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Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation exposes the lasting damage done to our land, water, and air from the growing plague of jet skis, quads, dirt bikes, dune buggies, snowmobiles, and other motorized recreational craft that are penetrating the last bastions of wild America. The increase in thrillcraft use is responsible for wildlife habitat fragmentation, disturbance of sensitive wildlife, soil erosion, spread of invasive weeds, loss of silence, as well as water and air pollution. With more than one hundred shocking color photographs, Thrillcraft vividly documents the destruction caused by these machines on American public lands. Essays by activists, policy experts, scientists, and others support the photographs, explain the harm done by these machines, and critique the cultural foundation of this phenomenon. Thrillcraft bears witness to the mindless destruction of our collective natural heritage and offers a vision for a future when the howl of the wind or wolf can again be heard more often than the howl of a machine.

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Editor George Wuerthner is a professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books on natural history and other environmental topics. He is currently the ecological projects director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. Contributors to Thrillcraft include Rick Bass, Philip Cafaro, Dominick DellaSala, David Havlick, James Howard Kunstler, Richard Mahler, Thomas Michael Power, Paul Sutter, Howie Wolke, and more than 15 others.

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pdxvx, May 4, 2009 (view all comments by pdxvx)
Imagine if people accessed those areas the way we did for eons before OHVs were invented. If we arrived on foot and the world was unpolluted, symbiotic and renewed everywhere.

The bourgeoisie thrillcraft is a grotesque waste of finite resources and desecration to the land, water & air we all inherited from the Gift of Life.

This monstrous, hardback coffee-table-weight is an fine rebuttal to the excruciating fun of Mad Max fanatics going at their unnecessary celebrations of total disregard for the greater struggle of the suffering family of life around this globe.

They do what they do for fun. Others around the world suffer for them to "enjoy" the privilege. Blood saturates every last piece of legal tender, commit to being better and believe it, I dislike treasury.
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fastpainter22, April 25, 2008 (view all comments by fastpainter22)
I saw this terrible book at my library in Northern CA. I recognized the cover as the sand dunes at glamis. I have been to glamis, its terrible what the environmentalist have done to the area. This is an ORV area that is in the middle of nowhere. You have to drive through hundreds of miles of endless desert to reach glamis. Sierra club and some of its cronies came down there and petitioned to have a huge swath of the already tiny riding area closed off. I mean this is a desert that has almost no life forms at all except for a couple shrubs and bugs that you couldn't kill if you tried. I am a pretty environmental person, I recycle, do not buy water bottles, hope to see fuel cells and electric cars in the future, and was born in San Francisco. The area of Glamis where you can ride is a lot of fun, you could have a hundred thousand people kicking up sand all day on their bikes and rails, and with a 20 minute sand storm, it would look like no was has ever been there. That's the destruction, digging in sand that blows right back! The area closed off was for a scrub, that's fine, I seen the scrubs out there, there everywhere. Tough as nails too.
Most of this book is about California, where I live. Lots of the land that they talk about would not even be assessable if it was not for the funds that are paid by OHV registration. A dirt bike in ca is $45 a year, threes over 40 million people that live in CA. If only 10% had a bike, that would be $180million. I think that number is low, because even if it was 10% most bikers have more then 1 bike, atv, snow mobile. This money pays to restore trails, hire rangers (which if the registration money was not there we all know that CA cannot pay these ranger, and the environmentalist are sure not), clear downed trees (which a picture in the books shows as devastation, most likely natural causes), and pay for the upkeep of twice as many non-OHV trails then OHV. That's right, more of the registration money is spent on trails where OHV are not allowed, like the beaches around CA, anything that is apart of California national parks, ever seen a dirt biker tearing it up at Yosemite?
The amount of OHV area in CA and all the states in this book is very small. I have to drive several hours to reach a park where I can ride. I drive though thousand of acres of public non-ohv protected land to ride on OHV trails. This book makes it look like we are out of control, riding everywhere. That is non-sense, there are only a handful of areas in all of California that you're allowed to ride, and even at these areas you have to stay on the trail. The trail may go through a whole forest, but the whole forest is not subject to these "crazy bikers". This book is printed to excite the emotions of people that do not visit these areas. I have had this argument with environmentalist before, I always ask have you been here or their, any of these place that you aim to protect? Most cannot give me one single location, but they are so sure at these mysterious locations there is destruction. I have been riding at Cow Mountain OHV for almost 30 years, since I first road there till today it looks the exact same. Most of the area is virgin forest, cris-crossed with trails. If people litter out there, most people will pick it up. If people are seen littering they are scowled at by bikers and campers. Why, because people lover this area. This book tries to make all these thrill seekers out as big, nasty litterbugs. What a crock, go to any of these areas, and you would be lucky to find any trash. If you do, then pick it up.
If the publishers of this book are so worried about the environment and the well being of the world and its inhabitants, then why was the book printed in China? This book was printed thousand of miles from the United States, that's a lot of fuel and waste to bring it to our shores. And the country that printed it has the worst humanitarian record on the planet. Wow, what garbage.
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geezer, November 20, 2007 (view all comments by geezer)
The time for unlimited off-road "thrillcraft" has come and gone. Right now ORV groups are fighting against modest restrictions proposed by the US Forest Service for national forests all over the West. This book documents the damage these vehicles do. It will help everyone who is trying to curtail that damage.
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Wuerthner, George
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Wilderness areas
Environmental Studies-Environment
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