Supporters Of Gila Plan Speak Out

Silver City – Supporters of a plan to close some roads in the Gila National Forest say it's a good compromise.

About 100 backers of the forest's travel management plan gathered Friday in downtown Silver City. Many are avid hunters, backpackers and hikers.

The plan would limit vehicles to designated roads and trails and restrict vehicle camping to areas along the sides of roads or near them.

New Mexico congressman Steve Pearce was behind the "Keep Our Forests Open" rally Saturday that drew 750 people protesting the forest's proposal that'll close some roads but still leave more than 3,000 miles of roads open.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that the comment period on the plan ends Monday at midnight.

Forest Service officials say they hope to reach a decision by May or June.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.