USFS destroys history as fast as it can

Letters to the Editor

I went to Florence July 8 and I went to the cemetery. I noticed the U.S.F.S. is up to its usual tricks.

They went into the cemetery and had all the trees cut and packed out of the cemetery. Why, all I can think of, is to expose the wooden grave markers to the elements so they would rot down quicker. To do this, to my way of thinking, is destroying history.

This not the first time they have destroyed history, as in the 1970s they burned all the old buildings that could be seen from Salmon River from the Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek boat ramps. With the exception of Jim Moore’s place, which could not be seen from the river, they went in and spent thousands of dollars and restored it. Yet there is not a sign anyplace telling you how to get to Jim’s place. Why go to the expense of restoring if you are not going to show people how to get to it, unless they want to take the people who are running the Forest Service down there and show them what a fine job they are doing to protect our history.

Then they purchased all the land on the Snake River to create the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and again they destroyed all the old buildings that were along the river, which to me was history.

Now they are building a new bridge at Manning bridge, and as quick as they get this done, they are going to take the old one out, which was built in 1930s, again destroying history.

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is our forests’ worse enemy, no exception, as they are destroying our history as fast as they can. To say nothing of the fact that they are burning the forest as fast as they can, which is destroying our watersheds, the air we breathe, our economy. But they have good jobs, so I guess that is their main goal.

Think I am wrong? Go look at the amount of water flowing from a burnt area two or three years after the fire.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows

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