Fwd: Re: U.S. Natural Res. Budgets

Co-Administrator Co-Administrator at forestnet.com
Fri Feb 17 08:00:49 EST 1995

In article <199502091716.LAA71758 at audumla.students.wisc.edu> 
djmladen at facstaff.wisc.edu (David J. Mladenoff) you writes:

:  ... suggests those who work with or for the agencies identify areas that
:  are not effective, thereby helping to assure that cuts are applied in the
: right places....  assumes a rational process of decision-making would 
: prevail in determining what and how much is cut, if only the right 
: information is made available. I see little indication of that in the
: current climate, and instead fear such an approach may merely contribute
: to a budget cutting feeding frenzy, making things worse.

The idea that bureaucrats need to stick together and withhold relevant 
information in order to protect their budget turf is, in my opinion, part
of the problem here.  To argue that we should avoid discussing the subject
in fear of arbitrary and ill-informed cutbacks is, in large part, a self 
fulfilling prophesy.

We and our professional organizations are undoubtedly going to be spending 
time and resources attempting to influence the federal budget process as it
pertains to public forestry investments. I would like to see that effort
directed toward maintaining the most effective public programs.  We as 
professional land managers should be focusing on promoting good forest 
management across all ownerships rather than on maximizing the level of 
public investment in forest resources. 

K.T. Wieringa                             Ironwood, MI

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