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Showing their disdain for people of county

Letter to the Editor

Once again Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater demonstrate their disdain for the people of Idaho County. While we struggle to create jobs, fund education, and meet our basic needs, they are filing a lawsuit to stop the Johnson Bar Salvage and Restoration Project.

 They want us to continue to believe the pack of lies they throw out in suing the federal agencies on behalf of the American people. They do not even spell out half-truths, they just outright lie with self-pontificating innuendo and assertions that a restoration project will be detrimental to the wild and scenic beauty of the Clearwater River. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 The realities are that quickly salvaging burned tree reduces insect outbreak, stabilizes landscapes, and speeds up forest recovery. It limits soil erosion and provides for cleaner water, better air quality and reduces the risk of wildfire. Recovering the value of burnt tree offsets restoration cost and helps our local economies. This project alone will support nearly 900 local jobs.

 Salvaging trees and assisting Mother Nature in restoring the beauty that we all enjoy in Idaho County is the first step in ensuring the future for the next generations to come.

 Cheryl Probert and her Forest Service staff have worked tirelessly to work in harmony with nature and these organizations. I think they know better than the Forest Service experts. Thank you, Cheryl, and thank you to your employees.

Jim Chmelik

Idaho County Commissioner, chair



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