With all due respect, Mr. Holtzman, you made some unsubstantiated claims and downright lies regarding the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area in your April 23 letter to the editor.
Your statement regarding the settlement with the off-road community wasn't a settlement in any sense of the word. The off-road leaders were faced with total closure of the Imperial San Dunes Recreation Area or accept the temporary partial closure until studies could be done to justify the closures. They had no choice. They were blackmailed.
The studies have been completed and submitted. They have proven the Peirson's milk vetch is not endangered nor in anyway threatened by off-highway vehicle use. You failed to mention It is also abundant in Mexico.
Sir, you stated "being on the endangered species list, in the case of the PMV, is justifiably related to where the plant grows rather than the number of plants that may be present in that relatively small area." Here in itself is one reason the Endangered Species Act must be changed to allow for sound, peer-reviewed science before any such false claims can be made against the taxpayers of this great country.