Letter: Thank you for looking after local forests during shutdown | SkyHiNews.com

Letter: Thank you for looking after local forests during shutdown

The employees of the Arapaho National Forest’s Sulphur Ranger District wish to express our appreciation to the visitors, volunteers and partners who looked after the forests and grassland during the partial government shutdown.

We heard examples from the past five weeks of people packing out trash, restocking restrooms with toilet paper and shoveling snow. With your help we were able to keep many facilities open for your use.

We are particularly grateful for the law enforcement agencies that supported our minimal field staff and kept an eye on things, for the partners who provided information to the public in our absence, and, more personally, for the many local businesses and organizations that provided support (including food and grocery store gift cards) for our employees during a difficult time.

The Forest Service’s motto is caring for the land and serving people, and when we couldn’t be there to do that, we were so thankful for the many individuals who stepped up in our place. We are truly fortunate to work in such awesome communities.

Jon Morrissey, district ranger, Sulphur Ranger District

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