to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
Forest Supervisor Brazell is at it again. True to form, Brazell
intends to trick the public into believing that revising the Nez Perce/Clearwater
forest plans using the “new and improved” planning regulations will lead
to better forest plans.
A meeting in Grangeville to discuss the revision is scheduled for Thursday,
Sept 13th from 7-9 pm at the Senior Center.
Senator Crapo and his hand-picked collaborative group have selected
the Nez Perce/Clearwater forests as “early adopters” (a.k.a. guinea pigs)
for the new planning regulations.
The people at the meeting representing the USFS (you can bet Brazell
won’t be there) will describe how lucky we are to be “early adopters” because
the plans revised with the guidance in the new rule will allow maximum
flexibility for USFS decision-makers. This means the new forest plans
will codify an “anything goes” management style for the Rangers and Supervisors.
The “maximum flexibility” allows them to have their way with the forests
according to their values and politics and the public cannot stop them
because “the forest plan says its OK.”
The respected online newspaper for NewWest tells the public the truth
about the “new and improved” forest plan revision rule laid on us by Senator
Craig. See: http://www.hcn.org/issues/43.4/new-national-forest-rule-lacks-rigor
Please attend this meeting and ask probing questions. When the
people representing the USFS give you meaningless answers or say they don’t
have the answer to your question (which of course they do), write a letter
to the editor the next day telling your neighbors what their tax dollars
are buying and how these so-called USFS public servants behave.
Dick Artley (retired USFS forest planner)
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