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Collaborative to force exchange down our throats

Vitamin C Senator Risch intends on forming a collaborative group to jam the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange down the public’s throat. And who better to facilitate that than the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited. Interestingly enough, both groups have recently spent thousands of dollars on timber industry lobbyist Mark Rey. Yes, that is the same Mark Rey who is employed as a lobbyist for Western Pacific Timber (WPT), which owns the hacked-over 39,000-acres of lands that are driving this corrupt exchange proposal. With the land exchange appraisal due soon, it’s convenient to steer the ship in a different direction and draw attention away from the fact that the WPT lands aren’t worth squat, meaning a value-for-value exchange isn’t going to get them much. By squashing the administrative process, however, it opens the door for WPT to get what they want — tens of thousands of acres of public lands with lots of timber and real estate potential.

Two environmental impact statements and years of public meetings and public input are going out the window. Ditto for your tax dollars that paid for it all. Just take your Vitamin C and everything will be okay. Collaboration cures all ailments.

Brett Haverstick

Moscow

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