'We need to move from the us vs. them mentality'
| February 3, 2012 12:23 PM
The Jan. 27 article entitled,
“Residents voice Plan concerns,” was a shortsighted account of the
Forest Service’s open-house forum on their Revised Forest
It failed to mention the extent of issues the
Revised Plan encompasses and instead focused on a single-sided
viewpoint concerning multiple-use recreation.
The article then quickly boiled down the
comprehensive document into its four alternatives and solicited
opinions from those in support of alternative D while failing to
mention the representation of others in attendance.
The Draft Plan outlines
long-range goals in an attempt to strike a balance between values,
products and uses within the physical and biological capabilities
of the land.
With the Revised Plan, the USFS has taken
complex management directions and produced an organized document
that is very approachable when compared to the existing ’87
Attempts to encapsulate the
intricacies of this document into an abridged debate between
recreation users is damaging not only to the process of Plan
Revision but also to this community.
It frames the Revised Plan in a way that
defeats all of work accomplished at the public workshops (21
meetings that took place in our community during the scoping
process, which started in April ‘02) - long hours spent with
diverse interests, hashing-out disagreements.
Also missing was the fact that
the USFS has an obligation to repair decades of oversight regarding
But throughout the process, the public has to
find a way forward and is in need of encouragement, not more
No matter what interest at stake
on the forest, it’s not a perfect Draft Plan.
But it does offer a contemporary approach to
forest management for the modern times in which we
We need to move from the “us vs. them”
mentality and into the collective stewardship of our forested