Fish & frogs
No visitors in some new Sequoia Kings Caves
restricting human users in certain bighorn sheep areas
no dogs in NPS areas
So reading the latest post on the meeting in Plumas County I'm thinking, well, OK, how would you run it?
So how about a SimOpenSpace game? Not sure where this would go or even how to go about it but how about this:
For Sale: 1200 square miles of solitude! Rich old coot seeking to sell his private Sierra ranch that starts at 3,000 feet near Swamp Creek east of Fresno and extends all the way over the Sierra Nevada to Lone Pine. This land has been in his family for generations and he's kept trespassers off with a shotgun, except for his fellow rich people who want to fish or hunt. He's selling it to the highest bidder. Developers and strip miners welcome!
Our story: In a last ditch effort to keep Consolidated Greed Heads & Strip Miners from buying it, the scruffy but plucky gang at High Sierra Topix gathers every single aluminum can from the highways of California and earns enough to buy it! Yay. We've saved it!! Now we're in charge.
Oh. We have to pay taxes on it to keep it. We also have to obey all state and federal laws and court decisions. (Editor's note: I did think about setting this back 100 years or so but that would add another layer of complication I thought best to avoid.. But if anyone wants to go that route, I'm not against it...).
Maybe some things to think about:
Who gets to use it?
Do we charge?
Just leave it alone and not touch anything?
Subdivide and sell lots in scenic places?
Let anyone do whatever they want as long as they pay an entry fee?
Turn it over to the dreaded guvment 'cause we don't want to pay taxes or can't come up with a way to get enough money?
Can people chop down trees? Hunt? Fish? Live there??
Protect from forest fires?
Can we introduce non-native species 'cause they're cute, taste good, are good hunting?
Just throwing this out there to try to get people thinking about specifics of what goes into managing (or not managing!) a large chunk of land.
Feel free to fine tune. Might be too weird but it would be interesting to see where it goes.
However, I'll set myself up (along with anyone else who wants to join in) to point out any consequences or the downstream effects of any proposed uses.