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Jarhead
October 6th, 2009, 10:26 AM
From the UFWDA Delegate mailing list:

Comments by Scott Fitzwilliams, new White River Forest Supervisor in the Aspen Daily

Go here to read more.
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20091004/ASPENWEEKLY/910029983/1078/NONE&parentprofile=1078

"In the White River National Forest, he sees some of the same old battles being fought. For example, conservationists are making a big effort in the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign to add 400,000 acres of specially protected lands in Colorado. The majority of those lands, but not all of them, are on the White River. Fitzwilliams would like to redirect that effort into on-the-ground projects, like watershed restoration.

“Making everything Wilderness, or 400,000 acres of Wilderness, I just don't think that's a priority right now,”he said. “The forest is in pretty darn good shape.

“To me, the conservation challenge of the next century is not should we make it Wilderness or not, or should we lease it (for natural gas development) or not, or should this little area be open to ATVs,” he said. “The battle is how are we going to collaboratively grow and prosper.”

He wants the White River staff and the people in the communities surrounded by the national forest to set their sights on bigger issues, like the health of the national forest and the private lands it borders."

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WhiteRhino
October 6th, 2009, 10:35 AM
Gee, someone using common sense.

On that note, what happened with the vote on Moab?

Jarhead
October 6th, 2009, 03:27 PM
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On that note, what happened with the vote on Moab?

After looking here and there, the only thing I have been able to find (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r111:14:./temp/~r1118Dfh0G::) says nothing:


MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 86, To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by bringing the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands; H.R. 118, To authorize the addition of 100 acres to Morristown National Historical Park; H.R. 1925 , America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009; H.R. 2689, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, as a unit of the National Park System; H.R. 2781, To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; and H.R. 2888, Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from Senators Hatch, and Robert F. Bennett of Utah; Representatives Matheson, Perriello, Schrader and Campbell; Robert V. Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Joel Holtrop, D1123Deputy Chief, Forest Service, National Forest System, USDA; Gregory Bell, Lieutenant Governor of Utah; and public witnesses.

It appears a hearing was held, no decisions were made.

T-way
October 6th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Wow! It seems that this guy actually CAN see the forest for the trees!!!!

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