Federal Luddites still refusing to allow power tools in wilderness

Since last we visited the topic in March, not much as changed for the people of Tombstone, Ariz., except the temperature.

The townsfolk this past weekend had to trek into the natural springs that feed the wooden town’s drinking water and fire hydrants and work on fixing the springs, damaged in a fire, with hand tools. No power tools, not so much as a wheelbarrow, are allowed in the wilderness controlled by the Forest Service. It is a dogma defiant of common sense and common decency. But that’s what you get with bureaucrats.

Here is a news report on what they had to do:

To add insult to injury, someone spotted a rare spotted owl in the burned out trees, which might further delay repairs.

Newsmax reports:

“The 26-mile pipe was left vulnerable by wildfires last year that destroyed acres of vegetation and left hillsides denuded and susceptible to mudslides. But now the U.S. Forest Service says the owl, which was thought to have been driven out by the fire, must be protected.

“The feds banned heavy construction equipment, CNN said, but a group calling itself the Jarbridge Shovel Brigade (might sound familiar to Nevadans) was toiling on the pipeline by hand. All was going well until this week when a confirmed sighting of the owl put even that effort in doubt.

“The Forest Service had already made itself unpopular among townsfolk when supervisor James Upchurch was asked in court, ‘What is more important, owls or the people of Tombstone?’ and he responded that there was no easy answer.

“The town has already asked for an emergency injunction to allow the work to continue, which went all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was turned down.”

In order to avoid disturbing a predator bird’s nap, some are willing to let a whole town of people be destroyed. Priorities?

8 comments on “Federal Luddites still refusing to allow power tools in wilderness

  1. Bill says:

    With brainless bureaucrats such as these in charge how in the world can this great country long survive??

  2. Bruce Feher says:

    They need more illegals to move in. Then the government will take care of them.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    Where is Senator John McCain on this, he concerns himself with Libya’s internal affairs but misses the right of citizens, and likely some illegal immigrants, in his state to have water? He also misses the feds suing his state over immigration enforcement and misses Sheriff Arpaio questioning Obama’s credentials. John McCain gets a lot of mileage out of having been a POW, deservedly so, but the timid old man he has become laid down in his campaign against Obama in 2008 and obviously still has the erroneous notion that he deals with reasonable people in this administration and the other 99 Obama bag men/women in the Senate. If the freaking spotted owls can come back from having been burned out they can come back from a few weeks of displacement from people working on supplying the most necessary element to sustaining human life.

  4. Which disturbs more — months of digging by hand or a week of heavy equipment?


  5. Steve says:

    Forest service won’t let heavy equipment in Huachucas mountains but as I was leaving the Dixie Forest (Utah) today I was behind a blader smoothing forest service road. Maybe we should call it the sective forest service.

    One really good thing in the Dixie Forest is the logging and controlled burns of the pine trees killed by the bark beetles a few years back.

    So why can Dixie in Utah get it right but Huachacas in AZ cannot?

    Maybe that really is what you get with bureaucrats. Some that can and others that should just teach.

  6. Steve says:

    sective??? What is that? I meant selective…

  7. […] According to court records, in 1983 Hage received 40 letters from the Forest Service charging various violations and agents of the Forest Service visited the ranch 70 times. The Forest Service then filed 22 charges against Hage, many for extremely minor infractions. “In addition, the Forest Service insisted that Plaintiffs maintain their 1866 Act ditches with nothing other than hand tools.” (Welcome to Tombstone.) […]

  8. […] couple of years ago the Forest Service demanded that the residents of Tombstone, Ariz. — who get their drinking water and fire protection water […]

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