USFS designed to take care of just USFS

Letter to the Editor

In the April 12 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was an article entitled, SRS dollars not in sight. Secure Rural Schools was set up to replace lost revenue from timber sales on federal land to local county.

The first thing people need to realize is the U.S.F.S. is designed to take care of the U.S.F.S. people and no one else. Think of the thousands of acres that are burned annually. They get paid big bucks to supposedly put out these fires, yet you apply common sense to their methods and it is strictly doing nothing but making them rich and nothing more.

Take a look at the thousands of acres burned that they won’t log, where if they were logged it would generate SRS dollars. They are closing roads as fast as they can, which generates dollars for the U.S.F.S. to do this work, denies the public access and ground firefighters access to the fires and requires aerial suppression, which is very expensive. Usually, they don’t get the fire out until it rains, which is more dollars for the U.S.F.S. Prescribed burns are another cash crop for the U.S.F.S.

Fires generate carbon dioxide, which is 75 percent of the greenhouse gases, which leads to global warming. Wildfires in a few short weeks will generate more carbon dioxide than the state vehicle traffic will in a year. It does not make any difference whether it is a prescribed burn or a wildfire, it still generates carbon dioxide. The terrible part of a fire is it destroys the trees, which will take carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen. Consequently, they are destroying the very thing that will remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, which in turn leads to overgrown forests that they say must be burned to stop wildfires, which leads to more U.S.F.S. jobs. Think of the thousands of acres that have burned in the last 20 years that will not remove any carbon dioxide for hundreds of years.

Yes, global warming is very real and will only get worse if something is not done. Now.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows

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