Locals react to logging road closure plan
Tuesday, January 16, 2001

By Roger Harnack

Clallam County, WA - In Olympic National Forest, approximately 2,900 miles of road would fall under the program, said Tim McNulty, vice president of Olympic Park Associates, an advocacy group dedicated to ``protecting'' public lands.

A plan to eliminate half of the existing ``old'' logging roads nationwide is prompting reaction locally.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck recently unveiled his plan to eliminate half of the nation's old logging roads in the next 20 years. Nationwide, the plan would affect approximately 380,000 miles of roads no longer used for logging.
Dombeck called on forest supervisors to begin surveying old logging roads and to plan to meet with the public to discuss the project.
While Olympic National Forest officials prepare to survey the logging road system, some residents have already made up their minds about the plan.
``Probably half the roads have already been closed or destroyed,'' said Stan Fouts, a retired Forest Service engineer and a forester opposed to closing logging roads. ``We lose the ability to manage the forests when we lose our roads.''
McNulty disagreed.

from Peninsula Daily News, 1/16/01

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