I have read the many letters printed in The Gazette over the past months regarding the Custer National Forest's proposed Travel Plan for the Beartooth District in the Pryor Mountains. Many of the letters have addressed what multiple use constitutes for different types of recreation.
To me, multiple use means that individuals have the right to access public lands while balancing environmental qualities and unique recreational activities.
In the draft environmental impact statement, several alternatives to the Beartooth District Travel Plan are presented. Alternative C promotes a reasonable and balanced choice for all users. As the DEIS states, under this alternative, "approximately half of the unit would be in motorized settings and half in nonmotorized settings." Under this compromise, access and recreational opportunities for various user groups are met.
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Please comment and let the Custer National Forest know you believe in multiple use and support Alternative C and make your voice count. The deadline to make comments to the Custer National Forest is Dec. 19. For more information visit www.pryormountains.org.