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Yes, our forests are managed for money

Letter to the Editor

I see in the Idaho County Free Press where the Lochsa Land Exchange is still being pushed by the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forests, and the general public is wanting to know why they are pushing to dispose of national forest land.

I have lived where I live now for 70-plus years, and anything the modern U.S.F.S. does is strictly for money for the U.S.F.S. coffers or their personal pockets — maybe not all of it is above the table, but yes, our forests are being managed strictly for money.

Think not? Back in the pre-1980s, we had a Forest Service to be very proud of; not so anymore. Take a look at the advancements we have: handheld telephones, and the list goes on and on. Yet the U.S.F.S. has actually gone backwards as they can’t seem to put out forest fires, even with the advancement in equipment that could be used to do this, as it was done, very quickly, prior to 1990’s. Much more money for the forest service coffers to let it burn. They are closing roads as fast as they can, which denies firefighter access to a fire in a timely manner, which means that they can use aerial suppression, and I have yet to see fire put out this way without outside help, be it rain or bulldozers and common sense, but it does generate big bucks for the U.S.F.S. coffers and employees.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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