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Crooked River work to affect handicapped access to forest

Letter: Leonard Wallace

In the Feb. 25 issue of the Free Press was an article entitled “Making it straight.” It stated that the Forest Service was going to straighten 10,000 feet of Crooked River under the false pretense of improving fish habitat. My problem with it is the fact that they reconstruct 10,000 feet of creek channel and supposedly do it legally, this will probably take more or less a year, during which sediment will flow down Crooked River the whole time. Yet I am handicapped and if I so much as cross any stream on my four-wheeler, I will be arrested and fined for polluting the stream. How come we have two sets of laws: the one the handicapped must obey, and yet the U.S.F.S. can do as they want.

Yes, the U.S.F.S . is trying everything they can to make it impossible or at least very expense for the handicapped to enjoy our national forest as we will also be arrested and fined if we get off the trails and roads they say we can use. They say we are tearing up too much ground, yet they can’t prove it or say what they are using for comparing our supposedly damage to. I would have a little trouble saying this when they so skillfully burn thousands of acres of the forest with wildfires that they won’t put out. Especially when common sense tells me they are doing everything possible to help the forest burn, and to also deny the handicapped access to the forest.

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is our forest’s worst enemy! No exception!

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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