It is clear that Toyota's donation of $20 million dollars was done in good faith, but it is the recipent of that donation that has wheelers concerned. Recently the Audubon Society sued the NPS over Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, with the intent of shutting of access to wheelers and putting an economy and people's livleihoods in jeapordy. Essentially wheelers are concerned that Toyota has just donated money to help an extremist environmental group take away an area where Toyota products, as well as all types of vehicles, are enjoyed.
We'll let you make your own conclusions from Toyota's official blog and the comments that can be found on it.
One thing we can say is there are some very passionate and educated folks, who are posting very thoughfully written comments over there and we thought you should know about it.
Land use is a major issue, and as more lands are taken away, precedents are set. Even if you are not from North Carolina, this DOES affect YOU! Please at least read up on it and educate yourselves to our cause of responsible motorized recreation. For more information on one of the organizations fighting to keep your lands open, check out the Outer Banks Preservation Society. This is their web site: www.obpa.org
--Sean P. Holman
Tech Editor - Four Wheeler Magazine