Our View

Apr 272005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Cruising around national parks on all-terrain vehicles can be a great way to take in the sights and admire breath-taking mountains, bottom-less canyons and other wonders of the natural world. But if all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to roam free over these areas, they might not be so beautiful anymore.

With the idea of helping prevent the continued destruction of natural lands, the Bureau of Land Management recently implemented an emergency ban on off-road vehicles on 1,800 acres of sand dunes and wilderness in southeastern Utah. It is only a two-year ban and was put in place to help preserve the landscape, vegetation, soil and archeology. The stress that the natural areas must endure due to the increasing numbers and popularity of ATV vehicles in parks is growing, and action had to be taken to help ensure those natural areas were preserved for the future.

However, the ban does not shut out ATVs and those who enjoy driving around the natural areas completely. The ban only goes over 1,800 acres, leaving thousands of other acres available for off-road vehicles. That doesn't even include all of the ATV trails that carve in and out of Zion and San Dune National Parks. These trails are designed for ATVs and insure protection for the environmental habitat. Not to mention, they also keep other areas free of rumbling motors, so that non-ATVers can enjoy the sounds of nature.

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