'They're not good stewards of the land'
Gonzalez's initial resentment about having to walk melted into a passion for roadless hunting. Gonzales says he regularly complains of road closures being violated, yet he knows what to expect: no enforcement:
"Everybody laughs. Nobody gives a damn about the Forest Service. They have not, to my knowledge, given a ticket to anybody."
The Forest Service, he charges, caves in to ski-area operators and other special interests. "They're not good stewards of the land in this county."
The Forest Service's preferred alternative cheers him, but not much. He expects the agency will capitulate to ski areas and other moneyed interests.
"I think the (agency) threw this out to make themselves look good, and then later they'll back down. I think they did this as a political thing, to save face."