Secretary Visack and Chief Tidwell are destroying our National Forests—FOREVER—and lying about it!!
With a Mission Statement of "Caring for the Land and Serving the People" the National Forest Service is running a deception that equals any of the other deceptions in most departments of the U. S. Government.
Currently 44 National Forests in the western U.S. are threatened by 170 non-sustainable hardrock mining projects = big pits, toxic lake, piles of slurry, end of wildlife habitat and depleted and polluted water. While Vilsack and Tidwell are telling the media: National Forests in the West were created for wildlife, water supply and recreation!]
How many acres will these 170 projects destroy?—they don't keep those records
How many acres are currently being destroyed?—they don't keep those records
How much money are the U.S. taxpayers paying for the clean-up of old mines?—they don't keep those records.
[If you can get the information, please send it to me: Nancy Freeman
Forest Service management emphasize securing and protecting of water supply. The Forest Service is crunching out hundreds of reports that cost we taxpayers millions of dollars, while they are permitting the utter destruction of the water supply, the forest that brings in and holds clouds and moisture, and the trees that help the water to soak into the ground, so it does not flood the surrounding region.
Of the 44 National Forests currently under permitting for destruction, only four are listed on the Internet:
Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests - Projects
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Projects - USDA Forest Service
Superior National Forest - Projects - USDA Forest Service
Currently Threatened Forests
At the present time, forty-four National Forest "Reserves" are being threatened with 170 projects in the West (we are calculating other states).
Alaska: Total of Fifteen (15) Projects in Two (2) National Forests
Arizona: Total of Twelve (12) Projects in Four (4) National Forests
California: Total of Twenty (20) Projects in Five (5) National Forests
Colorado: Total of Fourteen (14) Projects in Five (5) National Forests
Idaho: Total of Thirty-six (36) Projects in Seven (7) National Forests
Michigan: Total of One (1) Project in One (1) National Forest
Montana: Total of Fifteen (15) Projects in Four (4) National Forests
N ew Mexico: Total of Three (3) Projects in One (1) National Forest
Oregon: Total of Sixteen (16) Projects in Six (6) National Forests
Utah: Total of Twelve (12) Projects in Five (5) National Forests
Washington: Total of Ten (10) Projects in Three (3) National Forests