Montana Outdoors

April 15, 2007


Filed under: Cherry Peak roadless area, Conservation, Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — montucky @ 10:33 pm

Penrose Peak, Cherry Peak, Eddy Mountain ( and lookout) in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, Lolo National Forest, western Montana.

Eddy Mountain

These peaks lie in a 35 square mile area that for 20 years has been designated as “non-motorized use”. It’s the last bastion of wild country in this whole section of the Coeur d’Alenes.

In the upcoming plan for Lolo National Forest, this whole area will be opened to snowmobile use and logging will be permitted in the drainage of two of the ten creeks whose headwaters are within the area .

I am compelled to ask: “Why in the world would we want to do that?


  1. I have never understood the need for people to take Jeeps, snowmobiles and ATVs off the road into pristine places.

    Unfortunately, the ads for many vehicles promote this on TV, as we see everything from bikes to motorcycles to ATVs to cars racing through wilderness areas without regard to plants, streams, rocks or other landforms. This is a very destructive thing people are wanting to do.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 16, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  2. I hate those ads too. Lately at the end of several of them around here they have made a statement “fight to defend your right to ride” and that one in particular makes my blood boil! People think they have “right” to destroy the wild country and wildlife just to enjoy riding on a machine.



    Comment by montucky — April 16, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  3. What right to ride?

    Gee, what a bunch of BS from Madison Avenue.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 17, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

  4. The only good news is that by virtue of the fact that they think they have to defend themselves they must be getting scrutiny and pressure from somewhere. Probably FW&P.



    Comment by montucky — April 17, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

  5. I keep making an attempt to reply to this post but to do so I would have to steal from “To Have or To Be” from Erich Fromm. What he says is we think like people who must own. He quotes a Tennyson’s verse to illustrate his point.

    Flower in a crannied wall,
    I pluck you out of the crannies,
    I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
    Little flower—but if I could understand
    What you are, root and all, and all in all,
    I should know what God and man is.

    Fromm’s confusion was in why was it necessary to pluck the flower? And I agree. In my opinion the answer to why is just that – it’s about ownership or should I say about the illusion of ownership. Because the author of the poem may have learned more about the flower, (and perhaps God and man) by simply watching it grow. Does the death or the carcass of a flower really teach us so much? And if this spirit of owning comes out about a flower then a mountain range is that much more of a challenge. Anyway it’s a way to think of it. I apologize that my comment provides no real answer to your question only to agree with you and say that we do indeed have our priorities muddled. I really hope this makes sense (and that I didn’t destroy Fromm’s intent.)


    Comment by aullori — April 19, 2007 @ 10:31 am

  6. It is indeed an issue of priorities and perspective. I very much appreciate your including that verse.

    Personally, I think it is man’s arrogance that leads to the idea of “ownership” of the natural world. Every time I walk out my door nature reminds me of my relationship to this world. In front of the house are two tall pines that began their life here around the end of the Civil war and now are just middle aged. They will still be standing here over a hundred years after I’m gone. Wouldn’t it be silly of me to think that I “own” them?

    I posted a story about this (in the July archives) called “This Land is Your Land”.


    Comment by montucky — April 19, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

  7. […] areas I am very familiar with was very accurate. Earlier I made two posts referring to this area, Why, and The Coeur d’Alene Mountains: haven’t they suffered […]


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