To the Members of FAFA and 418 folks following the Facebook page thank you for taking the time keep up to date with the activities on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest (WWNF). We’d like to take the time to acknowledge our appreciation for the board members of FAFA and all the hard work they put into keeping up on not only travel management but the larger managerial decisions currently taking place on the forest that impact our communities and families, without their tireless vigilance we would have a completely different looking forest today from an access standpoint.
I would also like to ask that you consider attending the Wallowa Whitman Forest Collaborative (WWFC) meetings each month in La Grande. This group will be taking on forest management projects so long as its meeting, you/our participation in those discussions is crucial to saving our access to what few areas are left on the WWNF to get to through motorized means.
It should be clarified that the WWFC will not be taking up Travel management in the larger context of the forest policy on motorized use or “cross country travel.” However, currently there are discussions as to rather they will or will not being addressing road closures on a project by project basis, which equates to travel management (closing roads) on a project by project basis, via support of the collaborative group, if it is deemed necessary by them.
Our friends in the timber, livestock, and mining industries need the support of the mechanic, truck driver, school teacher, city council woman/man, store cleric, high school/college student, restaurant owner, store keeper, ranch hand, sawmill employee etc. to attend these meetings and say enough is enough. Please, if you have time once a month attend, our county officials believe we are fine with closing more roads in order to get a short term “vegetation management” project out of the woods. We can still get products out of the woods with our current roads in place, but only through the greater population of Eastern Oregon voicing our concerns and not being complacent to someone else making those decisions for us. We need to let them know we want logging, but not at the cost of losing one more road to the wilderness agenda that is being forced upon us.
Again, you’re participation is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a productive summer on this issue with y’all.
If ever you have questions or concerns, please feel more than welcome to message FAFA though the website or Facebook and we will do our best to assist you.