Guest columnists U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and Jim Boyd have it wrong [“Tribes can help lead on better forest-management practices,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. They advocate passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act to grant tribes the authority to manage neighboring National Forest lands to reduce the wildfire danger to tribal lands.
Since when is management of your neighbor’s land your responsibility? The responsibility for forest management of the National Forests rests with U.S. Forest Service, not the tribes. The tribes should advocate a grass-roots effort to encourage the Forest Service to properly manage its lands.
The Forest Service’s lack of management is mismanagement. Proper management of our forests would increase the land’s productivity, improve its health, and reduce the risk of wildfires. If the Forest Service does not live up to its responsibilities, the next appropriate avenue is via the courts.
Dave Townsend, Bellevue
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