Switchback Results: MTB Trail Damage and Wilderness

first_imgDo mountain bikers damage trails more than other users? Yes: 25%I am a volunteer maintainer for both the Appalachian Trail and a local nature center, neither of which allows bicycles. I can spot bicycle damage immediately, either as knobby tire marks or long skid marks as the rider brakes downhill. Log-jumping produces its own damage as the bottom of the chain abrades the top of the log. Repairs are much more difficult than hiking boot damage or even hiking pole damage. Let bike riders have their own trails and have fun. But they should not be allowed to use hiking trails.—Karl Kunkel, Chicago, Ill.Mountain bikers rival horse packers and four-wheelers for the most damage done to the outdoors. Horse packers and four-wheelers probably don’t care but mountain bikers should.—Mike Boone, Forest City, N.C.No: 75%As a professional trail builder, I find that bikes fall somewhere in the middle. They do more damage than hikers, but less than horses. The impact bikers have on the trail is considerably less than most believe. They also tend to be more involved in trail maintenance.—Jim Davis, Washington, D.C.On hiking trails I see shortcuts and cut-thru trails made by hikers, causing severe erosion. I’ve never seen mountain bikes do that kind of damage.—K, Atlanta, Ga.Trail damage is mostly horse travel and four-wheelers. With IMBA and new and sustainable trail construction, there is less trail damage.—Jim, Denver, Colo.More wilderness: yay or nay? Yes: 88%With increasing urban sprawl I think creating national wilderness areas is essential to preserving what was here originally. We need to put something in the way of their bulldozers.—Brittany, Lynchburg, Va.Wilderness connects wild habitat up the spine of the Appalachians, and it connects us all with our primal, solitary selves.—Ben, Asheville, N.C.Development will continue to encroach on natural areas, unless we designate and zone these areas accordingly. Our most pristine lands are being gated from the public.—Bailey Woods, Easley, S.C.We need wilderness now more than ever. Its preservation is essential to the natural environment, our quality of life, and to future generations.—Fred Jamison, Charlotte, N.C.No: 10%I’m all for preservation of nature, and I know that we could create jobs by doing so. But history has shown that trying to preserve land by interfering with it has been unwise. Look at  Yellowstone’s history of trying to protect the elk by getting rid of wolves, then dealing with the coyote overpopulation by importing wolves from Canada. Nature should be left alone completely, even from protection.—Caleb Jaqua, Charlotte, N.C.Practice what you preach.  I am tired of the purists who decry the fall of a single tree yet purchase items that require many trees to be cut. Where do people think these resources come from?—Ingles Alexander, via e-maillast_img read more

Layou women receives assistance following Layou flooding

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Layou women receives assistance following Layou flooding by: – January 20, 2012 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Hon. Kelver Darroux. Government has secured funds under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist women in the Layou community who have been affected by last year’s flooding in that community.Parliamentary Representative for Layou Kelver Darroux said in a statement on Friday that the women are currently benefiting from a $US20, 000.00 made available by the UNDP.“After the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in Layou last year, a meeting was held with the women in that community and staff of the ministry of finance and coming out of that, a report was submitted to the cabinet and funds to the tune of US$20,000.00 were approved to target the women in Layou. One of the areas that they will benefit is terms of the provision of 25 coolers. The women usually have their fish and titiri for sale and that will assist them in storage,’ Darroux explained.The women will also benefit in capacity and enhancement where 25 women will complete a training program in health and sanitation which will be conducted by the Environmental Health Department.“Upon completion they will be certified as food handlers. There will also be another component to that program where 25 women will be trained in the areas of training and international cooking which will be conducted by the adult education division,” he added.He said the aim is to empower women in the Layou community.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Live updates: NLCS Game 3 between the Dodgers and Brewers

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Viewing on a mobile device? Click here. The Los Angeles Dodgers not only evened the NLCS after the first two games in Milwaukee, but they also snapped the Brewers’ winning streak at 12 games.With the next three games in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have the opportunity to close out the series at Dodger Stadium.Scouting report | Matchup breakdown | Updates: In-game box scoreFollow along for live updates of Game 3 in the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Brewers. Our reporters are at Dodger Stadium when gates open until the final postgame interview. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more