Mountain Bikes, Wreckreation & Wilderness

Wilderness Podcast episode with Christopher Ketcham

Mountain Bikes, Wreckreation & Wilderness | Christopher Ketcham | Ep. 043

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Christopher Ketcham 

Release Date: December 1st, 2020

In this episode I speak with Christopher Ketcham, author of This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism and Corruption are Ruining the American West. We talk about Senate Bill 1695 which would amend the Wilderness Act to allow for mechanized recreation (mountain bikes) in designated Wilderness, the recreation industry's grip on self-professed environmental groups, the Wilderness Act and the ban on mechanization, impacts of mountain biking and other recreation on wildlife populations, allowing mountain bikes in Wilderness as a slippery slope, recreation capitalism, recreation as a distraction and cultural pacifier and fighting for wilderness values.

This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism & Corruption are Ruining the American West

From Christopher Ketcham's Website...

I’ve been a freelance writer for more than 20 years and have published in Harper’s, CounterPunch, National Geographic, Hustler, Penthouse, the New York Times, Pacific Standard, Sierra, Earth Island Journal, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Salon, and many other websites and newspapers large and small. I am a recipient of the Award for the Latest-Sleeping Writer Ever. “This Land” is my first book. 


https://www.christopherketcham.com/

Recreation's Impacts on Wildlife

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2019/06/18/impacts-of-mountain-biking/

https://www.bikemag.com/news/study-mountain-bikes-disturb-wildlife-on-par-with-atvs/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/hiking-elk-driven-to-brink-colorado-vail

https://mountainjournal.org/do-ebikes-represent-a-menace-to-wildlife-in-the-backcountry

https://www.backcountryhunters.org/e_bikes_and_the_backcountry

https://mountainjournal.org/scientists-say-mountain-biking-negatively-impacts-bears

https://www.hcn.org/wotr/mountain-bikes-and-wilderness-dont-mix

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