It’s peak season for hiking so it’s fitting that Sunday’s Pacific Northwest magazine cover story concerned the topic. Author Ron C. Judd’s feature story, titled “Splinter in the Woods,” examines a fight between outdoors groups over whether to repair roads into wild areas.
From the piece: Do conservationists have any right –- let alone responsibility — to protect wilderness areas by working to keep people out of them? What place do roads – anathema on their face to wilderness legislation, which forbids mechanized travel – have in or near designated wild areas? And with the federal Wilderness Act approaching middle age, turning 50 next year, and the old “multi-use” (logging) road web crumbling, which of those roads should be maintained, and who picks up the check?
Judd hosted a live chat on seattletimes.com.