I was thinking about this based on Mike's reply about bikes....I wonder if people that were bird watching/prerunning/whatever were mostly doing it on bikes instead of in 4 wheeled vehciles....and had the courtesy to close all the gates they open...if that would mitigate the complaints that BITD presumably receives from ranchers, etc.i dont think any rancher/tree huger/blm would care about pre running if people did it with slower speeds, less trash.
show more respect for the land and the people that you come across. stay on the roads. life will be better for pre running and racing.
IF their biggest complaints are road degradation and gates being left open allowing cattle to stray, I would think if people limited the impacts of those two things this might be a non issue.