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Letters to the Editor - 6/5/14 edition

June 4, 2014 

Dear Editor,

As we head into the summer season, we are excited on the Sierra National Forest about the many opportunities available to the public on the Forest. As many of you know, the Sierra National Forest has been coordinating with the National Fish and Wildlife Service as they prepare to list under the Endangered Species Act the mountain yellow-legged frog, the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad.

As a result of this preparatory work by the Sierra staff, the forest does not anticipate any near-term or future closures as a result of the species being listed and critical habitat designated.

We also expect no significant changes to our land management practices as we've already been monitoring these species as Forest Service Sensitive for 16 years. Like you, Forest Service employees make regular use of our public lands and we all look forward to the tremendous outdoor activities available to all of us, and the economic benefits that a sustainable forest provides.

We look forward to what could be a record number of visitors to the Sierra National Forest this summer. The Sierra National Forest is, and will be, open.

Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor, Sierra National Forest

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