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6/13/2013 2:29:00 PM
Letter: Chamber concerned about access to public lands


As Committee Chairman of the Cultural Heritage and Recreational Affairs Committee of the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, I would like to take this opportunity to voice our the closing of yet another key recreational area in Camp Verde: Bull Pen. After limiting access to Fossil Creek and closing Cinch Hook during the winter, the Forest Service has closed another water access point to its community and visitors in the middle of the hottest time of the year. Although we too desire safety for the community, there has been no prior indication that the trees have been hazardous to its visitors.

Water resources are a key characteristic of our community. It would be a shame to lose access to this important recreational feature. The Bullpen has served the community and many tourists for years. It has brought many visitors from throughout the Verde Valley in addition to national and international visitors. By closing off this access and camping area, we are not only limiting a place for locals to explore, but we are also limiting the economic development capacity for tourism through Camp Verde.

The Chamber looks forward to working with the National Forest Service to discuss ways in which we can once again grant the public access to these beautiful areas. If you too are concerned about the closing of these public lands please join the Chamber in the fight for prevention and access.

Renée Bartlett-Webber

Committee Chairman, Cultural Heritage and Recreational Affairs

Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Every town and citizen should fight to open Bull Pen as quickly as possible

Bullpen is another example that the government is "protecting" us from ourselves. It's just another way to take OUR land away from us.

First, the forest service closed OUR land so we can't use it by shutting down roads and camping areas. Now, they have closed a popular recreation area at peak season. Expect more closures, folks, of OUR land. Remember, the government knows best!

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Then they came for the trade unionists,
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Then they came for me,
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Hazardous Tree

Self-serving public services are an invasive species.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Why would any city/town other than CV protest the issue?


Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

I'm glad at least one city is protesting this move on behalf of their citizens. Where's Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Cottonwood? (I won't bother asking the whereabouts of Clarkdale and Sedona.)

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