Re: Increasing Restrictions on Public Land
In the mountain west, anyway, the public outdoors is simply a whole different planet now from the one I moved to in the late '70's. It's just how it is.
The amount of Nat'l Park, Nat'l Forest, BLM, and State Park real estate is finite, even sometimes diminishing. People keep coming, keep reproducing, and keep recreating, and the recreation industry aggressively markets ever more sophisticated (and more deluxe-sized) access machines, from ATVs and motorboats to mobile-home-sized "campers" that shoe-horn into campgrounds laid out for car-borne tent camping.
Forget about Yellowstone or Yosemite, try "getting away" to Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park on a weekend.
Still, I don't know of anyplace where I can hike or camp, that I can't also paint.
I get that, particularly in popular high-use areas near population centers, public-land custodians are ever more sensitive to commercial use. So within an hour or two of cities and big towns, you need a permit to conduct a workshop, and I can no longer car camp without being surrounded, or even squeezed out, by Big-Footprint Winnebagoes.
If you encounter enough ranger presence to make it an issue, then you can bet that land is used enough to warrant it.
If you get far enough beyond the crowds, you're not likely to encounter enough ranger presence to make it an issue.
[this is more rant than it sounded while it was still in my head, but I'll let it ride]
Hemmed & Hawn
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