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Public land my butt

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by takern, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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    takern

    takern [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This has kind of got on my nerves a lot but today it finally pissed me off good. Here in SW VA where I go to school there is a ton of national forest around that is "Public Land" well this is all great and I spend many many hours there hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. However it seems like the forest service has 75% of it closed off for more time than it is open. Today my roommate and I loaded up the basshound into the back of the truck and drove 35 minutes to a boat landing only to show up and find the gates closed. Neither of us could find a reason for it being closed. The water was not exceptionally high or low. There is no flood threat. No real fire threat.

    It just seems to me that this land that is designated as "Public Land" should be open all the time and be a use at your own risk deal instead of closing off most of the portions for up to 9 months of the year so nobody can use it. There are many great hunting places I know but when season is in I can't get to them unless I walk 25 miles.

    Anyone else feel like this?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    State gov't is lacking funds. The economy is in bad shape. Lots of cutbacks. Many rest areas are closed as well. An inconvenience to all including truck drivers & tourists/travelers.
     
  3. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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    I am not going to claim to be an economic expert, but in what conceivable way will shutting down a boat ramp save the state money? especially since it is a fee area that you are required to pay to use. Seems to me that they would want the pay to use area open.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    Now you know how some of us feel about our public lands and trails being closed down for no reasonable reason other than environmental surveys. There is a reason they are closed you just have to find out why and get involved.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    slowly but surely there doing that here in jersey..lots of "state land" is now becomming houses/buisnesses.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2011 at 7:32 PM
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    Maybe the fees are not enough to cover operating costs (oversight & management). Could be layoffs as well :notsure:
     
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