Recently, U. S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska introduced a bill (H.R. 3650, the State National Forest Management Act of 2015) that would authorize each state to buy up to two million acres of national forest lands and manage them solely for timber harvest.
This bill offers nothing for the conservation of fish and wildlife, nor habitat protection, and this is very bad news for outdoorsmen.
Those of us who value our national forest lands for recreation stand to lose it to the timber industry.
Ranchers taking over a National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon seemed like a fringe movement to turn our public lands over to private interests. This movement has now arrived in Washington, D.C., as a serious threat.
If you value hiking and biking a forest trail, or listening to the sound of wild turkey at dawn, or any other outdoor activity on your public lands, contact your representatives and urge them to oppose H.R. 3650.