Crow Wing County is updating its management plan for tax- forfeited lands. The plan hasn't been updated for years. The decisions made now will affect our environment, our quality of life, our children and grandchildren for many years! We need your help!
What's the problem?
-- CWC manages 103,000 acres of state and county tax-forfeited land. Only 10,000 acres of that land are closed to motorized recreation. The county has authority on all of these lands, whether state or county owned, and can decide how the land will be used.
-- What is being proposed? One little sentence says it all:"dispersed recreation opportunities will exist on all tax-forfeited lands unless specifically prohibited." That means all ATV's, dirt bikes, and 4x4 trucks will have unrestricted access to most of our forest trails in Crow Wing County "unless prohibited." So what happens? The county puts up signs saying "Closed to OHVs." The signs disappear. They put up a gate and the OHVs go around. The "mudders" rip through and destroy fragile wetlands and wildlife habitat. Is this what you want?
-- Who will decide this issue? Eventually the County Board. But right now the Lands and Forestry Advisory Board has total control. Earlier this year this committee voted to close county forest roads to motorized recreation unless the road was posted open. Now they've changed their minds. Why?
What can you do?
1. Write, even a one-sentence letter or post card, saying: "We wish our tax forfeited lands to be closed to motorized use unless posted open." The exception would be for hunting and trapping seasons only.
2. Send or call this message to: Roy Luukkonen, Auditor, Crow Wing County Court House, Brainerd, MN., 56401 824-1045. Ask him to get this message to the Lands and Forest Advisory Board and the county board members. Insist that your concerns are recorded!
3. Attend, if possible, one of the public meetings on this plan: Aug 28, 2000 50 Lakes City Hall - 7 p.m.; Aug 30, 2000 County Social Services Building - Room 1 - 7 p.m.
Please make your concerns known!
Barb and Bob Uppgaard
Since when is a state law "not an acceptable excuse" for refraining to do something illegal (besides common sense things like potlucks)? In the Friday, July 28 "Brainerd Dispatch", you reprinted an editorial from the "St. Cloud Times" arguing the need to illegally gather racial data each time an individual is pulled over for a traffic violation. How absurd! What does race have to do with one's ability to drive? Our country seems obsessed with asking questions on race... but to what end? Is it so that we can continue to link all individuals to a certain grouping and assign certain "characteristics" to that group? Our nation is made up of a rich array of people, all of whom are human and have different gifts and talents to share. All of you who agree that we need to end this useless division among us according to race, need to join me in legally boycotting future submission of any "racial data". The only reason the "St. Cloud Times" submitted for collecting racial data was to address "concerns that police may be stopping people because of their skin color". Any individual who has a question as to why they were stopped should appeal in court. We need no "gathering of racial data" to try and further create divisions among us.
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