With such a financial bind the U.S.Forest Service is in, why is closing and decommissioning roads such an important factor for their management of our public lands? A forest supervisor admitted earlier this year the current (pre-Travel Management Plan) road system is a large factor in quick and successful initial attacks on fires in his forest. Several firefighters have stated how roads make their job easier. Roads are even used as part of fire lines. Roads are having to be reopened and re-closed for fire response.
Is closing, opening and re-closing roads a good use of tax dollars? Are new bills in Congress intended to pay for these decisions? The issue isn’t a lack of funding, it’s a lack of efficient use of the funds.
The ideology of closing off public lands is a dream. The reality is financial situations, public safety and reality is that these lands were intended to support local economies. Without logging, restoration and without active management, we will continue to choke on more smoke and burn up more tax dollars on idiotic actions like I explained above. Eventually there won’t be communities to protect from fires and the Forest Service won’t need to exist anymore.
Donald George, Boise