George Wuerthner, ecologist, writer, photographer, will be the featured symposium presenter in Pocatello, Idaho-
This will be of interest to SE Idaho outdoor enthusiasts.
Here is the story on the Nov. 16 presentation from the Idaho State Journal. Public lands v. Private Recreation. By Jimmy Hancock. Idaho State Journal. The headline is misleading because Wutherner clearly had no problem with recreation in general, just what he called “thrillcraft.”
Based on his third ‘Coffee Table-sized Book’ “THRILLCRAFT” (motorized recreation), Wuerthner, will be offering a public PowerPoint presentation at the ISU, College of Education, Auditorium, at 6:30 PM, Monday, November 16. There will be no registration and no admission charge.
The 2007 THRILLCRAFT edited book has over 100 colored pictures within it illustrating various negative impacts on our public lands and water ways. The text within the large book contains the writings of over two dozen highly qualified authors, each focusing on various aspects of the evolution of ATV and OHV in America and their harmful impacts upon our native public lands, wild life, ecosystems, and upon ourselves.
Then, on Tuesday, November 17, at 9:00 AM in the Pocatello Holiday Inn, a seven person panel, including Wuerthner, will be there to discuss the issues confronting our public lands and our society, including questions, comments, and responses from the panel and the audience.Again, neither registration nor admission charge to attend.
Panelists at the Holiday Inn session will include the City of Pocatello, Idaho Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the Idaho Parks and Recreation, and Wuerthner.
The South East Idaho Environmental Network (SEIEN) is sponsoring this event…which will be the eighth ecologically focused symposium sponsored by SEIEN.
Uses of motorized vehicles, whether four wheelers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, jet skies, and other machines, has greatly increased in recent years. This explosion of motorized use has serious implications for public lands, and has become a growing source of air, water, land and noise pollution and degradation.
Thrillcraft uses negatively impact some wildlife and native vegetation, not to mention the physical health issues related to relying on machines, rather than upon ourselves, in enjoying the world of Mother Nature.
Wuerthner’s presentation on Nov 16 will discuss why motorized recreation is having a major environmental impact on public lands and what is being done to restrict or limit these impacts upon public lands and water ways around the country.
For more information, you may contact Keene Hueftle, Chair, SEIEN at 232-8862.