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Timber Harvest Reform Opposed By Environmental Group

September 23, 2013 Bridger Teton National Forest, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The Congressional Budget Office does not reflect all that favorably on proposed legislation by Washington Congressman Doc Hastings and co-sponsored by Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis to more than double harvest on public lands.  It is not only a question of the visual impacts though, according to Noah Matson of Defenders of Wildlife who says water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreation would be impacted.  Under the bill, the timber sales process would be speeded up making it more difficult for those with concerns to challenge the sales.  Says Matson: “There’s no way to achieve the level of cut that they’re proposing, and there’s a reason that most of them waive in some form environmental laws to achieve their timber-cut objectives.”   The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would mean two-billion dollars in additional timber revenues over the next ten years.  The bill is currently in the House Rules Committee which is the final step before heading to the House floor for a vote.

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