MEET TIM GARCIA, KAMAS DISTRICT RANGER
From a conversation with THE LYNX editor on 2 September 27, we present HUPC members this introduction to the new Kamas District Ranger.
Tim Garcia assumed the title of Kamas District Ranger in September. He has worked on the Uinta National Forest out of Pleasant Grove and the South Park Ranger District out of Pike, Colorado. He grew up in Ogden and looks forward to getting to know the issues on the Kamas District.
Of deep concern to HUPC is Tim's dedication to forest pest management. He noted the damaged visual corridor of the Mirror Lake Highway and what he sees as a real need for salvage logging on pine beetle impacted trees. (Ed. note: If the Forest Service pursues this direction, there will be significant disagreement with HUPC over this issue. See adjacent article.)
He is also concerned with the national problem of dispersed recreation, noting that the Mirror Lake corridor is quite parallel to the Front Range of Colorado. He sees the problems inherent in the move from wild land to developed, intense, indus trial recreation and knows he face such conflicts on this district.
Protecting fragile soils and water quality is also of major concern to the new ranger.
In October HUPC will be meeting with the new ranger to discuss our long-term concerns for the wild Uintas.