Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shasta County Asks Congress for Help in Coordination and Improved Communication with FS

Signed/Mapped Jeep Road to Historic Lookout Closed by TMR

For a number of months, HQ has encouraged federal agencies and county governments to try and “find a way forward” as a vehicle to address a lot of the recent TMR-related closure issues.

HQ has suggested on numerous occasions that the various stakeholders enter into a genuine collaborative process where folks are treated with respect and where users and access-oriented county officials are not summarily dismissed by the federal government as uniformed, ignorant, and unimportant.

On July 1, HQ posted a blog that highlighted where the collaborative process has worked more or less. One such example cited was on the Inyo NF.

July 1 Collaborative Blog

Since that time, another FS/County/Recreation/Enviro collaborative process has been productive (helped along by a lawsuit filed by access groups) and that is in Del Norte County.

Story on Access Miracle in Del Norte County

HQ believes that Shasta County’s recent request to Congressman Herger for him to facilitate coordination and improved cooperation between the county and the Forest Service could lay the foundation for a future stakeholder process where problems and solutions could be discussed.

January 11, 2011 Shasta County Letter to Congressman Herger

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and efforts on behalf of responsible access to public lands.

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