By no means should the people of Ogden disregard the threat of a Utah specific roadless rule, as expressed in an article from early March. It is quite easing to know that someone listened when the people of Weber County spoke up against redoing the management of roadless forests, and that should not be ignored, but neither should Gov. Herbert’s nonsensical plan to weaken the protections on national forests across Utah.

It is the strength of protection over Coldwater Canyon and surrounding areas that factored into the thwarted plans of Nordic Valley’s massive resort expansion. If the roadless rules had been weaker, Ogden and Ogden valley would have had something much greater to worry about. If this proposal had happened in a similar area that was not granted the same mercy from Gov. Herbert's proposal, such development would have had fewer obstacles.

Keeping roadless areas and all public lands to the greatest extent, preserving the natural qualities and experiences should be a concern for every person who recreates on public lands anywhere.

Spencer Alexander

North Ogden

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