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  Wildland Fire Management
Wild land fires, particularly in the west where BLM is most concerned, are endemic.
We encourage and support major efforts of the wild land fire community to make homes “Firewise” by working with home owners, lenders, insurers, and local governments to require codes to make properties fire safe, and to maintain them in that state recognizing that wild fires are inevitable.
During the time Indians were inhabiting the wild lands, their uses of fire and its ecosystem effects, when added to the natural causes, probably were far different because the environment in which they lived was different.
www.publicland.org /wildfire.htm   (3274 words)

Male bikers, members of clubs whose "colors" and "attitude" (club insignia and demeanor) purposefully resemble those of "outlaw" organizations like the Hell's Angels, Pagans, Banditos, and the Family are the reference for this "citizen" or "straight" non-rider image of bikers.
Helmets reflect biker attitudes toward their compulsory use; they are the smallest.1 "token" helmet the law will allow; they bear sticker messages "Let Those Who Ride Decide" or "Helmet Laws Suck"; and, for festive occasions, imaginative parody helmets appear for slow-ride parade wear-aluminum colanders and stew pots; "Visigoth" helmets with fur and horns.
Bikers find companionship and safety in numbers; solo riders are most vulnerable to being stranded by cycle malfunction or being "downed" in accidents caused by automobile drivers.
www.ecu.edu /ncfa/amfolk/bikers.html   (889 words)

 Wild Desert Bikers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wild Desert Bikers was a movie script that was written by Hal Warren.
The script was about a young teacher who is kidnapped by one of her students, who was a member of this gang of wild desert bikers.
This teacher was to be held at the gang's hangout, which would have been the same ranch used as the location of the lodge in Manos.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wild_Desert_Bikers   (171 words)

 Southwest Desert Towers Rock Climbing
Most of the towers described in Desert Towers Select are on public land, with the exception of the routes in Canyonlands and Arches, which are outside national parks and thus have limited regulation.
The center of the universe for desert climbers is Moab, Utah, a former uranium-mining backwater, resurrected as a tourism and mountain-biking mecca.
Moab Desert Adventures is the main guide service and offers group trips and private guiding to climbs and canyons within a two hours of Moab.
www.supertopo.com /climbingareas/towers.html   (2439 words)

 Archive--mountain bikers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Imagine rolling along through the vast desert landscape or gliding through an incredible grove of golden aspens, to arrive at camp where you are greeted by a magnificent view and a Dutch oven dinner.
Remember, 'horses, hikers, bikers.'" That saying means that bikers must yield to hikers, and hikers to horses.
Horses have the first priority on the trail because it is easier for the hikers and bikers to move out of the way.
www.hardnewscafe.usu.edu /archive/april2002/0409_bikers.html   (1263 words)

 Calfornia Wild Heritage Campaign
Wildness can be a perishable thing, succumbing to the bite of the chain saw, the ruts of the all-terrain vehicle and the seemingly inevitable crush of development.
The measure would add 2.5 million acres to the state's federally protected wilderness system in 77 areas ranging from the desert of the southeast to the misty forests of the state's North Coast.
But Boxer and her environmental supporters have worked for two years to limit opposition by consulting with local interests, mountain bikers, off-road vehicle enthusiasts and others.
www.californiawild.org /InTheNews/WildernessAsLegacy.html   (476 words)

 Jason Hollinger: Cycling: Desert Southwest
Wind turned out to be a constant source of irritation in the desert: it's always blowing, and rarely in a beneficial direction, despite that I was headed predominantly east, supposedly with the trade winds.
There comes a dramatic moment on that ride when, with nothing but desert and rock visible for probably 50 miles in every direction, you turn off the asphalt onto an indistinguishable dirt road; you swallow hard, take a last look around, and come what may, plunge deeper yet into the trackless sandy desert.
Occasional mack trucks would pass, briefly cutting off the wind, sucking you into their wheels with double strength (both your over-compensation for the wind that was no longer there, and the Bernoulli effect of a truck flying past a few feet away at some 60 mph).
alumnus.caltech.edu /~hollin/cycling/desert_southwest.html   (7185 words)

