Molly Pitts writes a letter

Editor’s note:  Published Feb. 18th, in the SUMMIT DAILY (Summit County, Colorado).


Mohawk Lake, Blue River region, Summit County, Colorado (PHOTO CREDIT:  by Adam Baker from Houston/Moscow/Toulouse, via Wikipedia)

By Adam Baker from Houston / Moscow / Toulouse (travel a lot) – MohawkUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0,

A recent article in the Summit Daily explained that due to budget cuts and an increase in the number of visitors, the White River National Forest is struggling to keep up with the demand and “do the job adequately.”

Although the article did a great job of explaining the issue: less money, fewer employees and ultimately more work; and briefly discussed the forest fire funding issue, the article didn’t fully address the nature of the agency’s chronic budget problems. The reality is the US Forest Service used to be able to fund a variety of programs, including recreation and roads, thanks to revenues generated through active forest management.  (continue reading at source)

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