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State could, would do better job with forests

Letter to the Editor



The Forest Service recently has asked for public input to help them with forest management methods to better take care of our forests. To me, this seems like an attempt to justify their ongoing program of talking a lot, but not saying much, while grabbing more forest land to control, while spending virtually nothing to reduce the wildfire fuels they have allowed to accumulate in all the forests.

With the use of high-sounding designations, like wild and scenic, scenic easements and wilderness areas, they have grabbed millions of acres, which with help of the environmentalist regulations keeping virtually everything out of the forests, allowing no thinning, logging or much else. This has to change. Airstrips, permanent roads, some clearcuts and reasonable logging/thinning operations must be encouraged.

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Chuck Vogelsong

Fence damage south of Riggins.

Enclosed are some pictures of the Forest Service office and grounds at Riggins. Note the lack of care to the plastic fences. It took months to repair fire-damaged parts, and the present breakages from something hitting the fence has gone on far too long. Likewise, the missing top rail piece has been missing for a very long time now. Still, no fire prevention or weed elimination. Maybe some rocks around the side of the driveway, or maybe some chain link fences? If they can’t or won’t handle the small stuff better, can you really expect much in the forests?

I think the State of Idaho can and would do a better job. It is time to give the forests back to the states as the Constitution has always set forth (Article 1, Section 8, last two paragraphs).

C.M. “Chuck” Vogelsong

Riggins



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