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Pat IDL on back for getting job done

Letter to the Editor



I saw in the Dec. 23 issue of the Idaho County Free Press where the Idaho Department of Lands, at this point, have sold or are in the process of selling 83.5 million board feet of timber from burnt endowment lands from last summer’s devastating fires, and hopefully they can sell more. Pat the IDL on the back for getting the job done in a timely manner because the timber loses market value with every passing day.

I also took the liberty to add the total acres that the U.S.F.S. was going to salvage in the same article which totaled less than 1,000 acres. I saw in previous issues of said newspaper where more than 200,000 acres burned last summer. I also saw in previous issues of ICFP where the U.S.F.S. was wanting public comment on the scoping process, in regards to what to do with roads, trails; which one to reopen, what one to permanently close, which will deny the handicapped access to the forest to say nothing of fire prevention. They also stated that this scoping process usually takes two years or more, which means that the timber has lost most of it value for lumber. However, the biologist, hydrologist, and everybody else whose job description ends in (ist) will have a job, also the environmentalist will have a say to help keep the handicapped out of the forest.

Yes, people, the U.S.F.S. is our forest’s worst enemy, except for limited grazing, limited logging, they are managing our forest for personal financial gains and creating wilderness out of what used to be multiple use land to please the environmental community.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows



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