by Senator Jennifer Fielder, Montana State Senate District 7
[Note meetings on Dec 11, 12, 13. See below. - Ed]
I wish I didn’t have to keep reporting on the federal lands dilemma. But proper management of these lands is a huge issue that affects so many aspects of our lives, economy, and environment.
Recently a letter published in local newspapers criticized the validity of information I previously presented about forest access restrictions. My report was based on meetings with federal officials and extensive review of the Kootenai National Forest (KNF) plan.
Specifically pages 6-8 of the Record of Decision list the 500,000 acres that will be placed off limits to motorized access; and pages 16-17 of the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) show the limits on timber production at just 793,700 acres of the 2.2 million acre forest.
That amounts to only 36% of the total forest to be managed for any sort of economic timber production. [Read more...] (95)