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Reviled by environmentalists as noisy and destructive, ATVs win praise in disaster relief
BETHEL, Vt. (AP) ' Along Riford Brook Road in the Vermont hamlet of Braintree, all-terrain vehicles have been the workhorses this week, ferrying food, water and medicines to residents who can't climb down and back up the ladders now placed where bridges used to be.
The ATVs are reviled by many environmentalists for the noise and erosion they can cause in sensitive forest ecosystems ' and they're about to be banned from state land by the administration of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. But since Tropical Storm Irene, ATVs and their riders have been coming to the rescue this week as Vermont struggles to recover from the widespread flooding.
The state's Natural Resources Secretary, Deb Markowitz, says there's a time and a place for ATVs, and this was definitely one of them.