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Speak Up for the Conservation of U.S. National Forests

4/7/2010 11:43:05 AM

Tags: U.S. Forest Service, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy, The Wilderness Society, national forests, climate change, conservation

SawtoothIf you’re a strong advocate for the preservation of the 193-million-acre National Forest System in the United States and you want your voice to be heard, here’s your chance. The Obama administration is giving citizens throughout the country an opportunity to share their opinions and thoughts on the future management of national forests. The U.S. Forest Service began hosting the first of many roundtable discussions on March 29. The roundtables, which end on May 12, will spotlight what the future holds for national forests in terms of how they will be managed.

According to Mike Anderson, a senior resource analyst with The Wilderness Society, the nation’s 155 national forest and grasslands are visited by more than 200 million people a year. 

“This is a golden opportunity for people to play a direct role in shaping the future of our national forests, as well as a golden opportunity for the Obama administration to listen to the concerns of its citizens,” Anderson stated in a press release.

A coalition of conservation organizations including Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy and The Wilderness Society is urging people to participate in these discussions and highlight topics such as climate change, the preservation of clean drinking water, protection of fish and wildlife and the restoration of America’s outdoor legacy. All of these are factors that will contribute immensely to the well-being of national forests for generations to come.

The forest service insists that the citizen’s voices will be taken into serious consideration and wants them to feel like they have an important role in the decision-making process regarding the future management and preservation of national forests.

If you’re interested in participating in one of the roundtable discussions, you can visit the U.S. Forest Service website to find one near you.

Photo by Istockphoto 

Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho 



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Todd Matthews
4/27/2010 11:40:39 PM
Todd Matthews @ Bob Rice....Here is a link about Souther Pine Beetles and what you can do about it. Good Luck!! http://na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/so_pine_beetle/so_pine.htm

BOb Rice_2
4/27/2010 9:16:58 AM
Here in North Florida,we are having BIG,Big problems with PINE BEETLES killing our pine trees. i have lost about 175 pine trees so far,and have another 50 trees that have been attacked. are there any solutions????????

Todd Matthews
4/27/2010 12:40:20 AM
I believe that our resources should be managed at the state level. Keep Federal Government out of it. That goes for forests, lakes, mining and drilling, and parks. States can coordinate commerce, education, knowledge, and research among themselves without Federal Regulation. The internet lets us coordinate these efforts between states. Let's get off the Federal tit ( our Federal Tax Dollars) and start acting like "These United States". Lets get off reliance of foreign resources. Finally, lets be better stewards of the planet God made for us and work together to reduce our consumerism. There is a balance to be had and we need to find it fast.

scott_53
4/26/2010 11:47:34 PM
Currently many products such as cellphones, computers, jet aircraft and the likes are all dependent on rare earth elements shipped in from mines in China. Our society simply would not function today without substantial quantities of those elements. This includes our government and military aircraft as well. This is nonsense, especially when the world's largest supply of those elements is right here in the US. But it's been deemed "wilderness" and off limits. So we borrow money to buy it from the Chinese who can cut off our supply and cripple our nation with the stroke of a pen. The wealth of our nation is due to how we manage our resources, not in how we become dependent on foreign nations for those resources. In recent history many of those resources were destroyed by fire, with the 2007 fire season being the largest in recent geological history. Too many trees were planted on too small of areas which resulted in the ladder fuels necessary for eliminating substantial stands of old growth. In fact, 2007 destroyed more old growth in the Frank Church wilderness, than the past 150 years of logging and mining combined. Road to hell is paved with good intentions.....and that's what over-reaching environmental policies are doing to the US...turning it into a lawyer's paradise and a working man's hell.

ted plottner
4/26/2010 10:27:01 AM
We are so sick and tired of corporatins influencing what is "scientific" and the MONTANA CATTLEMEN ASS.managing the wild Yellowstone bison.... and big business being one and the same as the government........that my family[children]no longer are involved with anything with the GOVERNMENT......a sad situation










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