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OUTDOORS: Plan to close E. Oregon forest roads pulled

By The Associated Press

Grants Pass, Oregon A public uproar over plans to close thousands of miles of roads on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Eastern Oregon has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider.

A Forest Service spokesman said Tuesday that Northwest Regional Forester Kent Connaughton pulled the new travel management plan.

Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor Monica J. Schwalbach says in a letter there has been a lot of confusion over the closures, and taking more time to consider the issues will produce a better plan in the long run.

Faced with an explosion of off-road vehicle use that was harming wildlife and causing erosion, the Forest Service began a nationwide assessment of its roads in 2005.

Last month, the Forest Service released a plan that closed 3,600 miles of roads out of a total of 9,000.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/04/17/1907540/outdoors-plan-to-close-e-oregon.html#storylink=mirelated#storylink=cpy

From http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/04/17/1907540/outdoors-plan-to-close-e-oregon.html#storylink=mirelated

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