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! http://chumly.com/tag/transferpubliclands
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
State lawmakers talk strategy on Utah’s public lands war with federal government | Deseret News. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609693/State-lawmakers-talk-strategy-on-Utahs-public-lands-war-with-federal-government.html?pg=1
"I don’t think anyone can objectively look at federal land policy and come to the conclusion that it is working," he said. "It is not working on the range, not working on the forest, not working on the extractive industry, not working for the recreationers, not working for the local communities trying to survive. And Washington is not aware of that. Washington is not working on that." - Deputy Attorney General Tony Rampton - D, Utah
"As Utah continues on the path of its goal to gain control of lands from the federal government, a wide array of strategies loom as possibilities. A meeting of the Commission on the Stewardship of Publ"
Guest opinion Facts knock down strawman arguments from land transfer opponents. http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-facts-knock-down-strawman-arguments-from-land-transfer/article_87ab9764-8782-5068-927e-df6ce0e37d88.html?fb_action_ids=1525767600990441&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
It is well documented that under federal mismanagement, our environment, economy, and people are needlessly suffering. Perfectly good access routes are being torn out, sustainable selective timber harvest has been reduced to an afterthought, dense overgrowth and extreme fire hazard is destroying Montana’s watersheds and wildlife, valuable natural resources are being wasted, and a lot of people’s jobs have vanished. Good management could reverse all that by accommodating a responsible balance of access, health, and productivity.
Most Montanans know better public land management is needed. Senator Tester & Governor Bullock admitted this just last year. Bullock even went on to say how much better our state public land management is than the failed federal model. By attempting to demonize Republicans who are working to achieve better public land management, and summarily refusing to even consider a model of more sensible state-based management, Democrat operatives reveal they have no interest in changing the status quo, nor do they believe in the ability of Montanans to wisely manage our lands and resources.
"“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi said that, and it’s a pretty reliable barometer of political progress. The"
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Veterans deserve more than thanks
August 26, 2014
By Senator Jennifer Fielder, Thompson Falls
Events like the annual Patriotic Concert in Thompson Falls are such a
special opportunity to gather with folks of all ages and all political
persuasions to do one very positive thing together: honor our United States military service men and women.
I am happy to donate funds to help Redemption Ranch Fellowship of Christ sponsor this annual BBQ, veteran recognition program, and musical
performance. In fact it was attendance at this event in 2012 that inspired me to pledge half of my legislative salary to good causes such as this. It was an honor to be able to support the Tri State Veterans Stand Down in Trout Creek earlier this summer as well.
This year as I moved along the receiving line at the Patriotic Picnic,
thanking each veteran for his service, I thought to myself how irrelevant it was whether the men I thanked were Democrat or Republican. The bottom line is they are Americans, and they stepped up and gave a big chunk of their life to serve our country. For that they deserve our respect and
We should always remember that some never came home, and the ones that did were impacted for life by the experience. Whether they served in the worst of war time, on covert missions they will never get credit for, or in peace time operations, the fact is they committed a significant portion of their life to the service of our country.
Military service is not just a job, and it’s not just an adventure either. It is a commitment to place your life entirely into the hands of others for a period of years, leave everything you cherish behind, standing in harm’s way if need be, and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.
During this year’s Patriotic Concert in a local park, I had the honor of presenting a small gift to members of Thompson Falls VFW. It was a framed photo from last year’s event that captured the color guard standing at
sharp attention, complete with flags and rifles held in a ceremonial
stance. Musician Linda Lanier stood proudly in the middle of the uniformed men, and the scenic Clark Fork River shimmered in the background. Two state senators, myself and Senator Matt Rosendale, were kneeling down in front of them on the soft green grass.
As I presented the gift, I told the retired soldiers what I liked most
about the photo is the fact that they are standing tall, and the senators are kneeling.”That’s how it should be”, I said.”You served our country, and we serve you.”
And that truly is the way I look at my duty as your elected representative. It is my job to serve the interests of the people the best I can, in
alignment with the required oath of office to uphold the United States an Montana Constitutions — whether you are a veteran or not, a Democrat,
Independent, Republican, Libertarian, Green, or none of the above.
To those of you who serve or served honorably in the U.S. Military, or lost a loved one in service to our nation: You have my deepest thanks and
sincerest sympathies for the hardships you endured. I hope we see more of you at future events like the Tri State Stand Down and Patriotic Concert so we can recognize your service and thank you in person!
I pray the efforts of public servants charged with administering veterans benefits will do right by each and every one of you. I know there is a lot of room for improvement there.
For regular updates on a variety of issues, or to tell me what is most
important to you, please connect with me at http://www.jenniferfielder.us, and/or friend me on facebook
Paul & I found arm load of great bargains at Thompson Falls Library book sale today! Great selection and only $1 a piece for soft cover and $2 for hardbacks..
The sale just started today and the ladies say it’s been pretty slow, so if you’re in the area there’s still a really good selection available. http://chumly.com/tag/ilovebooks
Just spent 16 hours with Dem & Republican leaders today on a tour of coal mining sites in Wyoming and Montana. Secretary of State, Director of Commerce, Director of State School Trust Lands,MSU extension, 3 Republican Senators, and others received a very informative briefing from representatives of Arch Coal. A long day, but very valuable insights..