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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 01:15 AM
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GOP pushing for more logging in national forests
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Source: Seattle Times 10/2/11

By Kyung M. Song
Seattle Times Washington bureau

WASHINGTON A century-old federal program that compensates counties straddling huge tracts of nontaxable national forests has expired, and House Republicans are using its reauthorization to push for opening the land to more logging and mining.

The GOP wants to shift the forest-payment program closer to its 1908 origin, when the federal government directly split revenue from timber, mining and other activities to pay for local schools and roads in Washington state and around the country.

Environmentalists and the U.S. Forest Service oppose the changes, including proposals to re-link payments to the amount of timber or minerals extracted and to set first-ever minimum timber-harvest targets for each national forest.

Currently, logging in national forests produces about 3 billion board feet of timber annually, a 75 percent drop from its peak 20 years ago.

Beleaguered local officials, already grappling with budget shortfalls, are pressing for quick reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act to avert an interruption in payments. At the same time, they want Congress to revamp the payments, which they consider inadequate and undependable.

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What else would you expect from the flat earthers? :mad:
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  -GOP pushing for more logging in national forests RiverStone  Oct-03-11 01:15 AM   #0 
  - Whatever happened to "tending the Garden?"  sakabatou   Oct-03-11 01:19 AM   #1 
  - Mother. Fuckers.  cliffordu   Oct-03-11 01:23 AM   #2 
  - Of course they are. Koch makes a lot of paper products.  No Elephants   Oct-03-11 01:29 AM   #3 
  - I think we are going to hear much more of this, as the Rethugs...  Zookeeper   Oct-03-11 01:41 AM   #4 
  - When every tree is gone and every river poisoned, they will see that you cannot eat money.  FarLeftFist   Oct-03-11 01:47 AM   #5 
  - "Screw the children and grandchildren. Sneer." - Repiblicons (R)  SpiralHawk   Oct-03-11 05:04 AM   #6 
  - The big timber companies don't want this  Kolesar   Oct-03-11 05:36 AM   #7 
  - I live in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest  WranglerRog   Oct-03-11 07:08 AM   #8 
  - Of course they want to do this - it benefits the 1%!  salin   Oct-03-11 07:22 AM   #9 
  - This is part of the ALEC agenda...  hue   Oct-03-11 08:16 AM   #10 
  - Good to know. Thanks. n/t  Zookeeper   Oct-03-11 08:07 PM   #15 
  - The fedgov owns 30% of all US land...  Cool Logic   Oct-03-11 11:54 AM   #11 
  - Reads like GOP/Rush talking points.  Kingofalldems   Oct-03-11 01:01 PM   #12 
  - Reads like Stingy Bureaucrat talking points...  Cool Logic   Oct-03-11 01:06 PM   #13 
  - National forests comprise 8.5% of all U.S. lands  tabasco   Oct-03-11 04:10 PM   #14 
  - They are. They are producing much more of economic value than stripping them of trees would.  saras   Oct-03-11 08:15 PM   #16 
  - More lumber to build more houses to foreclose on?  tonekat   Oct-03-11 10:14 PM   #17 

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