Message #162
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Fri, 08 May 1998
Subject: Is Sports Afield Magazine Promoting Vandalism?

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Martin McAllister ari@bigsky.net
Subject: SPORTS AFIELD MAGAZINE

I received the following message from Steve Platt,
Archaeologist for the Montana Department of
Transportation and a participant in the FLETC ARPA
class held in Missoula last month. Thought SWANET
members in Nevada would be interested. I think Sports
Afield probably deserves some letters over this. I
looked at the mag yesterday, but did not notice if
they have a web site and e-mail address. I assume
they do. Martin

>Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 12:37:20 -0600
From: STEPHEN PLATT U7007@long.mdt.mt.gov
Yesterday while browsing the recent issue of "Sports
Afield" at the Barber Shop in Helena, I came across
an article by a fella who wrote about the virtues of
riding his ATV into the backcoutry of northern Nevada
to look for historic artifacts. Can't remember the
author's name... but I am likely going to purchase
the magazine out of personal interest in the subject
of ATVs and resource damage on public lands. You might
want to get a copy of the magazine yourself. The
article is in a section on backcountry transportation
and the author literally incriminates himself as a
looter of historic mining properties on what is
undoubtably public land. Steve Platt, MDOT 444-0455


RE: Is Sports Afield Magazine Promoting Vandalism?
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 11:05:52
From: STEPHEN PLATT 
I doubt that Sports Afield meant to condone the
looting of archaeological sites. The magazine's
editorial staff should have picked up on the fact
that Peter du Pre was potentially incriminating
himself on possible felony violations of the
Archaeological Resources Protection Act.  I am
interested in this situation for two reasons:
1) I am an archaeologist and have a professional
responsibility to speak out against vandalism and
/or looting of our Nation's cultural resources and
2)because I have seen an awful lot of unethical
and sometimes out and out illegal behavior by ATV
users on public lands in Montana.  A great many
ATV users are simply not responsible users of
public lands.  Mr. duPre's article is indicative
of a much larger problem.  Steve


SASIG Ed. Note --

http://sportsafield.com/
http://sportsafield.com/toc_list.html

MAY 1998 VOLUME 219 NUMBER 5 
1998 OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE SPECIAL 
76 RIDING INTO THE WILD
Have Truck, Will Travel......Bruce W. Smith
Adjust the tires, get into gear, and let the car
people eat your dust. 
The Mechanical Pack Animal......Todd Balf
How to convert your mountain bike into a hill mule. 
I Want My ATV!......Peter D. du Pre
If you have bugs in your teeth, you must be having fun. 
Horse Sense (and Sensibility)......Ted Kerasote
The original backcountry transport is still tough to beat. 

also see on-line

The Forest Service Under Fire by Susan Zakin

and more....

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