Do you agree with the Forest Service in as far as the Tonto Forest should remain open? Or do you think some areas need to be closed?

The forest should remain open 106 votes


Parts of the Tonto National Forest should be closed 547 votes


Undecided 9 votes


662 total votes


Pat Randall 4 years, 7 months ago

In my opinion the people that want it closed never use it anyway. It is a control thing with them and the F.S.


Rex Hinshaw 4 years, 7 months ago

I don't agree with Pat on this one. When it's this dry and windy,limiting access to the forest, is the only prudent thing to do. It's not a control's just common sense.


Gary Lamken 4 years, 7 months ago

Pat, I use the forest for hiking, camping and other activities. Close it before someone burns it down!!! Saw a poster yesterday, it said. You think you cann't camp without a fire? Try camping without a forest.


Ted Paulk 4 years, 7 months ago

Friday's Roundup lead off story started, "A slew of Memorial Weekend citations for violations of existing fires restrictions..." It's just a matter of time before someone starts the big one of 2012...then the forest will be closed. It only takes one careless/ignorant person to ruin it for all.


Ben Norvell 4 years, 7 months ago

I'd agree to shut it down during the "high fire danger" periods. Just too many irresponsible people not paying any attention to restrictions. When you advise them that fires aren't allowed they become beligerent. The Forest Service has a tough job but another fire is the last thing we need. The aftermath of the Water Wheel Fire has put massive amounts of mud and silt into the East Verde and the quality of water flow and fishing has gone down. It's more than just the forest. As Gary said - "it's just common sense" to protect what we have left. A plan by the Forest Service to get some thinning done would be a stride forward.


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