Editor’s note: This opinion piece, by Rufus R. Kimrey, was published on line in the BILLINGS GAZETTE on Aug. 23rd. I initially saw it listed on Nick Smith’s circular.
This is a response to the Aug. 1 article concerning the proposed logging by the Forest Service near Red Lodge.
The U.S. National Forests were created around 100 years ago to protect the natural resources of the watersheds of every major river system in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service was created to insure the proper management of these resources, forests, wildlife and water. This agency has traditionally been staffed by individuals educated and trained in the appropriate biological sciences such as forest management, wildlife management, fisheries management, range management, etc.