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Re: “Unhappy Camp

Open Letter from KS WIld So why do some people want a National Monument? Fire Have you noticed that the Siskiyou Crest is managed by three different National Forests with no unified plan for fire management? Often the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. During the Siskiyou/Blue Complex fire in 2008 more forest was lost to Forest Service burnouts and backburns than were lost to the lightning caused wildfire. Management was a mess. Local concerns were steamrolled by out-of-state incident teams. A Monument could provide funding for unified fire planning, fuels reduction, and response. Recreation Have you tried to drive to the trailheads at Thompson Creek or Bear Peak? Have you tried to hike overgrown trails like the route from Kelly Lake to Poker Flat? The Crest is an awesome place, but getting to the good spots gets harder every year. The Forest Service just doesn’t have the budge to maintain roads and trails. That’s a fact. Karuk Management Authority Much of the southern side of the Siskiyou Crest lies in the territory of the Karuk Tribe. They have had thousands of years to develop a relationship and an understanding of this landscape in a way that no one else can claim. Their Department of Natural Resources has a smart and forward-thinking vision for managing and restoring this land, and yet the Forest Service largely ignores their responsibility to involve the Karuk in land use decisions. We want to see that relationship change. We believe their restoration vision should be the law of the land, and a monument designation could accomplish this. Grazing We won’t sugarcoat it. Irresponsible grazing on the Crest is a big problem for a lot of people. Many of the high elevation meadows, creeks and springs are trashed. Cows from the Rogue-Siskiyou trespass on allotments in the Klamath, cows from the Klamath trespass onto allotments on the Rogue-Siskiyou. A lot of Crest visitors don’t like it when every meadow is trampled and every creek is full of cow crap. Don’t Believe the Hype. Environmentalists aren’t going to win any popularity contests in Siskiyou County. We’re fine with that. But we’d like to work with people to figure out ways to make things better for the people and animals that rely on the Siskiyou Crest. A Monument won’t take anyone’s private property. A Monument won’t impact hunting, fishing, or firewood. A Monument won’t shut down any main roads or stop all timber sales. We don’t think that the Forest Service or the Siskiyou County Commissioners have a plan to deal with fire, recreation, or grazing issues on the Crest. We do have a plan. It’s a work in progress and we’re open to ideas on how to make our Forests work for everyone. Sincerely, KS Wild and friends.

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Posted by Crystal Clear on 10/19/2010 at 10:02 AM

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