With access closed, how can USFS manage forests?

Letter: Leonard Wallace New Meadows

In regards to the article in the July 16 issue of the Idaho County Free Press, entitled “County lawsuit on hold as rec groups negotiate.” The recreationists want the motorized public off the national forest lands. They want it all to themselves. They do not believe in sharing. As a fact to illustrate this point, on the Payette National Forest, the motorized public are allowed to use according to the travel plan less than 10 percent of the 2.2 million acres in the Payette.

Which in turns means that anybody who can’t walk, for whatever the reason, — handicapped vet, senior citizen — is denied access to the general forest. They don’t care that motorized public is who built this access.

They say the motorized public is tearing up too much ground and destroying elk calving ground. If they can show me any damage that is two years old that is worse than a burn, which destroys everything period, I would like to see it.

If the Forest Service closes this access to the forest, how can they effectively manage the forest, to say nothing about getting fire engines and firefighters to a fire in timely manner? Maybe they don’t do this because this is what sets next year’s budget. Why can’t they manage the forests at a profit like we did back in the ‘50s and ‘60s because there is more money for forest personnel and the budget if it burns. It is not the government way to operate anything at a profit.

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is our forest’s worst enemy and our general economy’s worst enemy; no exceptions.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows

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