From Roy, Utah, a retired Forest Service man writes the President about the problems with "roadless areas"
March 9, 2003
By Jim Trenholm
Roy, Utah, USA
The Honorable George W. Bush, President, United States of America
Dear Mr. President:
Merlin Bartz, a friend of mine and a special assistant to Under Secretary
He wrote, "I know we are headed the right direction" with
regard to natural
I wrote back, I know we are, too and I believe we will never get
Jack Ward Thomas, a former Chief of the USDA Forest Service, said,
He tried, but it was not possible in the previous administration.
His successor, Mike Dombeck, was a political pawn, whose mission
was to elect
"Bush: Thinning forests best option -- Officials debate how
much is needed
My friend, Bernie Weingardt, former forest supervisor on the Wasatch-Cache
When Bernie was forest supervisor here, I made visits to planning
I wrote him several times, expressing concerns about [his] calling
Bernie never answered.
Neither did his then-boss, regional forester Jack Blackwell.
It is ironic that Jack Blackwell is again Bernie's boss in California.
When Jack Blackwell was deputy regional forester in Ogden, Dale Bosworth
Now Dale Bosworth is Chief of the USDA Forest Service -- and is again
Dale Bosworth's boss is Mark Rey.
Mark Rey's boss in Ann Veneman and Ann Veneman's boss is you, Mr. President.
In the ten years following my retirement from the USDA Forest Service,
I told that to Mike Dombeck, seven years or so ago, at a meeting
Mike said, "That is unacceptable."
Mike was the biggest offender.
When Dombeck was Chief, regional foresters could not even question
How is it possible to reconstruct a road in a roadless area?
Dombeck pushed the roadless initiative to the point where there are
All roads on National Forest system lands shall be planned, developed
Dombeck directed the destruction (decommissioning) of forest roads
Many roads were destroyed because of arbitrary 'road density standards.'
Mr. President, the Roadless Rule was wrong.
In Idaho, Judge Edward Lodge said so -- and your administration neither
Mark Rey and Dale Bosworth were wrong to agree with the rules for
Charles Colson was a palace guard for President Nixon during the
I agree with your Healthy Forests initiative and I know we cannot
People that work for you fear trying to tell you something you do
not want to
It is easier to be loyal to you because you are the President than
Mr. President, we expect answers. I pray for you and our great country.
I pray for Love, Peace and Understanding (not fear, war and cover-up)
(forwarded from Julie Kay Smithson)
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