Poll: Room in the Pinelands for Conservationists and ATVs?
Beyond the angry words and accusations, it may ultimately be an issue of conservation versus recreation
Abetween those who enjoy driving off-road vehicles in challenging wilderness areas and state conservationists seeking to protect the Pinelands, a 1 million-plus acre expanse of preserved forest and wetlands in South Jersey. Some drivers of all-terrain vehicles have been driving off regular trails and dirt roads, which environmentalists say can destroy the state and federally preserved watershed, endangering natural habitats and the drinking water of millions.
Drivers of off-road vehicles deny this, but say they have as much right to enjoy the wilderness areas as anyone and that state or self-appointed officials have over-reached in their efforts to lock down most of the preservation area from recreational use.