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USFS letting burnt forest go to waste

Letter to the Editor

Nobody is working any harder to destroy our forest and deny access to said forest by the general public than the U.S.F.S. They are supposed to be managing the forests for the financial good and enjoyment of the general public, not the USFS and employees.

In the ‘70s, we had forest we could be proud of, and I was. We were logging the forest and the economy was good, and then along came the ‘90s. The USFS announced our forest was getting overgrown and they were going to let some fires burn to thin the forest, if not threatening private holdings; examples: Corral Creek, Blackwell, Graves Creek, Burgdorf Junction. All of these fires either had private people who offered to put them out or were putting them out, and the USFS sent them home in no uncertain terms. Consequently, these fires burned until the fall rains put them out. Keep in mind that the USFS budget goes mostly to firefighting and fire suppression.

If the USFS really wanted to put out these fires they would not have closed some of the lookouts, which did away with early detection. They also would not be closing old and new roads as fast as they can, as this stops the ground firefighters from getting to a fire in a timely manner. Instead it requires aerial suppression, which is very expensive, but it does increases USFS paychecks. Our forests are getting so badly overgrown that the tops of the trees are toughing and firefighters on the ground are a waste of money, unless they get there when the fire first starts, which the USFS is doing all they can to prevent this from happening.

Then they are letting the forest that has burnt go to waste, which is a gross waste of natural resources.

Yes! The USFS is our forest’s worst enemy, and surely the state would have enough common sense to do better, because apparently the USFS has no common sense.

Leonard Wallace Sr.

New Meadows


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