On Being a Steward of the Forest

The McCreary Voice — By Alan Harrelson — As a strong believer in private property, I would not dare tell another landowner what to do with his home, his land, his family. But with the forestry service we are not discussing private property, but rather a vast amount of public acreage that is, by law, supposed to be preserved and maintained for the benefit of the people. That’s us. You and me. That benefit comes in many forms, including recreation, education, and hopefully, a lasting appreciation for the sheer beauty of these mountains and the forests that cover them. I am not convinced that the USFS is interested in any of these benefits as much as it is seeking income from logging contracts. The forestry service is broke, has no money, just like most every other dimension of the federal government. I’m convinced this project is about money and little else.

Read this Letter to the Editor in The McCreary Voice