Protecting Our National Forests

Greater protection for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests’ http://goo.gl/2iFZQu

These mountain ranges in our National Forests are an amazing place to backpack and hike. I have camped/car camped and been in the wilderness back country, just as recently as last year. I have been writing letters to the government on their master plans for the National Park Service going back to the 1980’s. I also wrote letters and commented on the 10 cycle of master plan modifications. I used to get a stack of books for each park area about 1 foot high. I could then read the sections I was personally interested in and put in my 2 cents. The resources are varied with differential needs from humans to wildlife, protected resources, fire control, and global warming. The master plans address all these issues and many more. We cannot hope for others to do all the work.

Right now, there are decisions being made for greater protection of the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests’. Even though I do not want more control over my actions in the park, such as; permits, and bigger crowds, I know with the expansion of our local population these mountain ranges need better controls to keep up with maintenance, security, information to its users, and a host of other benefits that come with national status, including funding resources. These controls would also keep the forests’ from development.

Follow the link above to tell the National Parks Service how you feel about these issues. We must participate or accept what the final master plans dictate. In this participatory country my choice is to participate!