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FS plan would open forests to clearcuts

Letter: Dick Artley Grangeville

Forest Supervisor Brazell of Lochsa Land Exchange infamy is at it again. I encourage those who enjoy recreating in their national forests who missed the USFS meeting last week in Grangeville to submit electronic comments on Brazell’s proposed Forest Plan revision at fpr_npclw@fs.fed.us.

For decades the national forests in America have been bound by a 40-acre clearcut size maximum.

When Brazell’s proposed Forest Plan is finalized it will 1) exempt the Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forests from the USFS 40-acre clearcut size limit, 2) hardwire 1,500-acre clearcuts into the plan, and 3) allow clearcuts of any size when he declares a “catastrophic” event has occurred. Brazell will define catastrophic event.

Read about it at page 54 of his proposed plan on-line at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3807168.pdf.

Our tax dollars are used to pay Brazell’s salary and will be used to pay his pension when he retires. What’s wrong here?

Dick Artley

Grangeville

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