To the editor:
I read Tim Freeman's column the other day, "It doesn't have to be this way." I couldn't agree more, but would like to make a couple of other points.
The lack of proper management by the federal government of our forests has been a pet peeve of mine for some time. Logging is in the DNA of this part of the United States. The forests are a natural resource that should be used for the benefit of all. The forests would be better managed in the hands of private ownership, but that is another story. The management of the forests has become politicized to an incredible level. Again, they are a natural resource, and they are renewable.
Anyone who is concerned about affordable housing should want us to be able to log our local forests. Currently you see trucks coming from hundreds of miles away bringing logs to our mills. That is a lot of diesel being used that would not have to be if we were allowed to use our locally grown timber in a common-sense way.
I am sure many good people work in the BLM and Forest Service, but there is also a portion that are part of the "deep state" that wants to maintain the status quo. The environmentalists scream the loudest and bring frivolous lawsuits. Anyone with common sense can deduce that this lack of proper management is making our fire conditions worse.
Why not have logging and timber companies pay for the right to harvest the timber instead of paying someone to go in and thin underbrush, which would only be an expense with no incoming revenue.