Jim Macey is a resident of Keeler, California:
"The park and the
Sierra Club have a really dim view of human nature. They equate
more humans with more doom, more impact. They say, "Let's not let
anybody do anything." There are a lot of people who think humans
aren't that bad, who think they can learn to enjoy the resource
without destroying it.
"I see that the national
park has done more harm to the resource than not. It attracts a lot
of people, and some parks tend to develop access points to the
resource, like paved roads and viewpoints, that make it less
primitive. (The Park Service) is trying to create a monoculture of
people visiting the park who are very easy to manage. They're
protecting physical qualities of the resource, but they're ignoring
the nonphysical qualities. More and more, people see government as
driving a wedge between them and the land."