Message #184
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998
Subject: Response From Sports Afield Magazine

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

RE:	http://www.swanet.org/discussion/98/162.html
	Is Sports Afield Magazine Promoting Vandalism?

From: Sarah Parsons  sa_readersvc@hearst.com

Thank you for your e-mail of May 8, 1998. I forwarded
your concerns about the article "I Want my ATV!"
which appeared in the May 1998 issue, to its author,
Peter duPre, and am sending you his response.

"When I go looking for artifacts, I do just that.
I Look For Artifacts. The only thing I have taken
at any unique site is photographs. One of my
hobbies is to photograph abandoned and decrepit
buildings in the late afternoon sun. Packing out
old mining artifacts from the mines would ruin it
for others. I remember in the late 1960s, the old
mining town of Tumco got stripped by thieves and
then torched. Luckily, I managed to grab a few
photos of the old power plant structure before it
was destroyed by vandals. I do not approve of
strip mining."

With regard to ATVs and resource damage to public
land, you will notice that the issue is packed
with information from Tread Lightly! about the
need for and ways to go about balancing
recreation with environmental protection. Tread
Lightly! is the focus of the Editor's Notes
(page 7) and their guidelines are printed, as a
sidebar to duPre's article, on page 83.  

We appreciate your bringing to our attention
possible misunderstandings of some very important
issues.  

Sincerely,
Sarah Parsons
Assistant to the Editor in Chief