Letter: Hastings sponsored bill goes by cynical name

October 9, 2013 

No so healthy act

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings just sponsored a bill cynically named, "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act." (If you believe Doc cares about healthy forests, I'll sell you a bridge.)

It would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell no less than 50 percent of the sustained yield from the newly created "Forest Reserve Revenue Areas'." The bill would create rules for "fuel reduction" (read "timber harvesting"), without requiring consultation of sound science, environmental analysis or public input.

Under this, "No Tree Left Behind" Act, companies will be allowed to cut large diameter trees under a false pretense, while neglecting the greater issue of ladder fuels -- brush and small trees, leaving debris that would add to volatile ground fuels. So, how is this "restoring healthy forests"?

Apparently, this is what Weyerhaeuser's $70,000 lobbying contributions to Doc has purchased -- a cheap price for the Nation's forests.

THERESE HOWE, Richland

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