Describe the policy you'd like to see governing national forests. I love the outdoors, and I'm a big hunter, hiker and fisherman. Making the forests totally roadless makes it hard for most people to get back in there, more than three to four miles.
Given the prevailing political winds, what policies do you foresee in Colorado? There's pretty staunch representation on both sides, so there'll be some give- and-take some areas will be opened to multiple use. I hate four-wheelers and ATVs, but there should be places allowable for them, too. But there should also be areas set aside solely for hunters, hikers and the like.
Characterize the Bush administration's attitude toward preservation policies. He's hard to read, but I don't understand his big push to drill [the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge]. I'd probably prefer the state deciding usage instead of the federal government, where one big, sweeping hand says how everything is treated.
Mesa Road area
What is your vision for national forest usage? Limited usage for off-road vehicles and such. I know there's somewhat of a need to support industry, but if those interests had their way, they'd go deep into the forest and disrupt everything.
What rule would you like instituted? I'd like to see limited usage. Everyone take out what they take in.
How does the Bush administration view national forest preservation? If there's money to be made, they'll make it at any cost. If they get their way, we'll pave everything.
What's your best-case scenario for national forest usage? I want to see controls, but there needs to be enough freedom of use to allow everyone to enjoy.
Is there a rule you'd like implemented? I'm liberal in terms of usage, but people don't control themselves. They get silly. They anger other users and homeowners up there. If they'd behave better, we wouldn't need such restrictive rules.
What rule would you like removed? As an ATV driver, I'm getting frustrated. I don't mind obeying the rules, but they're making it harder and harder to find places to off-road. More and more, we can't go anywhere.
Characterize the Bush administration's stance on forest preservation. I tend to be conservative and pro-Bush. I'm not into the protect-every-insect approach, and I understand the need to keep the economy moving, but we're not paying attention to global warming. We're not protecting the environment sufficiently.