Put Ryan Huff in jail for a year or two.
I don't support the witch hunt mentality but I cannot write off his actions as "not that bad". He willingly and knowingly took illegal items into a area with a fire ban and destroyed one of the limited resources there for boaters. On the big scale of the environment does one island on the Colorado River matter? Maybe not. But in the scheme of the region we are already losing cottonwoods because of dams (juvenile recruitment is down with the lack of flooding) and healthy riparian areas are severely limited and damaged through the river system.this is starting to feel like a mob fueled witch hunt. beware.
I too was pissed when I heard about the fire, then I floated it last weekend. Not saying fireworks during a fireban or being from Breck are okay, but...Its not that bad. It aint miles of scorched earth in the canyon, you'll be wondering where the fire was when you float RH next summer. Also, fires happen in nature, but natural causes help us feel better about them.
I'm sure (I hope) the perp feels like a tool. After he changes his name, and we meet him on the river, we'll prob think hes not that bad...
Have you boated this stretch? Have you seen the slow recovery work in the Mee Canyon area where new cottonwoods have been replanted to attempt to revegetate the last fire? Doubtful. There was actually a work crew camped a short distance down stream from this group that was working to plant more trees.....how disheartening this must be for them. This is probably the most popular overnight in the state of Colorado (competing with the Upper C), and the loss of a large and beautiful cottonwood gallery in a heavily used canyon will be a sorely missed resource. His actions should not be taken lightly, and I do feel punishment should be significant.You guys are ridiculous. Thinking a employer should be responsible for a off the clock employee and 1 to 2 year jail sentence for a little fire. Please, you don't even get one to two days for a dwi and that kills thousands of innocent people each year. The first thing I thought when I saw the pictures and video is no one will notice some burnt underbrush next year. Someone who just recently floated the river posted the same thing. What he did was dumb but turned out not to be a big deal and should be treated as such. The fine and having your picture in the paper is more than enough for me.
Because that comparison is relevant....Which Hunt Indeed. A large group of my employees are on RH right now not a sanctioned trip but none the less the whole connection is work. I loaned some gear am I liable? Well am I? Do you people calling out Grand Vacations have any proof the trip was a company trip? And dissing a whole town for the actions of one. Some Ark valley locals had to kill a rattle snake at zoom flume no one blamed the whole Valley for that incredible lameness. The dude should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law which should include a ban on permitted rivers period IMO end of story. sj