I sure agree with Larry and Karen Moore (see August 1 SJR) as to the sadness of closing the Indian Creek camp/picnic areas with no public hearing and providing no alternative.
The US Forest Service is now printing topographical maps that were printed by US Geological Survey. If you purchase the new Poison Canyon 71/2 minute topo, you will see several startling changes – again without any public input.
One - it appears the information they are putting on the maps is inaccurate. Roads and cabins are in the wrong location. Yet the inaccurate information is not consistent as if they had a wrong datum, it is simply random inaccuracy.
Two - roads are left off, roads to springs are left off, roads are marked as closed, roads that are two tracks are marked as graveled improved. Roads that are well used are left off, roads that are not drivable are left on. Roads that are well and often used for hunting and camping are marked as closed.
Three - the symbol showing a mine shaft, tunnel or test pit have been left off. A piece of history, again without public input, is removed.
This does fit with the recent move by the U.S. Forest Service personnel to collapse and cover over the mine entrances throughout South Cottonwood, North and South Elk and the Big Notch - even some that were current and legal claims were collapsed with equipment still inside the tunnel. I am sure this is done in the name of safety and removing the “ugliness” of mining.
The Pueblo Ruins sites were left off the topo quads when the maps changed from 15 min quads to 71/2 min quads. How many people remember or know that?
Therein lies the plan.
As in the book 1984, when they rewrote all the history books and in a short time no one knew the difference. With the U.S. Forest Service now printing and changing the official maps with no public input, in a short time no one will know you used to be able to drive to your favorite camping/hunting/relaxing spot or that there used to be a road on a map. You will go only where big brother and his environmental organization friends want you to go.