Risch, Labrador want to dispose of public lands

Letter: Harvey Neese Clarkston, Wash.

The following report was compiled recently in Idaho on economic benefits of public lands:

“Outdoor recreation (mostly on public lands) creates more than 77,000 jobs, $6.3 billion in consumer spending, $1.8 billion in wages and $461 million in state and local tax revenue, according to a new report from the Outdoor Industry Association. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that each year more than 838,000 people participate in hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in Idaho - 447,000 fish, 246,000 hunt and 558,000 participate in wildlife-watching activities.” Idaho County having the most timberlands in Idaho, benefits the most from recreational lands financial benefits.

When large companies (and U.S. Forest Service) speak of “logging” these days, they are more likely referring to clear cutting, i.e., forest restoration, which are new terms describing the removal of all timber from the forests for up to 100 years of regrowth. Extreme capitalism in conjunction with U.S. Forest Service by large timber companies has taken over the logging industry. Extreme Capitalism is when companies’ bottom line is to make the most bucks, anyway, anyhow they can without any regard for the people or public lands owned by the people.

 If you want to see thousands of acres of forest restoration, just take a drive between Bovill and Elk River and you will see forest clear cutting over thousands of acres in size.

And, if you want to see more disposal of public lands owned by you, simply vote for Senator Risch and Labrador in November in reference to the Lochsa Land Exchange. They want to trade away most lands in four Idaho counties — Latah, Clearwater, Idaho and Benewah through a legislative bill. 

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.

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