Wild Wilderness believes that America's public recreation lands are a national treasure that must be financially supported by the American people and held in public ownership as a legacy for future generations
Is snow-kiting within Designated Wilderness a legally permissible activity? That question was raised recently in a front page article within my local newspaper and the local Forest Service chose to punt rather than answer the question.
I am confident that snow-kiting it is absolutely prohibited by the
Wilderness Act and the laws, rules and regulations promulgated to carry
out the original intent of that Act. I am only somewhat less confident
that land managers at both the local and national level will sooner,
rather than later, declare snow-kiting to be a prohibited activity
In 1962, the author of the Wilderness Act wrote:
“The purpose of the Wilderness Act is to preserve the
wilderness character of the areas to be included in the wilderness
system, not to establish any particular use.”
Today, America's leading advocates for proper Wilderness management, Wilderness Watch, writes:
The overarching legal mandate of the Wilderness Act
is to preserve the Wilderness character of each area in the NWPS.
Preserving Wilderness character is the essential key to keeping alive
the very meaning of wilderness in America.
For those unfamiliar with the new and growing sport of snow kiting,
I've pulled together five short videos. When viewed in the order
presented, they show a progression from the basic to the extreme.
Here they are. Watch them and decide whether this activity is compatible with YOUR concept of "wilderness character."
Snowkiting. Club Overpower
Video shows the basics of snow kiting on flatland
Best Snowkiten 2008
Video shows a variety of kiting experiences
Video shows mountain kiting similar to that now taking place within the Three Sisters Wilderness, here in Central Oregon
Snow Kite Masters
Video shows kiting as paragliding
Extreme Kiting Skiing
Video shows examples of extreme big mountain kiting
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