By Anna Morrison, Oregon Women in Timber
Andy, Andy, Andy,
I just finished reading your 8/14/17 Oregon Wild Blog about your interpretation of the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
Lies, Lies, and more Lies. When are you going to start being truthful with the public about your real agenda to lock up all federal timber in the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the country.
Below I have listed some true facts about the “Resilient Federal Forests Act” of 2017 HB2936:
- Utilized tools that the FS and BLM can implement immediately to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestation and damage to municipal watersheds
- Utilize tools that the FS and BLM can implement immediately to quickly remove dead trees after wildfires (in limited areas)to pay for reforestation and rehabilitation after fire and reduce threats to infrastructure and human health and safety
- Incentivizes collaboration and speeds the implementation of collaborative projects
- Creates a pilot program to resolve legal challenges against forest management activities through binding arbitration, providing outside organizations the opportunity to offer an alternative to the challenged activity to be weighed against the FS and BLM proposal by an independent arbitrator
- Creates no new requirements –no new mapping, planning or reports
…and so much more so that we will have vibrant public multiply use lands for generations to come instead of fire scorched hillsides, muddy watersheds, dead wildlife and smoked filled air to breathe.
It baffles me that you and I are reading the same bill HB2936 and you are not seeing these potential benefits to our national forests listed above. I would challenge all of your readers to go to www.thomas.gov, type in HB2936 and read the bill for themselves.
It is pretty obvious that you have thrown up a “smoke screen” to what the actual intent of the bill is. Please stop distorting and twisting the facts to fit your preservationist agenda to the determinant of the public good.