Disappointed in Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest draft decision

By Kathy Mcallister, Chris McCarthy-Ryan, Deb Gale & Kari Gunderson
The Missoulian
January 2, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…To say we are disappointed in this draft decision is a huge understatement. Our concerns are specific to the proposed management of the Hoodoo Roadless Area; commonly known as the Great Burn. …It is only a matter of time before the Great Burn will be permanently designated wilderness, unless a USFS decision jeopardizes its future. Sadly, we’re afraid that time has come. …The decision proposes snowmobiling and mountain biking in some of the wildest parts of the Great Burn as well as in areas where it will be next to impossible to keep snowmobilers from trespassing onto the LNF where snowmobiling is prohibited. …To appease a handful of elite high-mark snowmobilers and snowbikers who have been illegally snowmobiling in areas of the Great Burn that have been closed to snowmobiling and snowbiking since 1986.

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