BLM replied with the following:According to this rule:
5. It is prohibited to place into the ground any non-flexible object, such as, but not limited to, metal or wood stakes, poles, or pipes, with the exception of small tent or awning stakes, at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
it appears that horseshoe stakes would be prohibited within a person's camp at Glamis. Please tell me this isn't so.
Horseshoe stakes, by definition, are inflexible, so I asked:non-flexible horseshoe stakes would not be allowed under this rule.
Planning & Environmental Coordinator
California Desert District Office
To which BLM responded:Ms. Elser,
Presumably these rules were created to improve the safety of people recreating on BLM land. Are horseshoe stakes an unintended victim of this rule, or do they pose a significant threat to public safety that I'm unaware of?
I'd also like to know why rule 5 was created in the first place? What current problem is BLM trying to address?
Thanks for your help in this matter.
I never imagined that in an effort to "enhance the safety of visitors, protect public health, protect natural resources, and improve recreation experiences and opportunities" the government would outlaw playing horseshoes in significant portions of the desert. When will the insanity stop?BLM was trying to reduce the risk to visitors from signs and stakes that could impale someone or puncture someone's tire if driven over. Rebar and other non-flexible material used with flagging to mark trails or pathways or camping areas is a problem, as well as small stakes that people 'forget' when they leave. The concern is that non-flexible stakes or posts could impale someone or pop tires. Horseshoe stakes can pop a tire if a vehicle would drive over them. They could also impale someone.
Guess I need to send them my polite comments explaining their apparent insanity before the July 26, 2010 deadline. Maybe you should too.