 The Desert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Cormier viewed the desert as a vast emptiness for philosophical reflection and artistic inspiration, the scene of destruction, of matter reduced to cinders, as a metaphor for the seen and unseen in the entropic metropolises of the global village.
To experience the desert is to feel the natural sublime, the terrifying awe felt toward the expanse, the stark beauty, and the feeling of a primal world untouched by humanity.
The nothingness of the desert and outer space were the key ecologies, for both human and technological evolution were shown emerging from the emptiness of the desert, under the inspiration of the fl monolith from outer space.
www.barryvacker.net /utopia_desert.html   (9701 words)

 Coyote Mountains Wilderness
When we visited the Yuha Basin Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), we were shocked to find that motor bikers and off-roaders had left the designated roads in the washes and were accustomed to driving up side gulches and over the hills.
Desert Survivors has participated in service projects for the BLM, including clean-up of messes and rehabilitation, but we are increasingly reluctant to do so.
Desert Survivors appreciates the opportunity to comment on your NOPAs concerning this and other Wilderness lands under the jurisdiction of the El Centro Field Office of the BLM.
www.desert-survivors.org /Postings/coyote_mountains_wilderness.htm   (2348 words)

 Coleman OUTERnet - national forest camping, hiking, scenic drives, road trip planning and reservations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Native Americans found their way into the harsh desert and recorded their fascination and struggles in stone petroglyphs, engraved images that remain to this day.
Dark desert nights are often clear and tranquil, lending a numinous atmosphere to the dense canopy of stars that light the desert.
Desert landscapes evoke powerful emotions and continue to lure those who seek adventure out of the margins of tamer climes.
www.coleman.com /outernet/editorial.asp?ID=40   (687 words)

 Sossusvlei Desert Camp
The Desert Camp is situated only four kilometres away from the main lodge at the entrance gate to Sossusvlei (Namib Naukluft Park) and is also ideal for tour groups and those wanting to self cater (meals are served at the Sossusvlei Lodge).
Desert Camp nestles under centuries old camel thorn trees and has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains.
This breakfast location is stunning with a 360° view of the rising sun over the mountains, on the dunes, on the golden grass plains and on the mountains...
www.namibian.org /travel/lodging/private/desertcamp.html   (873 words)

 The Impacts of Off-Road Vehicle Noise on Wildlife   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
All this occurs when the presence of thunderstorms indicates that the appropriate temperature conditions exist (to ensure both suitable conditions for toad survival and adequate availability of prey) and that moisture, another critical ingredient, is sufficient (McClanahan 1967).
The toad can mistake the thundering of ORVs across the desert floor for the sound of early summer thunderstorms, however, and emerge during the wrong season and in the absence of water (Brattstrom and Bondello 1983), with significant adverse impacts to the population (McClanahan 1967, Brattstrom and Bondello 1983).
For another, a great deal of existing ORV use occurs in fragile habitats, such as desert and wetland ecosystems, which often are home to wildlife species that are especially sensitive to noise and other human disturbance.
www.wildlandscpr.org /databases/biblionotes/ORV_noise_wildlife.htm   (1563 words)

 Environment News Service ENS Latest Environmental Information Education Current Issues RSS
In addition, a survey of 41 mountain bikers who had interactions with both fl and grizzly bears in the Calgary-Canmore region of Alberta found that 85 percent of riders reported being unaware of the bear's presence until within 165 feet (50 meters) of the bear.
Moody pointed to the grizzly bear attack of a mountain biker last summer on a Wyoming trail near Brooks Lake on Togwotee Pass as evidence that the Greater Yellowstone Area is not immune to such conflicts.
"Wild beasts and birds are by right not the property merely of people who are alive today, but the property of unknown generations whose belongings we have no right to squander."
www.ens-newswire.com /ens/aug2005/2005-08-15-03.asp   (890 words)

 Owyhee Canyonlands (Idaho) - Lands at Risk - Wildlands - Sierra Club
Located close to the quickly growing city of Boise, Idaho, the Owyhee country is a popular recreation spot for hikers, mountain bikers, campers, hunters and fishermen.
The remote and rugged Owyhee region is one of the few places left in the disappearing American West where one can still experience the stark, silent beauty of the high desert and traverse the rugged country on its own unforgiving, challenging terms.
These wildlands and wild rivers deserve permanent protection before fast growing levels of ORV abuses, mining and overgrazing irrevocably change its character for the worse.
www.sierraclub.org /wildlands/wildlandsatrisk/owyhee.asp   (596 words)

