<<the only way people should 'enjoy' wilderness areas is to carefully backpack everything in themselves. And carry out all their garbage. Leave nothing but footprints. They can go as far in as they want.....but no fires.....that is not 'natural' to make fires and potentially cause forest fires. Maybe a small sterno based or propane stove......>> Shut down the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails! They are nothing other than interstate highways.Shut down the rest of trails into the back country and in National Parks too. Those who want a primitive experience should slog their way through jungle undergrowth and not through trails blasted through the wilderness, no different than highways.I was recently at Cascade Pass in the North Cascades National Park. Archaeologists discovered that ancient man had built fires there 6000 or so years ago, but the National Park Service prohibited fires pretty much any place in the back country, including their own developed camp sites.Loads of other restrictions too. Enforced by intrusive Park Service rangers who routinely demanded papers from backpackers even though no such papers were required unless someone was actually camping.Thirty years ago National Park Service back country rules were relatively benign. Now they are obnoxious and intrusive --- even dangerous.I expect an ever more active effort to exclude human beings from National Parks and wilderness areas, because human beings aren't "natural."Seattle Pioneer
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