Switchback Poll

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4 Responses to “Switchback Poll”

  1. The LeRay McCallister Critical Lands fund, the states only funding mechanism for open space purchases, has not been funded by the Utah Legislature in over three years and is now basically defunct. Salt Lake County’s OPen Space Trust Fund is similarly no longer funded and has run out of money. Salt Lake County has NO open space master plan, nor do they have any trails master plan, unlike most Western cities and towns. The political support for preserving green space and access to public lands is almost non-existent at the state level. Peter Corroon, responsible for establishing the SL County open space trust fund in 05′ has his hands tied with budget cuts and will be leaving office in 2012. People need to start speaking up, asking candidates and elected officials to support open space protection and VOTE! This is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is a health and quality of life issue. Make noise NOW!!!!

  2. I think if the resorts are naturally connected (like Alta and Snowbird), that is perfectly fine. But creating man-made connections starts to take away from the natural beauty of these resorts.

  3. The park boundaries were originally set in 1964 and revised in 1971. Those were political decisions reflecting public sentiment 40 to 50 years ago. That was before the desert, the canyons, and their wildlife were appreciated as they are now. Now is the time to add the lands that were left out, either as part of the park or as a national monument.

  4. The question of whether or not to make trails safer is a hard one. I volunteered for the BLM two summers ago out at the Wave. I went out twice to hand out water. The first time I went I did not take the map provided by the BLM. Me and my partner wandered around in the desert for hours looking for the wave. We ourselves almost ran out of water and got a point of nervousness in trying to find our way out. We had followed cairns thinking they would leave us to the wave, but they just got us more lost. I can’t verify this, but I have been told that cairns are purposes put out to mislead un-permited visitors to the Wave, which I believe is unethical as hell, but I digress. The second time we went out, we took the map and found the Wave easily.

    When you go out into desolate areas you must go with the requisite humility and preparation, and even with that, you can still get killed. I worked at Zion last winter and when people came in for back country permits we were required to tell them that their safety was completely up to them. People who chose to do the Narrows in 42 degree weather, or hike up Angels Landing in snow and ice, did so at their own risk. The unfortunate part that many of these people do take into consideration is that they put rescuers at risk when they are not adequately prepared for such adventures. While I voted to keep trails wild, I do so knowing that there are inherent risks involved with such things, but ultimately we are responsible for our own decisions to be adventurous. That is part of the beauty of seeking dangerous, yet thrilling locations.

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