 Metal Reviews - Metal Coven Webzine - Metal Reviews - Wild West - Second To None
I think the secret to their coolness is that they don't use the authentic western atmosphere, but more of the modern, tough n' gritty western swagger that you might expect from a lot of bikers who cruise Death Valley for kicks.
Wild West really score points with me by making their image an actual part of their sound rather than a simple gimmick.
Wild West are the leather wearing, hog riding, modern cowboys of hard rock.
www.metalcoven.com /review_wildwest_second.html   (292 words)

 Desert & Motorcyles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
One of the first places we spent time was in the Sonoran Desert on the Colorado River.
We were in an ultra-dry desert but based on how the humans lived there, you’d never have known it.
And I know that bikers are good guys because they give me bites of their hamburgers.
www.wildsentry.org /04_07_00.html   (839 words)

 President's Message - Desert Foothills Land Trust
For the past several years, the Arizona Preserve Initiative has been the mechanism by which the Desert Foothills Land Trust was able to purchase state land for preservation.
Although we managed to purchase and protect nearly 300 acres of Sonoran Desert habitat, including portions of the creek itself, the Arizona State Land Department has now suspended API, effectively closing off for the time being that avenue for adding to our preserves.
Desert Botanical Garden scientists are helping with plant inventories, and Scottsdale Community College Center for Native and Urban Wildlife provides additional expertise.
www.dflt.org /message-pres.htm   (541 words)

 Nevada Commission on Tourism
In Northern Nevada, there are many places for mountain bikers to test their skills in the areas surrounding the rolling hillsides of Elko.
For mountain bikers just getting into the sport, there are a few low-paced trails that offer relatively smooth and friendly rides.
Genoa Peak is perfect for the moderate-level mountain biker who likes to ride along a ridge-line, with scenic views of the Lake Tahoe Basin to the west and Carson Valley to the east.
www.travelnevada.com /nevada_mountainbike.asp   (1400 words)

 Natural beauty is Big Bend's attraction | ajc.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The desolate and often foreboding desert terrain is studded with agave, prickly pear cactus, the fibrous lechuguilla, whip-like ocotillo, mesquite, creosote bushes and cottonwood trees.
Here, in the northern reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert, an ancient seabed, cowboys rode the range, nomadic Comanches made forays across the river into Mexico in search of livestock, prospectors mined cinnabar for mercury and Mexican outlaw Pancho Villa led bands of marauding revolutionaries.
Today the region of amazingly diverse geology — formed by volcanic activity 15 million to 45 million years ago — is populated by more than 450 species of birds and an assortment of wild animals including jackrabbits, roadrunners, kangaroo rats, mountain lions and bears.
www.ajc.com /travel/content/travel/content/0204/0502sumtexasside.html   (2083 words)

 The California Wild Heritage Campaign lobbies to expand the state's wilderness areas and protect places like the King ...
The Hoover addition and Amargosa Wild and Scenic designation were two ideas that garnered widespread support in both counties after about a year of debate concerning what lands in the Eastern Sierra would be beneficial, and non-controversial, choices for additional federal protections.
From Tecopa downstream, a "wild river" set of uses would be allowed, which would bar bikers and other vehicles, and leave the river to be enjoyed by those traveling on foot.
The final stretch of river, which runs toward the Dumont Dunes, and which is typically a dry wash since the water heads underground to beat the summer heat, is earmarked as the "recreational river segment," and is currently managed by BLM as a designated Off-Road-Vehicle Area.
www.californiawild.org /InTheNews/2006_04_11_InyoRegister.htm   (755 words)

 Desert Solitary | Outside Online
Deserts are among the most fragile landscapes on earth.
This is not a desert for dilettantes: The roads are rough (you will be ticketed if you don't have a four-wheel-drive), there is no water, and there are no hiking trails.
While not meeting all technical definitions of a desert, the heart of El Malpais is nonetheless as forbidding a place as you'll find, suitably arid, plenty hot in summer (though at 6,000 feet it's no Death Valley), and very, very empty.
outside.away.com /magazine/0996/9609dest.html   (2444 words)

