Originally Posted by RiverWrangler
I don't want to walk through somebody's front yard to gain access to a run, but just because someone got there before me and purchased a forest size chunk of land, I don't see why they can't allow responsible use of their property, especially if it is a mere crossing of their property leaving nothing but the proverbial footprints.
I know many poeple are going to scream bloody murder you f%$%^ng liberal freak, but I'm not asserting that these people not own the property anymore, all I'm saying is that "hey neat you own it, but why are you so jealous about me and my friends touching it. We're not hurting it. We don't want to hunt on it. We're not trying to mine your gold or your oil. We just want to get to the river." Why can't we just get along like in Norway where taking a detour through private property is no big deal as long as you are not trashing the place.
I agree with you 100%, as a fifth or sixth generation Colorado native it's hard for me to stand by and watch as people from Texas and Georgia buy huge swaths of my local backyard forests and shut it off to everybody. Like you said, I'm just trying to provide some talk on the 'buzz in the offseason.
I know that in most instances the runs that require poaching also require a very detailed skill set, and in almost all cases people with those skill sets also possess a very strong ethic about land preservation and trust, and not trashing what we treasure. But as human beings have proved over and over again, when you start to take advantage of a situation too much then there's always a chance that something could happen, and then it's over for everybody. I'm simply trying to say we are getting very close to that line between respecting it and trashing it. It's not happening everywhere, but it is in others, and as a community we need to make sure we do not cross that line. Here in Colorado most people take pride in their rivers and respect them and the area, and in a lot of situations the troublemakers tend to be out of towners. We just need to make sure all kayakers everywhere adhere to what we all hold most dear.