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NOISE AND THE NEED FOR SCIENCE
As a leading Acoustical sciences and Noise Control professional for the last twenty years, I have have been studying the way government agencies around the world interface human made noise with wildlife. I am happy to see a few leading wildlife biologists in the BLM trying to make strides on studying the impact of ATV riding and yet the amount of money we have spent to study the issue using actual sound level measurement equipment with unbiased professionals is pathetically limited. Just like Earl and his spending on Bikes and no money to create QUiets Zones in urban areas. As long as NOISE is seen as a minor issue, there will be little change or bad decision making processes.
We should be asking the old guard of Federal elected officials such as Ron Wyden and Earl Blumenauer why they spend almost ZERO dollars studying the impact of Noise on wildlife in our state and in Mt Hood National Forest.
I am interested in studying the lack of muffer design focus from the primarily Japanese manufacturers of ATV's. I am not against OHV areas, but am generally supportive of more limits on ATV use and instead an expansion of off-roaders who camp and are stewards of outdors. I am an avid offroader, but drive a far quieter set of vehicles and am always surprised at just how impactful ATV's are with their current tire and muffler designs and lack of US made or engineers parts. ATV's---Bad for the environment, and sorry my Tea PArty friends,-- bad for the US economy.
State Forestry folks in particular have demonstrated no ability to protect sensitive Bald Eagle nesting by allowing loud engine noise in extremely close proximity to active nests.
I would suggest that our Federal elected folk put a body of experts from the Acoustical Sciences together to develop a good approach for resolving some of the tensions from ATV's in our NW forests.
Paul van Orden
posted 2 years, 8 months ago
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