 California Desert Conservation Area (CA)
It is home to the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, pupfish, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles uniquely suited to survival in a forbidding environment.
And we are in the process of preparing an analysis of the economic benefits of parks and wilderness in the California Desert.
The desert is the place it is in large part because it is intact and roadless.
www.wilderness.org /WhereWeWork/California/desert.cfm   (824 words)

 Born to Be (Sorta) Wild - Hurricane Valley Journal
The free-wheeling grimy sort who ride these bikes are an enviable breed, as they roar past with their don't-screw-with-me tattoos, their greasy leathers, studded armbands, stringy locks, burly guts, and abundant facial hair – and that's just the female riders.
And even though the bikers are straddling enough piston-popping horsepower to probably outrun every sedan on the road, they don't.
And while they're at it, the bikers could make enough to cover their house payments back in River City, Iowa, by selling rides on their souped-up bikes.
www.hvjournal.com /articles.php?id=2714&art_title=Born_to_Be_(Sorta)_Wild   (748 words)

 Desert Dispatch newspaper - Barstow, California   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The welcome mat is being rolled up for mountain bikers in large swaths of the White Mountain National Forest in Maine and New Hampshire.
No recreationist likes to think he is loving the public lands to death, but all are impacting nature in their own way when they venture into the wild.
Mountain bikers want to evict motorcycle riders from commonly shared trails; horseback riders want to evict mountain bikers; hikers want to evict horses.
www.desertdispatch.com /2004/110363916385076.html   (559 words)

 HARD AND FAST WITH THE WILD BUNCH ; In the Modern Era, Finding a True Off-the-Beaten-Track Adventure Can Be Difficult. ...
Last year, close to 600 of the 700 starters finished the six-day, 150 mile-plus slog through the Sahara desert, a sign of the improved understanding of the demands of the event, first run in 1986.
With temperatures predicted to bottom out at around -30C, the luckiest athletes are the marathon runners, the best of whom have, in recent years, found themselves back in front of the fire just four hours after the starting gun has fired.
The race is the brainchild of Roman Urbina, a former triathlete and road racer who in 1993 brought 30 fellow bikers to the island in an attempt to recreate the Pacific-to-Caribbean coastal trail first ridden - on horseback - by the invading Spanish army in the 16th century.
www.redorbit.com /news/science/784519/hard_and_fast_with_the_wild_bunch__in_the/index.html?source=r_science   (1382 words)

 Dayhiking and biking the Henry Mountains and Escalante   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The rangerette said it would be quiet "because it s getting deathly hot down there." The cactus and yuccas are in full bloom on the higher portion of the Escalante Desert, while it appears that those on the lower areas are past their flowering, reduced to desiccated crispers of their former forbulant selves.
It feels good, but there is a certain difficulty to describing the primal connection of hiker to the desert.
The temperature was desert ideal, but the wind turned your mouth into a mud bowl if you opened it.
users.sisna.com /vagabond/ESCALAN3/escalan3.htm   (2440 words)

 Wild Writing Women: Writing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
They were a motley looking crew; lumber men and bikers, with beards and boots and flannel shirts, rough voices and cases of beers and fat joints they passed around as they watched me wrestle with the new cylinder.
They all laughed, and I knew what they were thinking, because Easyriders is one of those biker magazines that accessorize their airbrushed motorcycles with airbrushed women.
They're up for grabs because the site where we do business and events, Wild Writing Women is narrowly focused on the formalities of being a literary presence in oh so San Francisco.
carlaking.typepad.com /wildwritingwomen/writing   (3041 words)

 The Wild West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Terrain went from hilly to high plains desert to the foothills of the Rockies.
The worst part was the ride across the Mojave desert where they estimated temperatures at over 120 degrees.
The creek/river is right beside the road and after several days of rain, had become an angry torrent of water that appeared eager to swallow bikers careless enough to miss a turn.
www.digital-recovery.com /NCMotorcyclists/wild_west_trip.htm   (3028 words)

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