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Re: NFC: Re: Fw: Resources other than timber now of secondary importance on Monongahela

In a message dated Tue, 18 Dec 2001 12:47:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, Boo Radley <departmentus at yahoo_com> writes:

> Yes, it is no accident that the US Forest Service is
> part of the Department of Agriculture. In the US West
> much of what is cut down on Forest Services lands is
> sent to Asia for milling. Taxpayers subsidize F.S.
> lands heavily. Is this a good idea? This creates some
> local jobs, but gives many corporations big profits.
> None dare call it socialism for the rich!
> Boo Radley, Saraland, Alabama

Just exactly what do you mean by "much" of what is cut is sent to Asia for milling?  I need to have your sources as I have personally been involved in logging in the West's National Forests for much of my adult life and from my experiences of logging in southern & central Idaho and in coastal Alaska & Washington would indicate you exagerate.  
I also would like to say that I don't agree with Wally that the National Forests should only exist for logging.  Multiple use makes so much sense, it's difficult for me to understand why more experienced & sensible people remain ignorant to the reasonableness of the multi-use capacity of not only government owned lands but private as well.  By ignorant, I don't mean stupid, just not well informed nor experienced with that which they have such strong opinions - opinions based more on emotion than facts.  Don't you all see the progess made at making other industries cleaner & "greener", so why won't you accept the same can & is happening with farming, ranching or logging?  Most people want to do what is right and I don't know of anyone who enjoys the lifestyle of farming, ranching or logging who wouldn't want conditions to be good for their children to enjoy the same lifestyles.  Destroying natural resources and natural places is not in their long-term benefit.  You pave over, build over, or otherwise develop 
what once was pristine land in every single instance, whether you're in Alabama, New Jersey or where ever.  This includes where you work, travel or whatever.  That's going to be darn-near irreversible, yet you all are totally against multiple use with some careful harvest of renewable natural resources like logging or farming. That, my friend, is hypocritical.

Bruce Scott
Meridian, Idaho