Rocky Barker writes about the funding crisis at the Forest Service. Their budget is way down. It used to be kept up by big appropriations for timber cutting and forest fire fighting, but the timber lobby has gone away, and appropriations to fight fires are no longer a blank check.
Barker says that no interest groups have emerged yet to lobby for the funding the Service needs to carry on its new missions.
I should add that the recreation tax is turning into a public relations disaster.
8:15 a.m. May 3: Rocky Barker’s blog: Firestorm at the Forest Service. By Rocky Barker – Idaho Statesman