USFS improperly created de facto wilderness

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Mr. Thacker, the only reason “you” keep hearing from the wilderness “opposers” is that “you” continue your campaign to lock up the forest and restrict people. We continue to see wilderness propaganda even though “you” lost the vote last year. We continually see misinformation posted about the reasons for wilderness. The wilderness laws state exactly what could happen if the designation was granted. The “opposers” have yet to hear credible evidence as to why the area requires designation. The only threat to the area is from the hordes of visitors that use the trails now that it’s been popularized. Popularity has become its enemy; the trail was shut down due to visitors feeding goats and goats injuring hikers. This is something that had never occurred in the centuries past, until “you” made it popular.

The proposed Scotchman wilderness may have been 1 percent of Bonner County, but it was certainly not 1 percent of all public lands in Bonner County. The opposers have no reason to believe this wasn’t a “foot in the door” for the Y to Y or any other plan.

Mr. Thacker repeats the misinformation that wilderness restrictions were put in place after the 1987 Forest Plan, when they were actually put in place after the 2015 Forest Plan. Prior to that, snowmobiles, chainsaws, etc were allowed in the roadless area. It is a roadless area, not a designated wilderness. The Forest Service created de facto wilderness at Scotchman in 2015, even though only Congress can designate wilderness.

RUSSELL SCHENCK

Clark Fork

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