Turns out snowmobiling isn’t the only contested activity in National Parks/Forests/Monuments. A recent lawsuit against the the U.S. Bureau of Land Management challenges the managemnet of the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs national monuments. Specifically the permission of off road vehicle use in the monument is causing a lot of damage to the landscape and artifacts. The BLM counters that it has taken all environmental concerns into consideration and that it is within their sole discretion to interpret the presidential proclamation. The case is still in the pretrial stages of the District court so it will be interesting to see how it develops later on. The article mentions that a beneficial effect of the case is a possible active dialogue on how to best manage the national monuments.
ATV Management in Arizona October 23, 2011