Originally Posted by bluealtered
For those of you who hunt in the national forest of the west, Congressman Greg Walden, (R-OR-2nd district) has written H.R. 4272 a bill that requires the forest service to reopen all the roads in the national forest of the west.
The forest service must then submit to the counties that the national forest sets in what roads and why they should be closed. It is then up to the county to decide if the road should be closed or not.
If you are interested in this you need to contact your senator or congress person and ask them to sign on to the bill. There isn't any reason the bill can't be amended to include blm land as well.
For those of you in the midwest and back east, most of the national forests of the west have 50-90% of the roads locked, gated closed or in some way blocked.
I'm all for road closures! I certainly don't want the last word left up to some bureaucrat down at the county office as to whether a gate is open or closed. If for some reason a gate is to be open the decision should be left to the areas Fish and Game biology dept.
Gates are usually put in place for a reason but certain times of the year some gates can certainly be opened. For an example a gate that closes a road that makes its way through traditional elk calving areas should be closed late winter till midsummer but could be open during hunting season depending on other access. Only knowledgeable people should be making those decisions.