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Before the Clinton Administration limited timber sales, U.S. forests helped pay for their own upkeep. Selective logging cleaned up grounds and paid for staff, forestry stations, cleanup and roads. Today, with green groups blocking timber sales at every turn, the GAO says taxpayers will have to spend $12 billion to cart off dead wood.
1 posted on 06/21/2002 8:58:41 PM PDT by brityank
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Ping.

I thought this needed its own thread.

2 posted on 06/21/2002 9:00:15 PM PDT by brityank
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BUMP
3 posted on 06/21/2002 9:02:43 PM PDT by Exit148
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Surely there is some lawsuit that can be brought against these "greens" for the damage they have done. The best thing is to bust them dry, take all their money, sue their sponsers blind until fat cats are afraid to spend their money supporting lame idiot organizations that can't just mind their own freakin business. And make darn sure that these organizations recieve zero government money.
5 posted on 06/21/2002 9:09:33 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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Thanks for posting this thread, brityank and thanks TaRaRa for the ping.

I think a strong argument could be made to get rid of the US Forrest Service. They are filled with Greens in their management which would make it impossible to reform and you know it is impossible to get rid of Federal employees.

Congress could then turn the Forrests over to the states who could manage them. If the voters of the state feel they failed then the Governor and responsible parties could be voted out. The state could keep some land as State Forrests and perhaps privatize a percentage.

Hopefully if anything good comes out of the Colorado fires it will be a national discussion of this problem. There are better solutions than to continue with current way of doing things.

8 posted on 06/21/2002 9:32:55 PM PDT by Balata
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Thank you for posting this EXCELLENT column. It belies this cock-eyed notion that the USFS has been a poor steward of the land and lays the blame exactly where it should be. The majority of the men and women in the USFS have recognized this problem for years but have been powerless to do anything about it under the Clinton administration.

A couple of other facts I have heard is that the entire budget for fighting fires in 2002 will be depleted in about 13 days, on or about July 4th. In addition, there are approximately 5,000 greenie lawsuits pending against the USFS.

What a deal, huh?


10 posted on 06/21/2002 10:19:00 PM PDT by justshe
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One solution would be to follow the lead of private timber companies, whose forests don't tend to suffer such catastrophic fires. Their trees are an investment; they can't afford to let them burn. Americans should feel the same way about theirs.

Amen!!!

16 posted on 06/21/2002 11:10:51 PM PDT by farmfriend
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BTTT
18 posted on 06/22/2002 10:31:58 AM PDT by hattend
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Here is an idea for an enterprising lawyer.

Start a class action suit against every evironmental group that has be against logging. You could even throw in politicians that have been against logging.

Sue them for the cost of fighting and the clean up and the damage of the recent fires in Colorado and Arizona.

20 posted on 06/22/2002 7:51:55 PM PDT by eFudd
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