Re "County Curbs forest agents" (Our Region, June 28): It is a shame El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini had to strip Forest Service employees of state peace officer authority.
The U.S. Forest Service law enforcement organization is staffed with individuals with little background in land and resource management or experience in dealing with forest visitors. They lack any sense of the Forest Service culture.
Forest Service law enforcement officers view themselves as police officers but lack the perspective that not every forest visitor is a bad guy. Until the Forest Service can regain the public trust, the sheriff should continue to withhold state peace officer authority.
-- Greg Barnett , El Dorado Hills