I think all of us on Race-Dezert agree with your post. For me after almost forty years of off roading I know how much these stories hurt the cause. I just felt they should be shamed on this thread (site) regardless of their motivation.My observation is that idiots do stupid stuff everywhere. When was the last time anyone proposed shutting down Yosemite because someone littered or broke the rules? Were there calls to ban "art" after that women tagged several national parks? Bad behavior is only used as a club when it comes to motorized recreation. Who is to say that these were not provocateurs used to make off-roaders, gun owners, etc. look bad?
That is is almost unbelievable. The Sierra club makes me sick. Such an irresponsible organization.About 20 or 25 years ago they shut down Panamint Valley to 4 wheeling. They couldn't find any endangered frogs, lizards, turtles or plants in the water, so they found hydrocarbons in the river and shut it down because of that. They presumed the dreaded hydrocarbons were there due to fuel being spilled out of gas tanks while we winched up the 3 waterfalls that were there. So a month later the rangers caught a group of Sierra Club members purposely dumping gas into the river. They still kept the trail closed. True story.