Yuccahead, Capitalism has no relevance in public lands. They are for; "the public", set aside FOR the public. When special interest groups and private enterprise start to run public lands, then insert their own dogma and philosophies, public lands cease functioning as lands for the public. They shouldn't be for sale to anyone, and that includes domestic and foreign interests. So your question "would you rather the Saudis and Japanese buy up these same lands", should be legally moot.yuccahead wrote:This is one gripe I guess I'll never understand. It's the very basis of the American Way, the American Dream and capitalism - If you want something and can afford it then buy it and do whatever you want with it and if you make a profit then you're a good buisnessman. What's wrong with that? Ted Turner does the same thing. He owns several huge ranches all over the west and many are wildlife preserves.Mrs.Oroblanco wrote:They are Nevada's version of Natures Conservancy.
Private organizations buying up and running public lands, for friends and profits.
I don't get it, would you rather the Saudis and Japanese buy up these same lands? If land is on the market someones going to buy it. That's America.
It shouldn't even be a/in question.
I realize and understand environmental concerns. As the years pass, there's undoubtedly, incrementally, more and more damage caused by irresponsible and over-usage of the desert. Responsible and in places, restricted usage has to be implemented. Especially in historical, scenic, and sensitive areas of the desert.
I myself, quit riding dirt bikes out in the desert many years ago. I prefer the peace, quiet, and soul-restoring solitude of the desert. Not everyone feels or thinks the way I do. Many enjoy off-road pursuits. As long as they confine themselves to appropriate areas, and minimize their impact on desert flora and fauna, the off-roaders have as much right as I do to have fun out there.
When special interest groups, and private groups start to usurp public lands, only the pursuits THEY deem acceptable, can utilize and enjoy the desert areas impacted by them. At that point, the land is no longer public.
It's a perplexing and difficult balance to achieve. You have on one hand, the slow destruction of desert beauty, and the locking up of large tracts, and restrictions, on the other hand.
I don't have any easy or sure solutions, but selling off tracts of land goes against what they were created for to begin with.