Logging down trees to improve forest health and wildlife habitats is a nonsensical fantasy

Steve Kelly

One of Montana’s most cherished wildlife management areas is located on the chopping block. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is now a full partner in the brutal war the logging industry is waging against nature. The FWP proposes to liquidate (machine record) approximately 1,500 acres of prime wildlife habitat in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (BCWMA).

You heard that right, Wildlife Log. Registration for private capital service closer to the truth. Which is better, private capital or wildlife? The record always looks and sounds better when shrouded in a prefabricated, disingenuous account of the timber industry that leads to confusion and indifference in the fishing community, and a real sense of pride and manliness in the governor’s office.

Don’t be fooled again, looting means certain death and forest destruction. When big machines start tearing the jungle to pieces, wild animals and local fish will try to escape. But where can they turn that which is not already funded into a farm producing nothing but government-owned goods?

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The good news is that FWP is accepting public comments, no later than January 19th. This doesn’t give the fishermen and concerned citizens much time, but this is the game of life and death the government is playing in the Blackfoot-Clearwater area.

Concerned citizens can access the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) of the Donnie Lake Forest Habitat Improvement Project at fwp.mt.gov/public-notices/news/2023/jan/doney-lake-forest-habitat-improvement-project-draft-ea.

Expedited registration with a 15-day public comment period precludes meaningful public participation, a right guaranteed by the Montana Constitution.

FWP must receive comments no later than January 19th.

Points to consider in your comments:

1) Perform an EIS with a complete economic analysis that includes non-monetary values ​​and benefits (interests).

2) Has the FWP consulted with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to obtain a “permit” for grizzly bear, lynx, bull trout, whitebark pine and wolverine that “may be present” in the project area?

3) Is there any evidence that elk and other ungulates are lacking food, are in poor health, or are in declining population in the project area?

4) Where is the source of funds for filing public records for private lumber companies at a loss to Montana taxpayers? What federal money is being paid for this project?

5) Please provide forensic evidence to support the assumption that the forest is “unhealthy” and in need of “treatment”.

6) Please describe how logging reduces hiding and thermal cover for elk and other large animals, displacing them to neighboring private land. Is there a “hidden agenda” to promote pay-to-play game farming and to increase fees/revenue?

7) Please explain how logging disturbs the soil, which contributes to the spread of weeds and reduces biological and genetic diversity.

FWP lists many of the purported benefits in the DEA’s purported “Purpose/Need”. Let’s unpack a few bags now.

“Big game forage improvement” is a euphemism. FWP is trying to hide cows. The public may find it insulting or upsetting to know that cutting down trees to increase forage is always a sign of lots of cows competing with large packs of game for limited forage. Most canned agency accounts that “promote growth and regeneration of aspen” attempt to hide cows. Cows and big game love to chew on aspen leaves and twigs.

“Encouraging low-intensity wildfires” is propaganda that ignores the dry conditions and high winds that lead to large wildfires – the “treatments” don’t work.

Logging is about money and control. Gaslighting hides the fact that this is a heist made to look like a gift from Santa.

Logging down trees to improve forest health and wildlife habitats is a nonsensical fantasy. Corrupt Montana politicians demand a steady stream of records in support of mill owners and bank parasites who exploit taxpayers for profit. End this madness, comment today.

Steve Kelly is a Bozeman artist, horticulturist and president of the Fish and Wildlife Council.

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