That is great article. Now they are going to decommission Astoria River too???? Looks like Rachel point about "any trail issue being convenient excuse to shut down the area" might be correct.
Speaking of Jasper NP, there is very exciting new guidebook coming up next spring
This is very contrasting situation -- in 1 hand official management letting many areas fall back into wilderness, and in the other outdoor enthusiasts opening up access to others very few knew about. Interest groups are probably not the same though