"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".
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

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