Obama Grizzly Plan Could Close 1,800 Miles of Roads, Campgro

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Obama Grizzly Plan Could Close 1,800 Miles of Roads, Campgro

Postby Todd » Wed May 06, 2009 11:25 pm

Protecting grizzlies could close campgrounds

Becky Kramer - The Spokesman-Review

Protecting grizzly bears across a 4,560-square-mile swath of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains will require closing hundreds of miles of backcountry roads used by hunters and huckleberry pickers, the Forest Service says.

Grizzlies need secure areas to avoid contact with people, according to a new agency report. Despite two-inch claws and a fierce reputation
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Postby Todd » Wed May 06, 2009 11:31 pm

Grizzly plan would shut roads
By The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Hundreds of miles of backcountry roads used by outdoor enthusiasts would be closed under a new federal plan to protect grizzly bears in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains that stretch from northeastern Washington to northwestern Montana.

The draft U.S. Forest Service proposal covers portions of the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Recovery Zones, two of the nation's six grizzly bear recovery areas. The Selkirk area covers parts of northeastern Washington and north Idaho. The Cabinet-Yaak zone covers parts of north Idaho and northwestern Montana.

The new environmental impact statement is the result of a decade of lawsuits by environmental groups that contend encounters with humans are a main cause of grizzly deaths. The bears are listed as a threatened species.

Public comment on the draft impact statement, which was released in late April, will be accepted through June 22. The Forest Service reviewed two alternatives. It said grizzlies would benefit most from barricading as much as 1,800 miles of Forest Service roads, erecting gates on as much as another 490 miles of roads and eliminating motorized use on 57 miles of trails.

But the service's preferred choice would block about 325 miles of road while reopening other roads for motorized travel. About 30 miles of trail would be closed to motorized use.

"The Forest Service preferred alternative doesn't do enough to help the grizzly and looks to be more supportive of the status quo than recovery of an endangered species," said Mike Petersen, executive director of the Spokane-based Lands Council, one of the groups that brought the lawsuits.

The more restrictive plan "would give a boost to grizzly recovery by restricting motorized travel in the most critical areas," Petersen said.

Before early European settlers drove bears to near extinction, there were an estimated 50,000 grizzlies in the western United States. Only about 1,500 remain, nearly half of them in Yellowstone National Park.

In 2006, about 46 grizzlies were believed to roam the Selkirk recovery zone and another 40 in the Cabinet-Yaak recovery zone.

The new plan covers 4,560 square miles of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains and would close roads to hunters, berry pickers and other users. The land includes parts of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, plus the Kootenai and Lolo national forests in Montana.

Since 1982, people have killed 87 grizzlies in the two recovery zones, the agency said. Most deaths occurred near roads.

Environmental groups sued the Forest Service, contending that the agency needed to restrict motor vehicle access to bear habitat to prevent human-bear encounters.

Under the more restrictive proposal, vehicle access to more than 22 developed recreation sites would be eliminated. That includes the day-use area at Roman Nose, a 7,221-foot peak in Idaho's Boundary County, plus six campgrounds, three boat ramps and three picnic areas in the Kootenai National Forest.

Snowmobile trails would be affected, because trail maintenance would be restricted during the summer months.

www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/0 ... rizzly.txt
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Postby Todd » Wed May 06, 2009 11:32 pm

Why would Obama or the other liberal environmental wackos care if roads and campgrounds are shut down?

These people have never set foot off of a city street and won't be satisfied until no one else can either....

Welcome to the Obamination.....
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Postby 41mag » Thu May 14, 2009 1:00 pm

They are not completely closing them as you suggest. You can still walk in or ride a horse in. (you know like they did before there was ATV's and such) I never get upset at all over areas being closed to ATV traffic as I feel they have no business there to begin with.
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Postby Todd » Thu May 14, 2009 9:06 pm

41mag wrote:They are not completely closing them as you suggest. You can still walk in or ride a horse in. (you know like they did before there was ATV's and such) I never get upset at all over areas being closed to ATV traffic as I feel they have no business there to begin with.


Yeah, those ATV riders don't pay taxes therefore have NO right to use public property. Especially public roads that enviroNuts and government employees are driving up and down in TRUCKS.
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