azbackpackr wrote:The Park Service does not want wilderness status for some very good reasons
Perhaps you didn't have time again, but if you read the attachment, it is quite clear that the Park Service does
want wilderness status. They have lobbied for it for 40 years.
azbackpackr wrote:It would make it very difficult for them to manage the river
First of all, wilderness regulations allow for motorized/mechanized use when necessary. If somebody needed to be rescued, there is nothing stopping the NPS from driving a boat upstream to help. Just as when a wildfire threatens valuable resources, mechanized equipment may be used to fight the fire.
On top of that, boating could be written right into the wilderness designation IF
the park service wanted it that way:
However, section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 USC 1133(d)(1)) authorizes the Secretary—where legislation designating the wilderness specifically makes this provision applicable—to allow the continuation of motorboat and aircraft use under certain circumstances in which those activities were established prior to wilderness designation.
hippiepunkpirate wrote:Wouldn't it be easy enough to allow the river corridor to remain non-wilderness
Yes if that was the direction they chose to go. You can see there are roads on the north rim that are exempted in the planned wilderness area for just such purposes.