Give and take is key with Forest Plan |

Give and take is key with Forest Plan

Tim Davidson, Dillon

I would like to complement Currie Craven, president of the Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, on his reaction to the revised White River National Forest Plan. Currie noted the plan was intended to be a compromise. This kind of intelligent response to the plan is refreshing, especially considering the responses of the other environmentalists the Summit Daily News polled for reaction.

I find it interesting Colorado Wild seemed to dislike every aspect of the plan (except the additional wilderness). I guest that if they don’t get everything they want, they get “screwed.”

Most people understand the Forest Plan is a process of give and take. And, while Colorado Wild did not get to straightjacket the ski areas into their current boundaries, the forest is getting new proposed wilderness areas and additional restrictions on some forms of recreation. This kind of give and take is what compromise is really all about. It is too bad that extremist groups like Colorado Wild cannot understand this give and take. The good news is that groups like Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness do.

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