Montana Outdoors

March 25, 2007

Two Worlds

Filed under: Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Writing — montucky @ 11:01 pm

The Flathead National Forest in Western Montana is now implementing a new forest access plan designating 797,000 acres (1245 square miles) for snowmobile use. (Flathead National Forest is immediately adjacent to Glacier National Park on its West and South sides. It contains 2.3 million acres or 3595 square miles.)

Despite this huge area designated for the use of these machines and the selfish, mindless pleasure-seekers who use them, and despite the fact that there have been widespread violations of the previous rules anyway, court challenges are expected to be initiated by those who don’t think even this is enough.

There are two worlds here on Earth; one which God created and one which was created by man. Fortunately, most men choose to live in the second one, and if it were not for their damned machines, the first would still be close to perfect.

Back in the days before law replaced morality and good judgment, prior to the time when a mutation of human genes omitted the DNA string that provided conscience, subsequently producing a sub-species called “lawyers” who evolved a legal system around themselves that allows a few to control the majority, there was evidence of wide-spread respect and even reverence for the natural world.


  1. We are a snowmobiling family, now for three generations. That said I recognize that some people who ride also disregard rules. I believe that there should be a network of trails — and that the majority of vast areas of unspoiled nature be left alone. I just wish the “rule-breakers” would not give the rest such a bad name.


    Comment by Cedar — March 5, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    • If they are used properly, Cedar, I don’t have anything against snowmobiles. If fact, I have a very old one myself. There are plenty of areas where they can be used without creating damage to the environment or the wildlife, if only people would be satisfied with that. But they don’t. I have seen so much damage here from indiscriminate use, “tree topping”, etc..

      Unfortunately the snowmobile clubs and OHV organizations keep pushing for more, even at the same time as many of their members are participating in illegal use. Just a week ago at a trailhead not far from here I clearly saw ATV tracks go up the hill, through the brush and back down around a gate that closed the area off the motorized use. There just is not enough law enforcement to even begin to control the problem.


      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

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