Dear Mr. Jed Botsford,
With regard to the draft RAMP for future management of the Alpine Triangle
of territory now under the auspices of the Bureau of Land Management, we
"Hardrockers" have been informed by our race director Dale Garland that you
and your agency are welcoming our comments, especially as they pertain to
the continuance of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run that annually
starts and finishes during July in Silverton, Colorado.
I hope this message doesn't arrive too late for consideration.
My only comment with regard to any governmental "restrictions" whatsoever on
recreational use of land bequeathed to us (perhaps reluctantly) by our
Native American ancestors is, and has always been: "Let's use it."
Recreational use, it seems to me, is and has always been totally in line
with the vision of Teddy Roosevelt and our political forerunners that
established our National Parks in the first place. And as long as the
Hardrock Hundred continues as recreational use--and does no overt damage to
the land--it ought not only to be permitted by the BLM, but also encouraged
Our "little" event amounts to nothing more than footsteps by humans covering
the same tundra that's been hoof-trafficked by animals since life itself
Not long ago, while yet other local political controversies were raging as
to just how much supposed "damage" we were doing by running and hiking the
Alpine landscape, our little group of trail-markers was stopped rather
abruptly in our tracks while a herd of hundreds--if not thousands--of elk
thundered across our path a few dozen yards in front of us.
It was amazing!
And I remarked to my companions at the time: "Look at that. That traffic
has thundered over this tundra for a hundred thousand years. And did you
notice how all the elk were very careful not to trample any of the
governmentally-protected rare species of plant life that our politicians
don't want us to endanger?"
Which is entirely the point. Our little group of once-a-year trail markers,
hikers, runners, and walkers cannot possibly trample the amount of rare
Alpine flora that ten thousand elk routinely destroy every day.
And yet, somehow, nature survives the onslaught. Doesn't it?
I respectfully submit that the Hardrock Hundred not only does less damage
than Mother Nature herself, but I can also testify that our little group
routinely picks up all the damage (litter) left behind by all the other
much-less-considerate examples of human UNkind.
Every time I myself got back to Silverton, my knapsack was stuffed full of
somebody else's trash.
C. C. WRITERS
PO Box 963
PS: Not only does the Hardrock Hundred pick up the trash left on your land
by contemporary careless recreational users, but I can also testify that
many of us have in addition picked up much of the ancient rusted junk left
behind by similarly careless mining companies of the 19th and early 20th
centuries. Just so you know.
Thank you for reading and considering my comments.
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