Planned burn­ing in the High Coun­try

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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“The au­thor­i­ties and the govern­ment must face this fact head on and be re­al­is­tic and sup­port­ive of the pro­gram and its ob­jec­tives.

“It must en­cour­age the au­thor­i­ties to con­tinue burn­ing pro­grams de­spite any is­sues that may arise.

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