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Slowly losing lands, access to the forest

In the Oct. 10 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was an article entitled “Suit claims unlawful USFS road restriction.” Please people wake up and smell the terrible odor in the air. Yes, the USFS and the Washington Establishment are slowly taking our public lands away from the people who make a living from public lands and denying the locals access to the forest, by putting locked gates, water bars, putting trash in the roads until they cannot be walked on, plus obliterating roads and putting them back to the slope of the ground.

Most all appeals that stop a timber sale, mining operation, cattle and sheep grazing on public lands or anything else that will help the local economy are filed by people who do not live locally, and they do not depend on the local economy for a paycheck and depend on access to public land for recreation.

As usual, I have been misinformed as to what the USFS was meant to stand for I thought they were supposed to manage our forest for the local economy and to generate money for the U.S. Treasury.

This was done for years, but not anymore. It is being managed for the personal financial gains, and what the rest of the establishment thinks should be done.

The USFS is our forest’s and local economy’s worst enemy, no exceptions.

Leonard M. Wallace

New Meadows


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