The article implied that problems would fade if more land were made available for all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles. But this conclusion is widely contradicted by empirical evidence. For example, a University of Utah study found that about half of ATV riders surveyed prefer riding off designated routes, which means illegally. Dilution is not the solution.
Rather, federal agencies have to step up and be much more serious about protecting the natural landscape from dangerous off-road riding and the noise, air and water pollution it brings. In addition, serious consequences for misdeeds must be enforced because illegal riding not only causes conflicts but also indelibly scars the land and can endanger others trying to enjoy our national forests. We look forward to working with the Obama administration to protect these special places for future generations.