USFS Continues to Close Roads, Camp Sites, Limit Public Access, Use and Enjoyment

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USFS Continues to Close Roads, Camp Sites, Limit Public Access, Use and Enjoyment

Post by Admin on Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:57 am

Hey Gold Adventurers...

Yep. Under Obama and his Dept of Interior, which oversees the USFS & BLM & USFWS, we continue to see nothing but more attacks on us the prospecting, hunting, camping public in the name of extreme environmentalism... Always some toad or weed that's "endangered" or "threatened" as an excuse for locking up zillions of acrea of OUR public lands...

Here's just one more local example this week, from my local Chaffee County Times, of the Forest Service installing yet another gate and fencing to keep us from accessing our public lands.

They are closing off disbursed camp sites too, no doubt to run us off our public lands and cram us all into fee for service campgrounds, so they can milk us the public for yet more money, despite the fact we fund the USFS at $5 billion a year already. It's OUR land, not their land.

We need anyone and everyone to contact their Congressmen and Senators and demand they help us reign in the USFS & BLM, get this idiotic "300 foot" rule killed, reopen the gates and remove the boulders they place blocking our access and help us, the public, get back onto OUR public lands, camp where we want, not where the USFS dictates.

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http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/dispersed-camping-areas-scrutinized-by-u-s-forest-service/article_a55a987c-7926-11e5-bcd1-6f48ebb84cdc.html

Dispersed camping areas scrutinized by U.S. Forest Service

Salida Ranger District closing ‘unauthorized routes’ that exceed Forest Service 300-foot rule

Photo courtesy Billy Kreger
Closed route
A popular camping spot near Aspen Ridge was closed earlier this fall. The unauthorized route west of FSR 185 is now part of Browns Canyon National Monument, but was targeted for closure during a 2010-11 survey of Forest Service lands in the Salida Ranger District.
Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 10:47 am, Fri Oct 23, 2015.
Dispersed camping areas scrutinized by U.S. Forest Service Mason Miller, Times reporter | 0 comments

Salida Ranger District has been actively closing off dispersed camping sites east of U.S. 285 in Fourmile Travel Management Area including Aspen Ridge and Chubb Park, along with areas in Mineral Basin.

District ranger Jim Pitts said the U.S. Forest Service took an inventory between 2010 and 2011 and noted road conditions and dispersed camping sites throughout the Salida District’s jurisdiction.

Pitts said the Forest Service then compared that inventory with the district’s motor vehicle use map and has been closing off dispersed camping sites that exceed the 300-foot rule from existing forest service or county roads.

“It’s a phased process,” Pitts said. “We don’t have the physical manpower to go out and close every illegal route in one year. We take it section by section.”

Dispersed camping sites need to be within 300 feet of legalized motor vehicle routes to prevent disproportionate impact on public lands, Pitts said.

“If you could drive everywhere, people would do it,” Pitts said. “You can probably get a picture of what that would look like, right?”

He said the Forest Service wasn’t closing off these dispersed camping areas to push users towards paid FS camping sites. Some users don't believe this is the case.

“We promote access to public lands and dispersed camping sites are part of that,” Pitts said. “We just want to make sure we manage those dispersed camping sites. People use them for years and they get pounded.”

Pitts said that he does expect some user conflicts in the future because people have been using those dispersed camping sites for years, but said the routes leading to many of those areas are not part of the district’s motor vehicle map and are not legal camping sites.

The Forest Service has also been closing dispersed camping sites around Mineral Basin that are impacting the endangered boreal toad population.

“Adjacent dispersed camping specifically tied to critical wildlife territory breeding grounds are being closed off to improve water quality and to protect that habitat,” Pitts said.
The boreal toad is presently listed as an endangered species in New Mexico and Colorado and is a protected species in Wyoming, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


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Re: USFS Continues to Close Roads, Camp Sites, Limit Public Access, Use and Enjoyment

Post by russau on Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:11 pm

yep things are-a-poppin all over our Country! and all thanks to the wacoenviromentalists!

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Post by Admin on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:32 pm

Russ,

Yep... Just criminal. Speaking of criminals....Kalifornia Senator Feinstein is trying hard now to get Obama to remove over 1 million acres in Southern Kalifornia from access, use, mining, prospecting by getting Obama to use his "pen" to designate 3 new national monuments.

The eco-Nazis want to drive us all off OUR public land even more. NO doubt Obama will do it... He's already locked up over 260 millions acres by designating or expanding like 19 NMs to date. He's promised us all "I am not finished"...

He designated the San Gabriel NM there to the North of the LA basin in Kalifornia recently to drive us prospectors/miners off the land. Criminal...

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Post by russau on Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:11 am

Yep I read that and saw it on TV recently! all the more reason to get the damocrats out of office and power! Beginning in California! and hopefully the rep. get into office and change some of these past ideas to our way of thinking! BUT there again Bush and Swartzenagger didn't do much for us either! the good people of our Country just don't want to get involved with anything that involves ANY work or thinking!

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