I am writing this to address the lack of stewardship of our public lands.

I see both of you as nothing more than publicity loving puppets. You care about the lobbyists who fill campaign chests, not the Oregonians that elected you to represent them. I and most Oregonians that have traveled east of the Cascade mountain range can see that our publicly owned forests are in a state of extreme neglect. If they haven’t burned, they’ve been killed by insects and left as monuments. The environmental industry has been effective in stopping or delaying the harvest of millions of acres of destroyed timber.

We are tired of watching our forests, rangelands and homes burning up because of failed management policies implemented by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that you appear to support. Why are fires on public lands allowed to burn until there is no hope of stopping them before air tankers and ground equipment are dispatched?

For the past 75 years, forest fires and range fires were fought and controlled so damaged could be kept to a minimum. The Oregon Department of forestry still stands behind this policy. The wild fire industry, the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, and representative Greg Walden are asking for more taxpayer dollars to continue funding these failed policies.

Why?

These policies defy all common sense so it boils down to the more money that can be thrown at wildfires, the more that can stolen and wasted. How many millions of dollars does the government pay Erickson Air Tanker and others in the industry to hire their tankers, helicopters and support crews to fight these manipulated wildfires over all the western states? They have created one hell of an industry that consumes more land, wildlife, cattle and homes every year.

Secondly, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley support the Obama administration and the environmental industry by further restricting public access to Owyhee Canyon  country and the Ochoco National forest.  The public has enjoyed the beauty and resources of these areas for more than 100 years. What this means to the public is more regulations, more government workers and more wildfires.

Thirdly, what about the wolves? Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both voted in the The Senate to keep the grey wolves in and around Minnesota on the endangered species list. Doesn’t appear to be any of their business, but now we know where they stand with Oregon wolves and that they are in bed with the environmental industry and not supporters of rural Oregon as they have tried to lead us to believe.

Do we want this to be our legacy?

Dave Molony

Scappoose

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