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Hmm, given the size of that mapped closure area, the low number of people living in the area and the tendency for residents to collect in villages and remain close to US 89, the extremely low numbers of what amounts to lower skill Tribal Police responsible for that region and their prioritization of calls related to traffic accidents that Arizona Highway Patrol won't deal with, domestic violence, alcohol intoxication, and other things which are common in and around the settlements and locations like Tuba City, I question the enforceability of this closure or it's efficacy. This is not to say I don't understand or support the rational, but I see the problem continuing and only the responsible people who respected the land and who did obtain a permit now being excluded.This closure reportedly came about because the Bodaway-Gap chapter felt visitors to tribal lands were often not obtaining permits, were starting illegal campfires, were often getting stuck on rough roads requiring rescue, and were not generally treating the land the way they felt it should be treated.
Jim_H wrote: I question the enforceability of this closure or it's efficacy.
I fear you are right on both counts.Jim_H wrote:only the responsible people who respected the land and who did obtain a permit now being excluded.
I suppose that's easier to say when you've already experienced the cool places to explore in the area. For those of us who still have this area on our wish list, this is very sad news ... that came too soon!chumley wrote:Couldn't have happened soon enough.
“We really don’t have any enforcement out there. People go out there, they camp and build fires, we would not know about it,” Begaye said. “We decided it’s best not to issue more permits. We are in the process of getting rangers in that area. Rangers who can watch camping sites and inspect permits that are issued.”
Begaye said rangers could be on duty by next spring, when the back-country permit program may be re-stated.