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McInnis should keep up fight on forest

Dear Editor,

Sen. Tom Daschle, the Democratic Senate majority leader, recently relaxed regulations that had made sustainable forest management in the Black Hills all but impossible. Where during Mr. Daschle’s political maneuvering was the environmental community who is currently attacking Congressman Scott McInnis for wanting to improve forest health in his state?

While some members of the environmental community reveal this political double standard, they should re-examine the common-sense approach Mr. McInnis has taken. While Mr. Daschle sidesteps public involvement, McInnis’ approach simply shortens the amount of time a thinning project can be appealed. The congressman’s clear thinking balances the need for public involvement while allowing our government agencies to sustain the kind of forest health that makes them so attractive in the first place.

Despite the uphill battle created by double standards within the environmental community, I believe Congressman McInnis should continue to fight for his common-sense, well-balanced approach to managing our public lands.


Gabriel Gilliam

Grand Junction

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