“Citizen Voices Protected George Washington National Forest” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, November 2014. Won second prize in 2015 Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Contest, Column Category (see related link above for 1st place).
“Living next door to the 1.1-million acre George Washington National Forest, along the mountainous Virginia/West Virginia border, has both pros and cons.
Pros are clean air and water, many more tree neighbors than people, and the right of every citizen to tell the government how to manage this beautiful public forest.
Cons are tourists, forest fires and the right of every corporation to tell the government how to manage this bountiful public forest.
For the last three years, the management plan for the forest has been delayed as corporate and citizen voices made a discordant buzz. Yet the Forest Service has managed to make something harmonious out of the final plan that was released on Nov. 18, 2014.”