Re: sanctity of places
Posted by David Victor Day Sr. on February 12, 2004 at 00:36:59:
In Reply to: Re: sanctity of places posted by Zombie on February 11, 2004 at 22:11:49:
Zom, you got two out of three right. The third one however may be the most destructive of all and that one is the Desert Protection Act and its curator, the National Park Service. Before the DPA, "everyone" knew to stay out of Death Valley, especially the back country and during the summer months. Only those of us with interest and knowledge and experience would dare venture into the Valley of Death. But with National Park status conferred by the DPA, a new message was sent out, not only to Americans, but to the rest of the world as well. And that message was essentially that Death Valley was open to all at any time to "enjoy just as at Yosemite." We know what that means: more tourists who don't know or don't care. It means that dumb people are encourage to come in and do the dumb things they usually do like driving off roads, discarding trash, bragging about their secret places they have found. And it means that in reaction, the Park Service begins its practice of "saving" the park for all by closing roads, building monstrosities to attract even more dummies such as at Badwater, and carefully dumbing down anyone who asks anything.
The real culprit is not the web or individual kooks like Bandito or even groups of kooks - it is the inability of the Desert Protection Act to protect anything and the resulting publicity that dramatically increases visitation. In short, more people equals more problems.