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Forest Flexibility - a Reader Writes


A California reader writes to confirm my contentions about TAPped’s sloppy characterizations of forest service history:

Just a few weeks ago I started volunteering at the National Archives and Records Administration’s regional location in Laguna Niguel, California. My task has been to work on archiving records from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which straddles the New Mexico and Arizona border (Laguna Niguel houses the documents for the western region forests). The records I’ve seen for this particular forest date back to at least 1916 and without a doubt the overwhelming nature of the documents relate to the working use of the lands in the forest. I’ve seen box upon box of grazing permits for thousands of head of cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. Special use permits for homesteads, road building, and facilities for outdoor sportsmen. Right-of-ways for power lines and other energy facilities. Our forests have been leveraged in a myriad of ways for at least a century.

It was interesting to note that right around 1970 the tenor of some of the correspondence changes. Forest supervisors begin sending out memos to staff reminding them to carefully word their external correspondence to reflect their careful stewardship of the land . . .

TAPped is definitely uninformed when it comes to forest policy.