Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Big Three + 1
Big Three identifies our three highest priority followup projects; projects that need vocal support from wilderness users like you. So many projects. So many things to get done. Right? Well in order to achieve results we think it is important to stay tightly focused, and ask WR volunteers for assistance only on issues of critical importance. For this reason we limit our Priority One project list to three items, plus one.
What's Plus One? It's a project where we need eyes on the ground; followup to confirm that wilderness managers are implementing the changes promised. That means boots on the ground so, Plus One projects are seeking wilderness travelers who plan to be in the specific wilderness identified.
Wilderness road access on the Nez Perce National Forest
Bowern Lakes, Canada
Drones are one of the new exciting outdoor toys of the new millennium. However, if you have had the experience of their buzzing circling over your backcountry camp or encounter them hovering over a glorious rapid and you will quickly understand that they do not belong in our wilderness areas or on our wilderness rivers.
Drones are showing up with increasing frequency on our Wild Rivers and managers are often unprepared to deal with this new technology. It is time to address this issue before continued lack of actions establishes unalterable precedents.
Contact wilderness and wild river managers in your area and ask if they have a written policy on the use of drones. If possible, send us a copy. If you see drones used within designated wilderness (a prohibited use) or within a wild river corridor (possibly a prohibited use) let us know.
As a user of public lands do you have any right to privacy within your campsite? What are the boundaries? Do State Police have the authority to cite users on federal lands for the violation of federal statues? Can State Police cite users for the violations of state law that occur on federal lands?
Nengla La, Nepal
While hiking the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier in Washington state I was disappointed at the extensive use of chainsaws to remove fallen trees from the trail. In his response to my inquiry Randy King, Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, indicated that the practice of bucking trail swaths fifty feet wide or wider was not in accord with park trail maintenance guidelines.
An uninvited, unannounced visit from two Oregon State Police officers to our riverside campsite raised the question, "can police and/or government employees enter your campsite without permission"? If so, what are the boundaries, can they look into your tent?
Ask your local managers about your rights to privacy while using public lands. Ideally, request copies of appropriate management guidelines, agreements or regulations and send copies to Wilderness Report.