Letters to the Editor for Dec. 30, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers December 30, 2011 05:53 pm

Feds inundate us with plans


To the editor:

The release of the 1,800 pages of graphs, maps and new proposed resource areas was announced this past week in the Baker City Herald. You can expect the 1989 document with its amendments, to be replaced with one of the numbered new alternatives.

Resource management and travel management are not the same. BLM would like you to believe the focus on resource will not impact roads. The “no action” alternative best preserves the roads were presently travel and enjoy.

Currently, the public has two plans to deal with. The Forest Service Travel Management Plan and the recently released BLM Baker Resource Area Management Plan. On the heels of these two will be the Forest Service resource plan for the Blue Mountains, then the BLM with a Travel Management Plan. Is it intentional to overwhelm the public with these plans?

Fortunately Baker County has created a Natural Resource Committee to guard our best interests. The County Commission and the Resource Committee need to hear from you. Individuals need to make written comments to BLM and voice opinions.

Beginning Jan. 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Durkee Community Hall, the BLM will have a series of public meetings. Take time to be informed and attend the meetings, then follow up with written comments.

Wanda Ballard

Baker City