Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Timber sale would hurt recreation

    Payette National Forest supervisor Keith Lannom has completed a draft EIS for the largest timber sale on public land in the United States this year. He’s accepting comments from the public for 45 days until Dec. 12.
    The draft EIS and maps are posted on the forest’s website. Lannom’s preferred timber sale alternative will have 37 square miles of logging units. He also plans to build 30 miles of new logging roads. This will all occur in the headwaters of the Weiser, Rapid and Little Salmon rivers near New Meadows that are all streams very important to those who go fishing.
    It might be worth a try to call Lannom and ask him to stop spending your tax dollars on this project that adversely affects recreational opportunities in the area. Nora Rasure, the Regional Forester in Ogden, Utah, needs to hear that you don’t want timber sales this large placed in recreation areas in the Sawtooth National Forest. Concerned Idahoans might also provide written comments on the draft EIS by early December. This gives one standing to appeal, but be aware that the USFS rejects the vast majority of appeals filed against projects that are important to agency like this one—regardless of the laws being violated.
    Isn’t it time to tell the Forest Service that they should serve the people who provide the tax dollars for their salary, rather than the corporations that remove our natural resources.
Dick Artley
Grangeville, Idaho

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