County measure opposes Gila road plan

County measure opposes Gila road plan

There are 5 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Feb 25, 2011, titled County measure opposes Gila road plan. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

After hearing two related presentations and comments that ran the gamut from several residents, the Grant County Commission passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Forest Service to leave trails and roads in the Gila Forest alone until the department does its homework.

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Jeff

Silver City, NM

#1 Feb 27, 2011
It is about time that we have a county commission that supports the interest of the majority in the county, not necessarily those who have the extra time on their hands to be the most vocal. I think everyone who has commented on this fiasco called a Travel Management Plan can agree that something needs to be done to help protect the land for future generations, but it is a breath of fresh air to see a commission stand up to the Forest Circus and tell them that they cannot present us with cookie cutter information and expect people to make an "informed" decision. Kudos to the Commissioners, especially Kasten and Ramos, for voicing the opionion of the majority.
James K

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Feb 27, 2011
Jeff wrote:
It is about time that we have a county commission that supports the interest of the majority in the county, not necessarily those who have the extra time on their hands to be the most vocal. I think everyone who has commented on this fiasco called a Travel Management Plan can agree that something needs to be done to help protect the land for future generations, but it is a breath of fresh air to see a commission stand up to the Forest Circus and tell them that they cannot present us with cookie cutter information and expect people to make an "informed" decision. Kudos to the Commissioners, especially Kasten and Ramos, for voicing the opionion of the majority.
I agree great job!!
Barbra Stanislaus

Silver City, NM

#3 Feb 28, 2011
I would like Mr. Kasten's response in regards to best available science. What are resources does he feel are not being managed according to the best available science and could he please cite articles supporting his claims by author, title, publication and year.
wow

Silver City, NM

#4 Feb 28, 2011
Barbra Stanislaus wrote:
I would like Mr. Kasten's response in regards to best available science. What are resources does he feel are not being managed according to the best available science and could he please cite articles supporting his claims by author, title, publication and year.
Hmmmmm.....well after reading your post about 4 times I still can't figure out what it is you are actually trying to say. Basically if they want to put restrictions on our forest then maybe we as the public have the right for the studies they base their information on to come from our forest. Alot of the "science" used in the TMP is based on forests in other areas of the U.S. not the Southwest. How can they accurately say that a study done on a forest in Oregon justifies actions taken in the Gila??
Barbra Stanislaus

Silver City, NM

#5 Mar 1, 2011
In response to the above comment, let me further explain. By stating that he does not beleive that the forest is using the best available science, it implies to me that Mr. Kasten knows of sources that are more relevant to management for this area than those being used. Being interested myself in the best available science I would very much like Mr. Kasten to share his sources with me. If the sources used by the forest, though for different parts of the country, are the only material available regarding management of the resources in question, then, in fact, though not as pertinent as one would hope, it is still the best science available given that there is not more regionally specific information. I could not tell from the article what was being contested in the current preferred alternative. Was he debating that not enough roads were being closed? not enough roads were being kept open? By viewing the source materials upon which he based his opinions, I could have a better idea of what his and the county's issue with the plan was exactly.

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