- Apr 21, 2001
- Rural mountains - Colorado
- Kubota M59, JD530, JD310SG. Restoring Yanmar YM165D
Could not agree more. I was blown away by silt fencing the uphill side of my property with a ton of plastic that will all go to the landfill. All in a county where it’s illegal to use a plastic bag. Government run astray in many circumstances.
A lot of the central mountains of Colorado where we live is National Forest land dotted with what used to be farms - which now has become divided into 5 acre building lots with lots of building regulations intertwined with trout streams and wildlife of all kinds. It sounds as though your area South of Seattle may be similar.
All the forest regulations and hoops to jump through sure do make what could be an easy home building job really difficult to do. No question or debate about that. But after getting through it all and living here for awhile, I came to realize that most of the regulations were simply an effort to what made people want to live here in the first place. And although I hated those requirements while building, after a few years I began to see the sense in it all.
Eventually the more stupid regs - like your poorly defined silt fencing and similar legislative screwups become standing jokes and targets for change. With any luck the good regs will remain while the others change. And it won't surprise me at all if ten years from now you end up being glad you made the effort to look out for the future. I know I am.