First I want to make sure that everyone knows what a World Heritage is exactly. So I have copied the first part of Wikipedia on World Heritage and I am going to post it here.
A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance (see list of World Heritage Sites).
Now that the basic definition of World Heritage is known, I would like to chat about some of the things I find interesting in this crazy mixed up world we like to call earth.
The Oregon Sand Dunes.
The sand dunes in Oregon have been caused my millions of years of erosion caused by the ocean and by wind. With this erosion there has been miles of dunes created along the Oregon coast line. This has provided many people over the years great enjoyment. From riding horses, riding atv’s or just going to watch the ocean come in and out as the tides change. While I do agree that we need to be careful not to completely destroy them, many evironmental activist organizations have tried to close the dunes to motorized vehicles. What they do not understand is that without them the dunes would be over ran with brush. Limiting the available dunes for people to even just see them, let alone enjoy playing in them. The reason I know this is because I am one of the riders of those atv’s. I have seen what happens to the areas they close to atv’s. After about 5 years the grass and all the other bushes that grow in the dunes have taken them over and they are not even accessible by foot. So I bring this question to the debate table. Is a little noise caused by the atv’s really that bad? Knowing that if you ban them completely the dunes will be over ran by grass and brush. I for one do not think so. I would rather deal with a little noise and be able to enjoy the dunes rather then have silence and no dunes.