In a “standing room only” event, over 700 New Mexicans rallied in Silver City on Saturday to oppose the Forest Service's proposal to close Forest Service roads in the Gila National Forest. Ranchers, sportsman and other outdoor enthusiasts stood side by side to tell the Forest Service “NO” to closing access to 1,800-plus miles of existing Forest Service roads. The National Forest Service has developed an impact study that proposes closure of vast portions of our National Forest (Gila Wilderness). The closures would severely limit access to areas that are prime hunting, fishing and general outdoor areas. Forest Service officials say they expect to reach a decision by May or June as to what roads will be permanently closed.
For detailed information on the Gila National Forest Travel Management Plan visit the USDA Gila National Forest Website HERE. The comment period ends March 7 at high noon.
Questions about the Gila Travel Management plan should be directed to Lisa Mizuno (Gila Travel Management Project Leader), phone: 575-388-8267, email: email@example.com