Originally published October 9, 2013 at 6 a.m., updated October 9, 2013 at 6 a.m.
A large portion of the Nez Perce National Forest will never be the same after Labrador, Crapo and Risch have their way with it. An Oct. 3 article in the Lewiston Tribune discusses how our so-called representatives plan to legislate the Lochsa Land Exchange. The bill will most likely be hidden as a rider to a must-pass bill to assure the land exchange will not be debated. When the exchange is finalized, 30 square miles of the Nez Perce National Forest will become private property. Western Pacific Timber LLC (WPT) will be the new owners. WPT is owned by the infamous billionaire, Tim Blixeth. WPT is a real estate company that will develop the public land they acquire for summer homes and ranchettes for the wealthy 1 percent in America. How tidy.
Want to go hiking, fishing, picnicking, hunting, camping or driving in the woods for pleasure? Forget it. You will be turned away by “No Trespassing” signs. Don’t trust what WPT says. They say there will be easements and deed restrictions to prevent development. Prevent development? Why else do they want the land? Most honest politicians strive to serve their constituents. Not Labrador, Crapo and Risch. They are obsessed by the need to serve their corporate masters at any cost.
Dick Artley Grangeville