Sold out on forest road plan

February 26, 2008 12:00 am

To the editor:

I am real curious about the approach taken by Wallowa County and Baker County regarding the Travel Management Plan of the Wallowa-Whitman.

The Baker Committee recommends to close about 50 percent of the total number of miles of road in the WWNF (in Baker County) and Fred Warner (Baker County Commissioner) says "I think we've come up with a really good plan."

Giving up half the roads before we ever get to the table is not a good plan. I wonder what he thinks a bad plan would look like.

Wallowa County Commissioner Mike Hayward says, "If they don't do this travel management plan, come 2010 all roads on the National Forest will be closed: ML1, 2, 3, 4 and 5." Sounds like Chicken Little, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling." They will not close ML 2, 3, 4 and 5 roads. There is no deadline for this TMP. Where in the world are our Commissioners getting their information, or should I say misinformation? Maybe they both need to read the Federal Registry."

If we would have circulated a petition in Eastern Oregon that stated: "I am for giving away half the ML1 roads in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest," how many people do you think would have signed it?

We have a petition that states: "I am against any further road, trail, or usage restrictions in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest" and have over 6,000 signatures. Looks to me like we should all remember come elections, which Commissioners actually listened to the people.

Thank you, Union County, for listening.

Tork Ballard

Baker City