Otero County Paves Way for Local Resource Management

Cloudcroft, NM (September 17, 2011) Congressman Steve Pearce attended and participated in Otero County’s emergency tree cutting plan on September 17, 2011. Cutting took place on one acre of the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft in efforts to clean up the forest and decrease the spread of fires.

“Today’s events were historic for New Mexico, and for other areas whose local governments will follow suit,” said Pearce. “Otero County’s Emergency Plan was an effort to restore common-sense forest management to New Mexico.

Congressman Pearce after cutting first tree

It was also the first time in a long while, local people nexium 40 mg buy online with local interests have demonstrated that there is a voice, other than Washington’s, in forest management. The Otero County Commission has worked hard to ensure that our forests are managed more responsibly, and they deserve respect and gratitude for following through to increase public safety.”

The Otero County Commission’s Emergency Plan took place during Cloudcroft’s annual “Lumberjack Day.” Following speeches by elected officials, Congressman Pearce, acting as an agent of Otero County, cut the first tree. Otero County officials, and those deputized by Otero County Sheriff, Benny House, were allowed to cut trees as part of the plan to reduce fire danger.