Bicycles belong in wild places.
Our friend Bob Moore, former director of the U.S. BLM in Colorado, calls the diverse designations approach to preservation the "toolkit." Different legal tools accomplish different things. Not every landscape qualifies for Wilderness, and many non-qualifying areas deserve protection. Some Wilderness qualifying areas cannot or should not get Wilderness designation for political, economic, or other reasons. This table shows how four different tools approach preservation issues with varying answers.
|Wilder-ness||National Park||CPP National Protection Area*||CPP National Conservation Area*|
|Prohibits new roads||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Allows water project construction||No||No||No||No|
|Prohibits regular logging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Allows stewardship logging for ecosystem management and fire prevention||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Allows structures||No||Yes||No||Only Visitors Center, Toilets, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits|
|Allows mechanized fire-fighting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Allows mechanized trail maintenance||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Affects private property access||Yes||Yes||Yes||Minimally|
|Allows new trails||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Allows equestrian travel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Allows motorized travel||No||On roads only||No||On designated routes|
|Prescribes type of human experience||Yes||Yes||No||No|
* Note that this table compares the proposed legislation for National Conservation Areas and National Protection Areas. It does not refer to any previous Acts of Congress.