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Page 2 Forest Service road policies are not based on science alone Dear Editor, Part II of the Forest Roads article raised an issue that has con- cerned people of the communities. That topic is the obliteration of "Old Grown-in Roads" by the Forest Service. Your article indicated the agency's need for such actions are based on Total Soil Resources Commitment (TSRC). It's another required ele- ment in that 4 lb. Forest Land Management Plan. The plan requires a spe- cific level of TSRC per square mile (640 acres). The concern start- ed with the timber industry in the 1950's. Weyerhauser Co. was concerned about timber production land lost to roads and other long- term land allocation. They did broad range, intensive reviews of many impacts to deter- mine the influence on the company in the future. During the 1960's "tim- ber wars" that followed, national environmental groups recognized this kind of assessment as a potential surrogate, a means to control roads, hence logging and other things they disliked. It has morphed into the element it is today which the Payette Forest dealt with in litigation. Meanwhile environ- mental groups insisted general goals be estab- lished for TSRC. The goal, 1.7 miles of road per square mile, is one general goal. Yes, cur- rently many National Forest areas exceed that, but the Forest Plan directions are to work toward that level. Is it reasonable? No, on most mountainous dis- sected terrain only one road would be allowed to access a one square mile area. Rigidly fol- lowed, other roads would be temporary, requiring construction and oblit- eration at every har- vest treatment entry. Fortunately, to date, there is some negotiable room to work around the arbitrary standard. The concept of recovery for TSRC seems inappro- priately applied when old roads are occupied by trees, shrubs, grass and forbs mimicking the sur- rounding vegetation. The root configuration issue of "j" rooting of trees in closed roads seems a red herring. After digging many trees in reforesta- tion, genetic tests, wild- life projects and other similar studies, it is dif- ficult to accept the con- Wednesday, March 2 i, 2012 trary information report- ed. Most soil compaction long-term studies sub- stantiate the recovery and amelioration occur- ring through many nat- ural processes such as freeze-thaw cycles in 50 years or less. If roads appear recovered, why would the FS argue to re-open the road for excavator destruction of the prism and the result- ing sediment increases? Follow the money; road mileage reduction is a funded Forest Service priority, and budgets reflect increased money. Would you as the land- owner do this work with your own money? It doesn't pass the smell test for me. ~.o~ ~a~iLton State legislature and Laaa abdicate duty to properly fired schools Dear Editor, Do Idahoans expect the legislature to live up to the constitutional man- date to provide qual- ity education? Tuesday's local district levy override elections should leave no doubt as to the answer. The overwhelming fail- ure of many local school override levies should be a warning to state deci- sion makers and a mes- sage to voters. Ignoring research and proven practice, Luna and the Idaho legislature have failed miserably to pro- vide the support needed for effective schools. Public schools and higher education are non-partisan responsibil- ities of all the people. All the people benefit from quality education and all the people are the state. Luna and the legislature have abdicated their duty to have the state properly fund schools and have dumped school costs on the limited resourc- es of local districts. It is complete irresponsi- bility by the legislature and state superintendent In a time of economic struggle. Luna and the majority party leader- ship have embarked on a calculated effort to over- load teachers, dismantle public schools, encour- age segregation and elit- ism and funnel off most of the education budget to profit-making enter- prises. It's a clear case of 'crony' capitalism. Will the people permit this self-centered, power hungry effort to contin- ue? Voters need to step forward, change the com- plexion of the legislature and retract the senseless Luna laws on November 6. TrI~Vi~ Manning, EX~c~tlve Director, ~v~o~rI~c~ Fo~cndatlon Caldw~ll The Adams County Record Zollman is my choice Dear Editor, Having lived in Council for most of the past 42 years I can say I have never seen so much interest from people run- ning for a political office. We have 5 men running for the office of Adams County Sheriff. I have known Mark Edwards and Vern Ludwig for forty-two years because I had them in school. Both are men of integrity and life long members of the community. (Mark has worked in Oregon in the prison system.) I have known Walt Okamoto as a police offi- cer, neighbor' and sub at the school. He is a man with police experi- ence and a proven con- cern for the communi- ty. I do not know Don Allen but hope to listen to him and get to know his views on law enforce- ment through debates or public forums. I have worked exten- sively with Ryan Zollman on the substance abuse prevention program and as the school resource officer. He is con- cerned about our com- munity, particularly our youth. He is Idaho Post Certified, and has addi- tional training in a vari- ety of law enforcement areas. As I am looking at the vote I will cast in May I know experience and training will great- ly affect my choice. If I am ill, I will seek a well trained doctor rath- er than one willing to train. If I want a house designed I will seek an architect and builder who have experience and training in designing and building homes rather than one with a desire to start building. As I vote for sheriff I will choose the candidate with the most training and expe- rience rather than one wanting to serve, or one who will have to train for the job at county expense. My vote will go to Ryan Zollman when I go to the poll in May. Fran o0den Mesa Accent the positive, not the negative Dear Editor, Come on Adams County residents. The mean, bitter verbalizing about the candidates makes us sound like the national mess. "He's not from here." "He's part of the problem." "He's too old." "He hasn't any experience." Don't get angry about the other guy, brag up the one you favor. Point out the good things; the bad will take care of themselves. This mean stuff has made enemies of friends of mine. They should apologize and grow up. _oy E tLi k CounciL Continued from front page by Council School District. The used bus was purchased by the Assembly Church for youth activities, and is in excellent condition with less than 90,000 miles. Outpost #9 of the Royal Rangers is now meeting in their new headquarters, which is located in the Bible Church building behind Napa Auto Parts. Thanks to the Lyttle family and the Bible Church board who have made this building available for the Rangers to use. It has a gymnasium, kitchen, classrooms and chapel, and will be perfect for Ranger meetings and activities. Also, many thanks to John and Gretchen Moon for the kind donation of a new ping pong table; and Nancy's Hair Den, anonymous donors in the community, and to those Ranger parents who donated funds, food and firewood for our Winter Camp. The Royal Rangers will be holding a "Man Stuff Yard Sale" planned for May 5th to raise money for uniforms and Summer Camp. They are looking for donations of clean, usable items for sale that would appeal to men of all ages. Items needed are tools, hunting and fishing gtar, camping equipment, horse tack and packing gear, camo clothing and other manly things that would appeal to manly men. No dishes, dolls, baby clothes or china on Highway 9'5, or callif you wish to make a knick-knacks please. Pastor Geoff to schedule charitable donation Donations can be a pickup. If you would to Outpost #9, please taken to Luke Riehle's h~ke more information contact Pastor Geoff at Custom Leather shop on Royal Rangers, or 253-0222 or 741-0930. 7 RIVERS .LIVESTOCK COMMISSION 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. Emmett, Idaho 83617 Office: 208-365-4401 Sale Day Tuesday at Noon Make the difference VOTE Ryon Adams County Sheriff Experience with Commitment & Honesty Paid for by Ryan Zollman for Sheriff, R. Kilborn, Treasurer 24 hour towing and roadside service! 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