Protection of Wyoming and Salt River Range, plus Commissary Ridge from drilling wins praise-
Massive Public Lands Bill a Bonanza for Sportsmen. By Chris Hunt. New West.
But there is more in the bill than protection of certain parcels of land-
If you don’t think about the Owyhee Initiative part of the bill, it seems like a good bill for wildlife; although there are several little discussed provisions. For example, I just got email containing an almost overlooked entire “Title” of the bill. This title creates the “Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund,” which could result in a lot of tree cutting and brush clearing on the public lands and adjacent private and state lands, although it looks like the number of projects are legally limited. If this was lifted, this one way a lot of local employment could be created during the recession/depression.
To quote from the bill . . . the purpose of the Title is
(1) encourages ecological, economic, and social sustainability;(2) leverages local resources with national and private resources;(3) facilitates the reduction of wildfire management costs, including through reestablishing natural fire regimes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire; and(4) demonstrates the degree to which–(A) various ecological restoration techniques–(i) achieve ecological and watershed health objectives; and(ii) affect wildfire activity and management costs; and(B) the use of forest restoration byproducts can offset treatment costs while benefitting local rural economies and improving forest health.”
Here is the text of the entire title s-22-title4-omnibus-public-lands pdf file.