize that those lands are there for the use of the public at large and not just those who truly believe that their wants and desires are superior to all other users.

RICHARD F. CREED

Sagle

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Sculpture cost seems big waste of money

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Really,Sandpoint? Ninety thousand for a Seattle “artist” and $20,000 (for landscaping where money shall not be revealed) for a roundabout? I have no doubt, there is always a city who puts down their...

Comments

Read More

Agencies managing fisheries by killing game fish

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee I read with interest and dismay two unrelated but similar items in the “Hunting and Fishing” feature in the Thursday, May 31, Spokesman-Review. The first dealt with the Idaho Fish and Game effort to ...

Comments

Read More

Non-medical exemptions putting our kids at risk

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee More Bonner County kids are unvaccinated than nearly anywhere else in the country mostly because Idaho allows non-medical exemptions due to personal beliefs. This puts children at risk for epidemics ...

Comments

Read More

Article was wonderful tribute to family, business

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee thanks Article was wonderful tribute to family, store At Ace Hardware in Priest River, we would like to thank all the customers who came in and celebrated Roger and Annie Gregory’s 50th anniver...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X