Letters and comments for April 17, 2012

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Letters and comments for April 17, 2012

Keep forest roads open 

 

To the Editor:

I am over 72 years old and have lived in La Grande my entire life. It was enjoyable living here with the thought that the land belonged to the people, that at any time we could travel through a forest and enjoy the peacefulness of a forest.

It seems we have sold most of the land to the U.S. Forest Service. We are now paying their wages to take care of the land. There is no money coming from selling trees, but they will charge a $5,000 fine and impound vehicles for anyone going onto the land. 

I have been in the woods enough to know ATVs or vehicles do not bother the game as much as the cougars, bears, coyotes and wolves. Probably why we have such a large deer population in town.

It seems like we are being punished for the actions of a few. Is it fair for the Forest Service to use vehicles if the population cannot?

Perhaps they too should opt to use bicycles or walk and not drive in the forest. 

We appreciate the fact that Mark Davidson feels like we do. It is a very upsetting situation to have our forests locked up, first by private owners and now the federal government.

LaVerne Locken

La Grande

 


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