Argumentative Essay

The issue of whether we should allow state parks to allow ORVs (off road vehicles) has been widely debated in our community recently.It is an important issue because it concerns the fundamental moral and economic questions about the way we use our wildlife.A variety of different arguments have been put forward about this issue.This essay will consider arguments for allowing ORV in state parks.It will put forward recommendations for allowing ORV use in state parks, through the use of trail construction and maintenance techniques, while minimizing environmental impact.
It is said that ORV operation causes erosion, damages waterways, and displaces wildlife in our state forest. However, instead of researching the impact of ORVs to the environment (as with research done about hiking, biking and horse back riding), opponents to ORV use want to band this activity all together. Indeed like any outdoor recreation participant (Fishing, Walking, Birding, Hiking, Climbing, Snow Shoeing, Skiing, Hunting, Camping, Backpacking, Biking, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, etc.), ORV operators will have impact on environmental conditions including the soils, vegetation, water, and wildlife. Thus the issue then become whether the impact from ORV use is any greater than those generated by other activities.
The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) represents a continuation of the ongoing National Recreation Survey (NRS) created by Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (ORRRC).Between July 1999 and November 1999 5000 people across the U.S. were asked about their participation in twelve types of outdoor recreation. From this it was determined that 207 million (97.5%) people age 16 and over participated in some type of outdoor recreation in the last 12 months."An estimated 179.3 million, or 84.4 percent of the 212.4 million people in the U.S. walk outdoors for fun or exercise one or more times a year."In d…

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