[Cdt-l] harassment of hikers

Eric Whte ericshawwhite at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 2 11:52:43 CST 2009

How about sending this issue to the CDTA? I believe the general question is: Do CDT hikers still have hiking access to public lands that the BLM is leasing to ranchers in NM and elsewhere? 

--- On Mon, 11/2/09, Trekker4 at aol.com <Trekker4 at aol.com> wrote:

From: Trekker4 at aol.com <Trekker4 at aol.com>
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] harassment of hikers
To: KS1007 at aol.com, cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Monday, November 2, 2009, 12:10 PM

Legal question for all'a y'all:
    Is a BLM grazing lease similar to an apartment lease? If you lease an apartment, you have control and protections, against warrantless searches, trespass, etc. Is a BLM lease of public land only for grazing, but not control, against us hiker trash trespass, on the land not a public road? I understand that public roads are public; we have public roads through ranches here in Big Bend, but many ranchers gave up public maintenance to lock the gate at the highway. Keith, your email implies no trespass control. Do you or anyone have any legal input, just for the knowledge of it?  
Bob "Trekker"
Big Bend Desert Denizen, and...
Naturalized Citizen - Republic of Texas 

In a message dated 10/31/2009 1:40:24 A.M. Central Standard Time, ks1007 at aol.com writes:

I'd like to add my 2 cents worth to jonathan's and ron's entries
this year we have had about 21 thru hikers north and southbound come through on the columbus route - ron is the only one to have any problems - he was on a county road in the middle of nowhere and a rancher rolls up on him - he was not on the trail - of course, the rancher is going to be curious as to what you are doing there - in southern new mexico many ranchers lease BLM (federal) land - the ranchers think they own the land they are leasing - they don't - don't let this isolated incident scare you away from doing the columbus route - if you do run into a disgruntled rancher try to find out what ranch he is from and let me know - I will go out there and talk with them - like I said earlier this is one person out of 21- if you stay on the trail you are in the middle of nowhere and most likely will not be seen - one of the ranchers this past spring invited 2 nobo's to his house for dinner
any questions? 
trail angel
deming, NM

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