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Our National Forests were designed for more than just resource extraction, says conservation scientist Amanda Rodewald

National Forests: Not Just for Timber

July 28, 2016

Ozark Mountains

Our National Forests were designed for more than just resource extraction, says conservation scientist Amanda Rodewald.

Amanda RodewaldAmanda Rodewald

In a July op-ed in The Hill, Rodewald reflects on two House bills that could shift millions of acres of federal public lands to state and local control. Conservation for outdoor recreation and other uses is a better way for National Forests to meet the needs of present and future generations, she argues:

All land in the National Forest System must be managed for multiple use and sustained yield of products and services and, therefore, are managed for timber harvesting, livestock grazing, watershed protection, fish and wildlife, and recreation . . . . The two proposed bills run counter to the multiple use philosophy by elevating one use—resource extraction, especially timber production—above others. By doing so, the bills restrict who stand to benefit from federal lands, including local communities.

Read more about safeguarding our National Forests in The Hill.

Rodewald’s op-ed is part of a series in The Hill supported by the Atkinson Center.

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