You make the Rangers sound like people, just like us. It will take some time for me to get used to that!
How did a newcomer like you happen to conclude anything else Joey?
If you have been judging them, by things you have been reading on the Internet, (Greensuits) concerning the laws they are charged with enforcing. That is like holding the Cashier at Circle-K responsible for the price of a loaf of bread, or a gallon of gas.
It was our elected representatives in Congress that wrote the ambiguous statements like ”compatible with the preservation of the wilderness environment" without defining what it means. I have a lot of complaints with what is written in the "Wilderness Act", but I have never held that against the Rangers in the field.
If anyone in the Forest Service is responsible for making our lives miserable. It is the ones in Washington D.C. that make the decisions about the meaning of the ambiguous statements, and pass them down to the ones in the field.
If you will go back to the first page of this article, and read the post I made on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 6:32 am, you will see that even one of our elected representatives (specifically - Sen. John McCain) did not agree with some of the ways, that the Wilderness Act was being interpreted and enforced. Make sure you also read the article at: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=355.
I know, I know... There is the occasional individual, like the one in the story, that gets himself all pumped up with his "Authority" and carries things a little too far, but they are the exception to the rule in my experiences.