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ATVs: Much consideration is currently taking place con- cerning the use of all terrain vehicles on public lands. Land use managers for practically all government entities are taking input, formally and otherwise, as to whether these motorized vehicles will continue to be allowed unfet- tered access to the majority of public lands, as presently enjoyed by off-road vehicle operators. While many may be upset about the possibility of further government restric- tions on the use of those lands held in trust for the general populace, reality shows that failing to consider reasonable restrictions in the use of ATVs now will surely result in far more conflicts in the very near future. To be sure, off-road en- thusiasts are not the only cause of concern for public and private land managers. Conflicts have festered for a number of years between cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, motorized boats and rafters or drift bdaters in recent years. Managers in the Deschutes National Forest are cur- rently considering the grow- ing problems with dog own- ers who insist upon allow- ing their pets to be allowed to run without restrictions within the forest. While nobody likes the idea of further regulations, the continued acts of a, probably, irresponsible few is sure to result in the enactment of measures far more draconian than intended, to ensure the continued protection of pub- lic lands. It would be considered a far better alternative for all ATV users to be fully aware of the impacts their activities may cause and to voluntarily take steps to reduce the dam- ages caused by their use. Under Oregon law, all ATVs operating on public land must display an Oregon ATV operating permit. Per- mits are easily available through one of the many Or- egon State Parks and Recre- ation offices, at one of the 200 vendors across the state or by telephone. For more informa- tion, or to purchase a permit by phone, call 1-800- 551- 6949. The causes for the restric- tions placed upon the types of travel permitted on public land are not necessarily lim- ited to ATVs. Wildlife habi- tat protection, resource pro- tections, fire safety, legal mandates and the need to minimize conflict between user groups also play major roles in considering the modes of travel to be allowed on public lands. ATV users can help to minimize their impact upon the environment, as well as to hopefully avoid the en- actment of further restric- tions and regulations, by following simple precau- tions. Be sure to fully know and understand the vehicle restrictions for the area you are hunting or otherwise recreating in, and respect all posted road closures. Avoid the use of ATVs in wet areas or during wet condi- tions. Even though the lighter weight of newer we- hicles and the use of low pressure tires have been noted to lessen their im- pacts, most ATVs will do serious damage in a very short time in wet areas. There are now in excess of 129,000 ATVs with valid op- crating permits in Oregon, a five-fold increase in the last 15 years. There are quite possibly an equal number of vehicles, which are not regis- tered for various reasons, to be considered as well. Hunters probably are well aware that the harvest rate for bull elk notably increases in those areas where hunter access is greatly enhanced by the use of ATVs. EventUally this increase in filled tags is sure to result in the lessen- ing of future hunter opportu- nities. Studies have also con- cluded that the use of habitat by elk in those areas where road ficcess is open to motor- ized vehicles seriously de- clines with the increases in traffic. As always, there are some fairly "big-guns" at the fore- front of this conflict on both sides. Most of us have prob- ably already defined our view on this problem but would still hope that reason pre- vails. Unfortunately reason will fly out the window quickly, particularly when such a potentially polarizing issue is under consideration. FOR SALE SERVICES FOR RENT Pikeminnow Salmon-Saving Program Announces Awards Anglers hooked large pay- offs during tlhigy'ear's North- ern Pikeminnow Sport Re- ward Fishery Program, rak- ing in over $1.2 million by catching 173,112 of the vora- cious salmon eaters. The program provides cash for catching pikeminnow, a large member of the minnow family, in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. These preda- tors eat millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Research shows that reducing the number of pikeminnow helps salmon and steelhead survival. One angler earned $81,366 during the six-month season, breaking the individual record for catching specially tagged fish that are worth up to $500. He hooked 13 tagged fish and earned $6,500 in the process. "This program provides an opportunity to earn income, which is especially important during these tough economic times, and it's good for salmon," said Russell Porter, senior program manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. "We appreciate the effort of all those anglers who partici- pated, and we look forward to another successful year in 2011." Anglers get