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By Terry Rice
Missoula, Mont. 

Forest Service Accountability


Regarding Congressman Gianforte’s May 2, 2018 Missoulian article titled “Congress working on jobs.”

Why is it that Mr. Gianforte and Congress do not understand that properly managed forest equates to permanent jobs, property protection, healthy wildlife and a healthy smoke-free environment for all of us?

The National Forest Service’s let it burn policy equates to temporary jobs, until there is no forest to fight forest fires, loss of property, loss of wildlife habitat and poor air quality.

Fifty years ago the firefighters’ motto was “Fire out by 10 the next morning.” Today the firefighters’ motto is, “We fight them we don’t put them out.”

Responsible leaders would let incompetent people go, not throw more tax dollars at them.

Why in the name of common sense would you people reward the U.S.F.S. and their let it burn [after they start their backfires] policy with paying for it out of a national disaster fund? Force them to be responsible for the fires by continuing to pay out of the U.S.F.S. budget and layoff their office help if necessary. Then we would have good forest management.

This is what is meant by “draining the swamp.”


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