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Forests overgrown thanks to the USFS

Letter to the Editor

I am absolutely amazed at how our local economy changed over the last 50 years. Fifty years ago, there were 14 sawmills within 100 miles of New Meadows. Our economy was great, jobs were plentiful, welfare was almost nonexistent, we had a U.S.F.S. to be proud of, if a forest fire started it was put out immediately wherever it occurred.

Today, we have two sawmills within 100 miles of New Meadows, we have cell phones that are capable of doing almost anything. We have more people on welfare than working full time; however, jobs are plentiful, but nobody wants to work, as they can get more and easier money on welfare. Also, we need to thank the USFS, as we only have two seasons now instead of four: smoke and winter, with a few days in between.

Yes, our forests are getting terribly overgrown, again, thanks to the USFS, as they don’t put out wildfires and also do controlled burns, which they say is thinning the forest, which according to common sense and common knowledge is only making matters worse. This means our forests are being managed strictly for money and to hell with everything else. Yes, strictly money for the USFS.

This, in turn, is creating climate change, destroying our environment, our water, and our atmosphere. Welcome to progress. Thanks to the USFS.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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