Forest problems intensify as staff and funding dwindle

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Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:00 pm

National forests don’t always offer the quiet respite many people seek.

Campers at a developed Santa Fe National Forest campground in the Jemez Mountains in late July had to call law enforcement to stop a man who was beating up his wife.

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  • Brigitte de Saint Phalle posted at 11:12 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Saint999 Posts: 12

    You are so right. The Great Recession was a Great Opportunity to create jobs, some of them structured as apprenticeships, using older laid off workers interested in teaching the next generation. Government jobs are jobs and most people would prefer a job to unemployment insurance, contrary to all the talk from employers who want illegal workers they can safely underpay or H1-B visa workers (same idea in technical jobs).

  • Brigitte de Saint Phalle posted at 10:56 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Saint999 Posts: 12

    The forest is an important way for all of us to connect with nature, especially as schools have fewer outdoor activities for children. The video game generation? Bad idea. The Forest Service needs more funding so they nave more of a presence and can educate visitors about the forest and interact with them. It could also be a source of summer jobs. Think about how work in the CCC made an entire generation conscious of public lands and interested in conserving them. We still use what they built.

  • Carl Logan posted at 6:57 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    shockednotawed Posts: 18

    'Necessity is the Mother of Invention' ....how to deal with an increasingly uncivilized, uncultured population: 1. close the parks during unmanaged hours.
    2. Jump in public, let's hear some solutions. Below is a 'tipping point' conclusion I've come to; how do we improve our life management?

    Government looks to extend unemployment benefits; 400,000 New Mexicans are on food stamps; food banks are over stressed; all town and cities have homeless, vagrants, pan handlers, transients, all towns and cities have hard working people who need a job. The WPA and CCC were dis-banded when there wasn't any unemployment, during WW2. Lots of reasons why there is and will be unemployment; when the public no longer have personal means of support sleeping on sidewalks and in abandoned lots can not be the alternative. Bring back the WPA and CCC and do so in much the same original structure. Now we'll need to provide substance abuse treatment also.

    Quit paying people to do nothing when there is so much to do.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:12 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 881

    The local trash, need to quit leaving their garbage behind. Dirty diapers, broken beer bottles, you name it. They're too damn lazy to throw it away in a trash can or take it with them it there isn't one. Used to be the upper Pecos was pretty much free of the trash, but no more. It's really sad. Instead of appreciating and respecting the wilderness, between their nasty garbage and their loud music, it's just not like it used to be.


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