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How does public lands giveaway bring more money into Idaho?

Letter to the Editor

The following information is directed to Jim Chmelik, Idaho County Commissioner, and his supporters regarding his newspaper article Sept. 1 in the Lewiston Tribune. Many people would like to know how could giving our public lands, owned by the people, to private, large timber companies which mostly clear cut forests versus selective logging to bring in more bucks and more money to Idaho? It takes 75-100 years for clearcuts to grow mature timber in North Idaho elevations and few visitors, if any, or locals spend money to view clearcuts with numerous roads and posted signs on former beautiful forests for hundreds of years!

Please explain how the figures below could ever be matched annually by transferring public lands to clear cut prone timber companies and for small businesses to prosper and the state to obtain tax revenues. Also consider, Mr. Chemlik, these numbers below for Idaho will grow as more people use these lands that they own.

“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.”

This is to also inform Mr. Chmelik, who would not believe that a huge number of experts say we are in the latter stage of man-made global warming, which causes drought and many wildfires in forested areas. This is what is happening now as they predict and will continue to happen until America will denounce the one-party political belief that global warming is a hoax!

I have lived and worked in one-party systems around the world such as Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Laos, etc. and I learned that they don’t work! They do not listen to the people’s wishes. I hope Idaho does not reach this point with its current system.

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.


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