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Our Opinion: Forest Service ought to stop by Topaz Ranch Estates

Record-Courier editorial board

The U.S Forest Service’s deputy supervisor, Karen Shimamoto, stopped by the Carson Water Subconservancy District meeting Wednesday to outline the feds’ plans to control road building in the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest.

It’s not a popular topic in the Douglas County – or in any community in the forest region – and the message from the subconservancy district directors regarding the roadless issue was loud and clear: we don’t need regulations, nor do we want them.

Directors are concerned that this major proposal for more than half of the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest – 3.4 million acres – will have a negative impact on the people who live in Douglas and Alpine counties and use the forest for recreation and access.

Some aspects of the USFS plan are cause for concern. One of the biggest worries of the subconservancy directors, particularly those who serve on the Douglas County Commission, is that their constituents don’t know what is going on and can’t attend information sessions in places like Sparks and Markleeville.

Commissioner Bernie Curtis told Shimamoto to invite her supervisors down to the park building at Topaz Ranch Estates to explain the USFS proposal. We would echo that suggestion.

As Curtis explained, that forest is the backyard for many TRE and Topaz residents. Some are elderly and lack transportation.

Besides, every USFS official should be treated to some TRE hospitality. We predict the meeting would be well attended and the residents can be counted on to speak their minds.

Douglas and Alpine county residents deserve to have their say no matter what the Feds decided to do about the forest.