AITA for thinking maybe Jeep groups could get ahead of it by advocating for getting trails designated as roads, for licensed/tagged vehicles only? Get the SxSs out, cut down dramatically on the targets for environmentalist attention...
It feels a little cannibalistic but only until you stop thinking of lumbering along in a 4k lb Jeep as equivalent to blasting through the wilderness making as much noise and kicking up as much dust as possible.
Otherwise I don't think anyone can make the case that keeping these trails open DOESNt cause resource damage.
The same thing is happening up here in the PNW with SXS's as far as them running rough shod over areas with no respect for trails & rules. And just like the Jeep crowd 20 years ago it's only the 1% who are doing this shit but that is all it takes.
Flat fenders pioneered most of the trails we use. Education and self policing by the 4x4 community hasn't been perfect but there was a lot of effort and progress. The first big challenge was dirt bikes and that community eventually not only generally got their shit together but ended up getting a huge number of dedicated single track trail miles out west for themselves. Then SxSs exploded on the scene and everybody with a pulse and stupid enough to finance a depreciating high performance toy larger than a flat fender for 120 months could buy an off road hotrod. At that point our hobby and the access we always enjoyed was doomed but we couldn't, and still can't, see it.It feels a little cannibalistic but only until you stop thinking of lumbering along in a 4k lb Jeep as equivalent to blasting through the wilderness making as much noise and kicking up as much dust as possible.