Friday, June 29, 2012

Forest Service to justify its existence at summit

The US Forest Service is struggling: earth haters in Congress keep trying to cut its budget, morale is abysmal, and exhaustion is overtaking its ranks.

Now, the FS is issuing propaganda in an effort to bolster its image after failing its mission year after year. From a press release announcing a joint summit with Canadian forest managers:
“The borders that separate the United States and Canada don’t segregate threats to our natural resources,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The countries share common environmental concerns. It is critical that we continue to collaborate and address current and future land management challenges as partners.” The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.
Poor things.

Until stakeholders realize that the battle is against pine and not the beetle we're fucked.

President Obama: salvage what is left of the FS and divide it among agencies within BIA, Park Service and BLM.

Rewild the West.


Duffer said...

I dunno Larry - I'd possibly agree with combining USFS with BLM under Interior. They could call it what it is: Department of Consumable Resources. Agriculture never has made sense for Forest Service; but what does in Foggy Bottom?

The only "growth" in the USFS budget is in LE - like all other Federal Land Management Agencies . . . your new Federal Police force. It truly is now quite large - with a budget to match. Get "Toon" and "Gnome" to talk about that. Oh yeah, I'll bet they've not been properly briefed.

Ahhhh . . . Independence Day

John said...

Yep, the west is burning like crazy and the Forest Service is working like crazy to suppress wildfire - the very actions that caused the problem in the first place.

larry kurtz said...

As was said somewhere: it's like rolling the boulder back to the top of the hill so we can build more stuff below it for the next time.