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    Default It's not just offroaders, it's bikers/hikers too

    Just thought it interesting what also can qualify as illegal trails.

    Release Date: Jun 7, 2012
    Flagstaff, AZ – A second individual connected with illegal trail building on the Coconino National Forest was convicted in federal court on Monday.

    John Finch, 62, admitted to unauthorized trail construction and maintenance near Scheurman Mountain in the Red Rock Ranger District and was sentenced to one year probation, banned from all national forests in Arizona for six months, and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

    “A person who undertakes this kind of illegal activity might think they are doing something worthwhile, but the truth is that building illegal trails impacts archaeology, plants and wildlife in the area, as well as causes erosion,” said District Ranger Heather Provencio. “We have worked hard over the last three years to expand opportunities for mountain biking and reduce the amount of unauthorized trail construction, and we’ll continue to do so.”

    In a second and unrelated case in April, Gerald Griffin, 74, also admitted to unauthorized trail construction on the Red Rock Ranger District south of the Village of Oak Creek a couple days a week for the past three years in order to “help trail users.” In addition to being banned from Arizona national forests for two years, Griffin was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

    An emergency closure to mountain biking in some sensitive areas of the district is being considered pending final decisions on future trails.
    http://azdailysun.com/news/local/tra...591e26368.html

    There's a lot of talk even in the hiking world about how even walking off trail is morally wrong all the way down the crazy line as to should you put your tent on grass.

    Extremism can be everywhere and regulations and Greenie hate isn't always pointed just at offroading. It's probably just a fear of tan people in general by pale homebound allergy sufferers.
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    Unbelievable. It has got to hurt being that stupid.

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    It's a sad day to wake and realize that it is illegal to step on dirt or grass. Tread all you want on concrete or tarmac just stay out of nature....
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    http://redrocknews.com/News/usfs-ban...l-builder.html

    The U.S. Forest Service first became aware of Griffin’s activities following a complaint from a hiker, Red Rock Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer Jennifer Burns said.

    Griffin, she said, did not admit to being the “Sedona Shadow,” a mysterious figure also believed to have created a number of illegal trails in the area
    Finch has been very active in the Sedona Mountain Biking community - working to make Sedona a world-class mountain biking area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avis View Post
    Unbelievable. It has got to hurt being that stupid.
    Made me laugh. :-)
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