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4/23/2013 10:26:00 AM
Letter: Forest Service restrictions make camping impossible

To the editor:

I am writing to tell you how disappointed I am with the Forest Road closures and lack of dry camping.

My family and friends have been camping in the same spot for 15 plus years and on our first weekend in Williams this year we had a warning sticker on our camper and we were made to move.

We moved all right. Right out of Williams and will likely not return. We are summer campers and come to Williams every weekend from April through October.

We spend lots of money in your community, but because of our great U.S. Forest Service, we will not be returning this year.

Safeway, Eddie's Tire, Pizza Factory, Canyon Motel, Cruisers, Rosa's, 76 Gas, Circle K, Doc Holliday's, Pine Country, McGillicuddy's, Rod's and many other eateries and stores will be losing my and many of our friends and family's business.

What makes this worse is that we studied the map the ranger left and it shows that where we were was open. Even worse, we decided to move our camper and studied the map and realized that any place there is dry camping along the 108 it was restricted.

There are no signs, it would be only guesswork. So we left and we will not return until this is fixed. I understand a lot of you probably are glad to see us gone, but the business will suffer, not to mention how slowly our freedoms in this country are being taken from us.

Shelli Stephenson


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Hintzmann

The forest needs restrictions or the billy bobs would completely destroy it.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: What is Smokey Smoking

We took a drive out in unit 7. I was shocked that there are so many roads closed. We drove down some roads that didn't have road closer signs on them, but when we came to the end of the road there was a road closed sign. I don't see how driving on a dirt road, that has been there for years, is hurting the forest. There isn't any trees on the roads. There were hundreds of cattle, as usual, but we all know that they don't destroy the forest landscape.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Paully

I wonder how long until we have an out of control burn and destroy the woods.
Maybe the forest service well put all the firewood piles right next to the roads so it can be used.Before it all gets burned up.
The area around Williams is downright unfriendly to any off roading or use.Usually the feds are involved somehow.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Paul s

the new travel restrictions are great, saving habitat from being run over by everything, you can still camp alot of places, just not drive your vehicles on every inch of the forest.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Shelli Stephenson

Smokey the Bear, I believe you misunderstood my point, they rather I make new tire tracks closer to the road then go another 15 feet where there is an existing "road" to park my camper. I am definitely not lazy, I use the outdoors for recreation and exercise. I think all Americans should be concerned about this, this is our land to be used by us, who allowed the Federal Government to take it away?

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Axe The Man

Smokey is paid by the Feds. Nevertheless, the people of Williams know what they want and it's not big government telling them what they need or what they don't need. Williams residents aren't stupid, Smokey. Who are you anyway to tell us anything? Why should we believe everything we here from the Feds? This is for you too Blasi! We have a mind of our own.

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Smokey the Bear

Because talking an extra 5 steps (15 feet) is going to hurt you. Quit trying to blame the government for your laziness.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Shelli Stephenson

Thanks to those of you offering support. I have done research on this an found that the Travel Management Regulation is the reason for this. Here are the rules disperse campers must abide by in Kaibab National Forest..you tell me if they make sense..I may pull my camper off any open road 30 feet and camp, even if 15 more feet back there is an established camp site and fire ring....only the government can come up with this logic!

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Fred Thompson

Start by getting rid of Obama and then McCain and then Flake. What a disappointment McCain and Flake have become. Both sell-outs on immigration and AMNESTY. There will be no border security, only AMNESTY. As for the Forest Service, they don't want any campers because they just get in the way of all their tree cutting (or should I say gutting) plans.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Yeah! kick out the only people actually using the woods.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: just not true William

The decision and process to close roads and restrict camping areas started way before Obama took office.

Williams Resident is uninformed and knows nothing about tourism.

Smokey the Bear is one of the people who does not want anyone in the forest(praire). He or she lives their lives through pictures on the internet, or tv, and never really experiences the great outdoors!!

Hoppy gets it, too bad he doesn't live in Williams.any more.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: William Hintzmann

Who did you vote for? The "make it hurt" person in office at the White House and all his friends are to blame, not the people of Williams. Please don't give up on us. Don't roll over and give up. Keep coming. Politicians love people who do nothing.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: williams resident

The econonmy here in williams won't suffer we have plenty of tourists on a daily basis that flood our town

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Frank ( Hoppy) Caylor

I retired from the F.S. several years ago, It was a great job and I enjoyed it. But I am very disapointed with the direction the F.S is taking. The forest should be for the public to wisely use and enjoy, but the Gov is restricing the people so much, there is very little you can do in the woods now. The Forest Service shoul be moved into the BLM, and mabe the managemeny would be better.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: forest service is out of control

Can't camp anywhere with the new restrictions. Then they and the county close down Cataract Lake to camping. They want to cut down all the trees, can't pick up your elk or any wood either.

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