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This is an ethical debate and the two sides will never agree. On one side you have the recreational fisherman who want to utilize this "limited time opportunity." Because of there focus on this, they will never be able to understand or embrace the scientists. Then there are the scientists, researchers and naturalists who have been conducting amazing and groundbreaking research and education inside this monument. Because of their drive to continue this research, they (including myself) well never understand why recreators would want to take that away? The only difference (and deciding factor in this stalemate) is there are thousands of lakes in Washington and the surrounding areas - including Coldwater lake (which is under utilized), while there is only one lake with the on-going research, only one Spirit lake. Once we alter it, we can’t go back... scientists should be able to keep this ONE lake.
Like many of us warned before - allowing in hunters was a slippery slope.
This will continue to be issues while the Monument is under the control of a multi-use agency. It’s a Forest Service site acting like a Parks Service site – but without the funding, and being forced to walk that “multi-use” line. Give it a line-item budget! (Forest Service or Park Service) and give the people who love the place a fighting chance! Then maybe we wouldn’t have to be making all sacrifices??!
Holly, former Park Ranger at Mount St. Helens
posted 4 years, 1 month ago
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