Out for a hike in the national forest yesterday and so discouraged to run into so many trees dying and falling down.

We heard from USFS Service administrators in legislative hearings last week that if all goes well next year, under the new provisions of the Farm Bill, they may be able to treat up to 5,000 acres of the 5 million acres in Montana classified at imminent risk of declining forest health. That’s 1/10th of 1%. At that rate it will take the federal government 1,000 years to clean up our forests. I think Montana can do better than that!

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