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‘Wilderness’ scheme way to control lands and not care for them

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A section of fire-damaged fence south of Riggins.

Credit: Chuck Vogelsong
A section of fire-damaged fence south of Riggins.



The U.S. Forest Service office at Riggins might want to consider chain-link fence if they can’t (or won’t) keep flammable weeds away from their plastic ones. Killing the ground on either side for two to three feet is really not much of a chore, but to-date, nothing at all has been done that I can see. This is the same Forest Service we expect to maintain our forests for safety and reasonable development.

In reality, the really big land grabs have been the so-called wilderness areas. The restrictions placed on these areas prohibit virtually all methods for proper forest care; hence, some of the worst wildfires in history have been foisted on the 320 million owners of these forest lands in the name of conservation. In my opinion, the whole “wilderness” scheme is actually a way to control the forest lands without having to really take care of those millions of acres that the environmentalists have managed to grab and keep most of the population out of. They have virtually killed the entire lumber business with regulations for such things as spotted owls, never acknowledging that nature has equipped just about every species of animal, plant and bird, with all they need to adapt to our ever-changing world. Virtually any and all can easily survive a properly managed and harvested forest system.

I, for one, believe the states can and should do it better than the federal bureaucracy ever will.

C.M. “Chuck” Vogelsong

Riggins



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