paid $4 to $8 for northern pikeminnow nine inches and larger caught in the lower Colum- bia (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and Snake (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam) rivers. The more pikeminnow an angler catches, the more the fish are worth. The first 100 are worth $4 each; the next 300 are worth $5 each; and, after 400 fish are caught and turned in, they are worth $8 each. As an added incentive, specially tagged fish are worth $500. The annual program started May I and was origi- nally scheduled to close Sep- tember 30. Program manag- ers extended the season by 10 days this year, allowing rewards through October 10, 2010. The official fish num- bers became available last week. Since 1991, more than three million pikeminnow have been removed from the Snake and Columbia rivers through the sport reward pro- gram. Last year, anglers caught approximately 142,000 pikeminnow. As a result of these efforts, pikeminnow predation on ju- venile salmon is estimated to have been cut by 40 percent. The program is adminis- tered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commis- sion and is funded by the Bonneville Power Adminis- tration. For more informa- tion, see www.pikeminnow. org. by John Garrigus As a person greatly con- cerned with conservation and the environment, I still find the extremism exhibited by the major environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to be equally as off-put- ting as the views expressed by the Blue Ribbon Coalition, primarily financed by the makers of ATVs. In any case, it is the time for common sense to serve, instead of caustic hyperbole. Instead, it is to be hoped that we may reach a more reasonable balance where, to ;i ,1 Page 9 Hells Canyon Journal December 1, 2010 sponsored by: TV 1 it quote a speaker for the Re- publicans for Environmental Protection "one user group does not usurp and dominate our nation's outdoor heri- tage." The vast majority of us do not wish to deny, intention- ally or otherwise, the use of such vehicles on public lands, and such use can be highly functional and in many cases desirable. But the same me- jority recognizes that quiet and solitude, undisturbed by the noise and odor of ATVs and other human-related ac- tivities, is a primary reason to head to the out-of-doors. Many of us still place great store in teaching our children the traditional means of hunting, fishing and otherwise enjoying the outdoors. In our case, we do not believe motor power, cell phones or other such tech- nological "advances" to be of any use in teaching the be- sics of self-reliance and in- dependence that were greatly instrumental in the shaping and history of our still-great nation. New Idaho Seismic Fault Discovered A previously unknown seismic fault has been dis- covered near the base of the Sawtooth Mountains near the small town of Stanley. The fracture is 40 miles long and capable of causi.ng an earthquake with a mag- nitude as high as 7.5 on the Richter scale. A 7.5 is con- sidered a major earthquake with the potential to cause widespread damage. Resi- dents from Sun Valley to Boise would experience moderate shaking from that hypothetical earthquake, with most of the damage at the epicenter near Stanley. Fortunately, the fault line is not in a densely popu- lated area. The fault was located us- ing laser-equipped airplanes; Researchers believe two earthquakes have been trig- gered by this fault, one 7,000 years ago and one 4,000 years ago. The next one is expected in the next 30 years, but as earthquakes don't follow re- liable patterns, it is impos- sible to predict exactly when. The last major earthquake in Idaho was the Borah Peak earthquake in 1983. The 6.9 magnitude quake killed two children in Challis when a storefront collapsed and caused $12.5 million worth of damage to buildings in a 50-mile radius. Other active faults in Idaho are in the Beaver-head, Lemhi, and Lost River mountain ranges. CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS 10:00 AM MONDAY S TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD | CALL 541-742-7900 J JACOB'S DREAM ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE will be Fri. Dec 3,10-4 & Sat. Dec. 4, 10-4 at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Fel- lowship Hall. PINE VALLEY PHOTOS BY FOREST GREGORY make great gifts. 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PUBLISHER'S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes itI illegal to advertise "any prefer-I ence, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limi- tation or discrimination." We will not knowingly accept any adver- tising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportu- nity basis. COPY PAPER CONSTRUCTION SANITATION LETTER-SIZE COPY PAPER Blinds, Shades, perfect for photocopiers and You may qualify for the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) LaRue . Draperies, Upholstery, laser printers, works with inkjet Snake River PCS is your local wireless provider and a participant in the Oregon Telephone 'S Repairs (tents, snow- printers, too, $5 per ream. 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