We need to stop Senator James E. Risch’s intentions of legislating the corrupt Upper Lochsa Land Exchange. We don’t have to trade tens-of-thousands of acres of valuable public lands to obtain the Lochsa lands. The 39,000 acres of checkerboard land owned by Western Pacific Timber can be purchased through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Congress created the fund for this type of situation.
Two environmental impact statements and five years of Forest Service analysis failed to prove that an exchange was in the public’s best interest. Records indicate that the comments received by the agency during this time were approximately 90 percent in opposition to an exchange. This bi-partisan opposition includes a host of retired Forest Service employees.
Any legislation sponsored by Risch has to go through the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Please send letters to Chairman Mary Landrieu at 304 Dirksen Senate Building, Washington D.C. 20510. Include the above committee name in the address. The phone number is 202-224-4971.
Let’s not lose fishing, hunting and other recreational opportunities, including productive low-elevation fish and wildlife habitat. These lands are part of our national heritage, too. Flood the Senate with letters and calls.