APNewsBreak: Forest Service pulls travel plan
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- A public uproar over plans to close thousands of miles of roads on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Eastern Oregon has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider.
A Forest Service spokesman said Tuesday that Northwest Regional Forester Kent Connaughton pulled the new travel management plan.
Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor Monica J. Schwalbach says in a letter there has been a lot of confusion over the closures, and taking more time to consider the issues will produce a better plan in the long run.
Faced with an explosion of off-road vehicle use that was harming wildlife and causing erosion, the Forest Service began a nationwide assessment of its roads in 2005.
Last month, the Wallowa-Whitman released a plan that closed 3,600 miles of roads out of a total of 9,000.