Op/Ed

Editorial: Use of forest makes the news

Area residents who use our public forest lands for recreation as well as business should pay attention to two stories in today’s paper.
The first is on the Trump Administration’s plan to limit the public’s voice in ways in which Americans use the lands set aside as “public national forest.” Critics suggest he is taking the “public” out of that discussion and ceding control of those federal lands to big businesses to extract resources (primarily, oil, gas and timber). (See story on the front page.)
The second story (see Page 2A) seeks public input from those who recreate on the state forest lands. That story asks for Vermonters to take a survey so they can determine how best to use that state resource for the benefit of those who recreate in it. To make your voice count, please do.
The difference in approach, of course, couldn’t be more incriminating. 
— Angelo Lynn

 

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