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Goodrich, Chris [[log in to unmask]] writes:

>With the ANR it is more likely that it is just easier to say no than to
>research the actual  effects.  This may change in 2 weeks.

That's a good theory- "JUST SAY NO" is popular amongst regulatory
agencies everywhere, leaving it up to the interested public to make the
case as to why "NO" isn't the best answer. It often leads to
counterintuitive situations where potentially more-destructive
activities become allowed, while lower impact activities are still
disallowed, primarily due to the lack of lobbying power. 

That's at least partly why skier access to Mt. St. Helens is limited,
access fees charged, whereas snowmobilers regularly ascend to the summit
unimpeded, barely regulated (no high-marking 'llowed in the crater, but
that's about it), no extra charge. The 'bilers simply have a better
organized lobby and actively protect their access-interests all over the
PNW.

John- is there someplace where voting VT backcountry-skiers can weigh in
on this one, or is it strictly a local affair controlled by committee?
(If the latter, would it be out of bounds to publicize the committee
members' email & snail-mail addresses? ;-))

dana
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