Tipton Stresses Need for Public Input on Forest Plan

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed the need for legislation to require the Forest Service to collaborate with affected local communities on travel management plans before implementing the rules. During the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation legislative hearing, Tipton questioned witnesses on instances when the Forest Service ignored locally-driven, basic, yet important requests made by surrounding communities when implementing travel management plans.  Commissioner Steve McClure from Union County in Oregon testified that the Forest Service rejected four reasonable requests made by Union County and other impacted counties for changes while developing the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan.  Tipton said similar tactics have been seen in Colorado.  You can watch video of the exchange below. Pictured: Scott Tipton