Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan Yanked
Created by Sarah Peters on April 20, 2012
This past week has been quite the ride for the folks who work on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The forest supervisor, in a surprise move, pulled her decision to implement a travel plan that wasn't perfect, by any stretch, but that had gone through seven years of public involvement. This included multiple open meetings, several opportunities to submit written comments, and countless hours of Forest Service staff time and money. This decision was apparently in response to rampant misinformation about the effects of the plan that resulted in heavy pressure from local residents, county commissioners, and some members of Oregon's congressional delegation.
Our friends at Hells Canyon Preservation Council had a great editorial published in the Oregonian, right before the decision was withdrawn, that attempted to diffuse some of the misinformation that was madly swirling around about the plan, to no avail. Another editorial, published Wednesday in the Wallowa County Chieftain, provides another view of the benefits of the travel plan.
With its decision to withdraw the travel plan made, the Forest Service will now hopefully take the opportunity to address some of the problems that all sides saw with the final plan, while not stepping back from sound resource management of the forest for both present and future generations.
(From WildlandsCPR Blog)
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