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Sun., Nov. 17, 2013

Colville Forest timber sale mismanaged

Colville National Forest Supervisor Laurie Jo West is proposing to hand over control of 84 square miles of the forest to a corporation. Her pre-solicitation for the contract for the A to Z timber sale is already posted on the forest’s website. West did not take her timber sale through the National Environmental Policy Act process prior to any implementation action (including contract preparation), as required by law.

West violates the National Forest Management Act by allowing the contractor to determine the location and size of the logging units. She violates it again by allowing the contractor to cruise and mark the trees.

West will claim the forest stewardship laws give her this authority. Neither of the two laws allows anything remotely similar to West’s proposal.

The laws granting the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stewardship authority allow them to trade goods for services. For example: The contractor gets the logs for work to improve fish and wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

When West awards the contract, it will be too late.

Dick Artley

Grangeville, Idaho

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