Rodeo A Great Venue For Education

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Editor:

Payson's 124th annual world's oldest continuous rodeo has come and gone like a thundering herd of wild mustangs. A critical, on-going job on the Payson Ranger District is to increase and maintain public awareness about forest health and the danger of catastrophic wildfire in Rim Country. Through many years of rodeos in Payson, a solid collaborative working relationship has developed between the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, all who organize August Doin's and the Payson Ranger District.

Each year when Rim Country dodges another bullet from major catastrophic wildfire, it buys us more time to create fuel breaks, conduct prescribed burns, thin our forest, and move communities in Rim country out of harm's way. Those who organize August Doin's and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee consistently have understood and supported our cause and have always stepped up to the plate quickly and provided us with a highly visible means in which to increase public awareness at the rodeo and parade.

Our firefighting helmets are off the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee and all who make August Doin's a reality. Many thanks for helping us to preserve and protect this beautiful great western landscape all of us enjoy!

Gary Roberts

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