Tom McClintock is a friend of recreation
A Letter From California Congressman Tom McClintock.
I write with an update on the increasingly severe exclusionary policies practiced by the Forest Service on our public lands, specifically the recently promulgated Plumas Travel Management Plan.
This plan further blocks access to and restricts parking on existing roads and trails, making it much more difficult to camp, collect firewood and otherwise pursue sustainable use of the public land. A generation ago, we recognized that public lands should be managed for the benefit of the public and, as a result, our forests and economy prospered. However, in recent years, the Forest Service has assumed the radical role of keeping the public off federal land. I have met with the Chief of the Forest Service several times to discuss this issue and, despite assurances to the contrary, the new Plumas Travel Management Plan continues this trend.
You may find a copy of my most recent letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell regarding the Plumas Travel Management Plan here. Also, I recently introduced legislation with Congressman Wally Herger to prohibit funding for the Forest Service to implement these new rules until they have been re-written from the standpoint of facilitating access to public lands.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future regarding this or any issue that concerns you or your family. I also invite you to visit my Web site, www.mcclintock.house.gov, where you can stay up-to-date on events in Washington, view my voting record, and sign up for my monthly newsletter.