Excellent forestry editorial

Larry Caldwell larryc at teleport.com
Wed Dec 17 12:09:04 EST 2003

billg at microsoft.com (Rico X. Partay) writes: 
> "Larry Caldwell" <larryc at teleport.com> wrote:
> > ...the "healthy forests" initiative
> > ...was driven by local demands and
> > expertise, not by industry lobbying.
>     Is that just something you heard, or is there any evidence of
> this?

I happen to live in Ron Wyden's home state, and attended town hall 
meetings where the local citizens gave him an ear full.  The Healthy 
Forests Initiative has been in the works for a long time.  Wyden had a 
coalition and an agreement between parties, but didn't have the votes 
until the voters in California suddenly realized the national forests 
were their forests too.  

You need to quit demonizing the wood products industry and start 
listening to what the people who know the land are saying.  


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