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Commissioners making deals with environmentalists

| February 8, 2007 11:00 PM

To the Editor:

Well, here we go again.

Our duly elected county commissioners making deals with local environmentalists to give away areas such as Roderick Mountain and Northwest Peaks for wilderness designation.

Once land is put in this category, all management is decided in Washington, D.C., and all local input is lost.

Any deals made with Yaak Forest Council amounts to absolutely nothing, as they represent nobody but themselves, which is probably no more than five or six people at the most.

They don't speak for most people in the Yaak, like they claim. They have nothing to say about a lawsuit coming out of Missoula or any place else in the country to stop any forest plan by the county commissioners or anybody else.

We have several times voted "no" to wilderness, and "no" to more roadless lands, and yet our two Democrat county commissioners don't seem to get it.

Maybe a recall petition might help to change some minds.

Harvey H. Fredericksen