"Forest and the Trees" by Senator Larry Craig, Senator (R), Idaho

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Sat Nov 13 04:52:20 EST 1999


Senator Craig wrote the following "letter to the editor" to U.S.
News & World Report's Nov. 8, 1999 issue. I'll leave it up to
yourself to contemplate the profundity of his "thinking".
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Forest and the trees

THE ISSUE BEHIND THE CONFLICT over President Clinton's
helter-skelter forest policy making is the public's access to
their-not mine, not his-national forests and the responsibility
of the Forest Service to manage for healthy forests ["See
Forests Through Trees," October 25]. The objective of Clinton's
effort is to turn 40 million acres of national forest into
restricted-access areas that only 2 percent of the forest
visitors (based upon Forest Service figures) will be able to
enjoy. The article points out that "the single largest user of
national forests is so-called drive-by tourists, who cruise
through the woods. . . ." Clinton's policy may be designed to
ban logging. However, its effect will be to limit accessby
hikers, hunters, snowmobilers, mountain bikers, and
cross-country skiers-and to destroy the very reason they chose
to visit in the first place: the forest. That's why this policy
is going to be extremely unpopular with thoughtful people who
enjoy both the forests and the trees.

--
Joe "Che" Zorzin
http://forestmeister.com





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