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Sheriff Hagwood to talk Forest Service Travel Plan at May 4 meeting

M. Kate West
Chester Editor

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood will be the featured speaker during the May 4 Almanor Tea Party (ATP) meeting in Chester.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the Chester Memorial Hall.

Considered the fourth installment of the educational series on the topic of the United States Forest Service Travel Management Plan (TMP), the stated purpose of the ATP meeting is to generate substantive public comment on both the USFS proposed planning rule and the TMP before the May 16 federal deadline.

During an April 14 interview Hagwood outlined his general focus for the May 4 meeting.

“I will be talking about the United States Forest Service Travel Management Plan, which is part and parcel of their larger strategic plan,” he said.

Specifically he said he would speak about the difficulties the rules would bring to law enforcement, tourism, the local economy and citizens’ ability to access and enjoy public lands.

“I will also speak about other difficulties Plumas and our neighboring counties have experienced in engaging the Forest Service in their prescribed processes as they develop rules and regulations, and most importantly, the necessary collaboration and cooperation between local governments and the United States Forest Service.

“Additionally, there will be a discussion about alliances and Northern California counties working together — both law enforcement and county governments — to find an equitable solution,” he said.

This meeting follows directly on the effort Hagwood describes as “taking the issue beyond Plumas County.”

During his planned attendance at the annual California State Sheriff’s Association meeting April 17 – 21, the sheriff said he would be talking with his peers.

“I will be meeting with and discussing this emerging situation with sheriffs throughout the state in an effort to coordinate a response to what has been increasingly recognized as a looming crisis on a number of different fronts,” Hagwood said.

His professional stand on the TMP was initially reported in the Feb. 16 issue of the Chester Progressive newspaper.

His statements about his willingness to protect and serve the personal liberties of citizens as regards access to public lands went viral and have continued to cause a stir across the nation.

About the May 4 gathering, party spokesman Rob Maple said, “While this is another part of the education series it is likely not the final meeting to be hosted by the Almanor Tea Party.”

He also said the ATP was in the process of bringing more speakers to the podium. As of this date, no other names have been announced.

Maple said it was critical to the issue to get meeting attendance up for comment.

“We are hoping we are early enough with our template to give others the opportunity to act,” Maple said.

In speaking about the TMP he said, “This not about particular roads, it’s about access.”

Concurring, ATP member Jeff Greening said, “This is not a budget issue, this is about the mismanaging of national lands, a resource that belongs to the people.

“Based upon the management of adjacent lands, this mismanagement has likely cost Plumas County $18 million in Secure Rural Schools funding.”

Among the potential notables, Maple said he hopes supervisors from Lassen and Plumas counties will attend. He said he also hopes representatives from Lassen, Plumas, Tehama, Butte and Sierra county sheriff’s offices will attend.

For more information about the Almanor Tea Party or to view previous live stream meeting videos, visit www.almanorteaparty.com.



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