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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Wednesday, August 7
Shut My Mouth!
A day off, so to speak. From beginning to end, this trek has an itinerary like none other I’ve experienced in a two-month period. Most of the time we’re moving across public lands, but occasionally we are scheduled to attend a public land event. Today is such a day. Our first engagement was a roundtable discussion with land managers, a state legislator, county commissioners, Silver City Chamber of Commerce managers, wilderness specialists, history buffs, biologists, and private and public interest group heads.
A total of 19 people from Silver City and surrounding New Mexico communities plus our team comprised the forum. Our team leader Bob Hammond was appointed to moderate the discussion.
But Bob’s day began long before his moderating duties. He gathered the four trekkers at 7:30 a.m. to discuss team dynamics and how we could avoid unravelings such as the one that occurred two days prior.
We all agreed that we could do a better job and then decided that we should consider choosing a trek team leader. Richard Tyrrell suggested that I was the likeliest candidate for the responsibility, and because the other trekkers concurred, I am now in no position to complain when things unravel.
Well, shut my mouth!
Bob, satisfied with that meeting was thereafter in charge of the roundtable discussion. Everybody there had an opportunity to talk and many took full advantage of it.
We learned about the area’s history and economics. We heard viewpoints from off-road vehicle and wilderness advocates. The discussion about user fees heated things up.
One interesting man said that we must all remember that miners, loggers, and cattle ranchers were the first caretakers of the land. He said those concerns laid the infrastructure of the land, and should be respectfully given credit and due. Once he said his piece he abruptly exited the room, saying he had another engagement to attend. I was interested in asking him to cite some examples because I really wanted some new information to help me construct better educated opinions on extraction and cattle industries. Those industries get bad raps they say they don’t deserve.
Many of us discover that land issues are deeper and more complex than we imagined. I learn that a common thread that connects nearly all land interests is the love of the land.
The Forest Service spends a lot of its time and money in litigation, I am told, and rarely receives recognition for its good work.
For an example of “good work” we visited the Gila River Bird Habitat Management Unit, northwest of Silver City. After years of private ownership the Forest Service acquired this land and set to work to restore it. It was in sorry shape for reasons I can’t remember. But bulldozers went to work in the mid-1990s and reconstructed the area from a plan designed by Ralph Pope, our guide and Gila National Forest employee. Now the area is lush with vegetation and full of life. In fact, Ralph said that half of New Mexico’s bird species have been documented using the site. Erosion is no longer out of control and a tributary of the Gila River now runs through deep cuts rather than shallow spans, a sign of healthy flow.
The bullfrogs have decimated the leopard frog population…so begins another complicated chapter in the Gila National Forest.

for Wednesday, August 7
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Jan Nesset
An experienced outdoorsman, Jan Nesset knows that everyone has to pitch in at camp
A native of Montana and the third of four children, Jan Nesset joins American...
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Thursday, September 12
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Wednesday, September 11
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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Wednesday, September 4
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
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Sunday, September 1
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Saturday, August 31
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Friday, August 30
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Thursday, August 29
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Wednesday, August 28
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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Saturday, August 10
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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Wednesday, August 7
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Tuesday, August 6
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Monday, August 5
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Sunday, August 4
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Saturday, August 3
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