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Readers say forest plan too restrictive

Aspen Times Staff Report

Much has been written about the proposed changes to the White River National Forest plan, developed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Alternative D, the proposal favored by the Forest Service, has publicly received little support from either the motorized users of the forest or the environmentalists. Four-wheelers, snowmobilers and others feel the plan is too restrictive. Environmentalists feel the proposal doesn’t go far enough to protect wildlife and wild lands.

As for the question of whether the plan is too restrictive when it comes to closing sections of the forest to motorized use, it appears the general consensus among our readers is that the proposal should be relaxed.

In answer to the question, “Are the proposed White River Forest Plan revisions too restrictive?”, 125 people said yes, compared to 81 no votes. Again, we want to thank everyone who participated in our weekly poll, and point out that the results are by no means scientific.

This week we will once again focus on the Aspen Skiing Co., always a good source of public debate.

The Skico announced last week it will no longer honor its policy of allowing people 70 years old and older to ski its mountains for free. Skico officials said more and more people are now skiing well into their senior years and the company can no longer afford so many free tickets. As a result, seniors will now be charged $99 for a Silver Pass.

So our question this week is: Should the Aspen Skiing Co. allow senior citizens to ski for free?

Respond by going to our Web site at http://www.aspentimes.com, or by calling managing editor Mike Hagan at 925-3414.

This week’s question will be discussed on Andrew Kole’s radio talk show at 4 p.m. Tuesday, on KNFO radio, 106.1 FM.


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