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FORESTS: Timber permits program needs streamlining

Letter by Scott E. Swanson, Lakewood on May 13, 2011 at 11:29 am | 2 Comments »
May 13, 2011 2:06 pm

Re: “Timber industry shouldn’t take advantage of a bad situation” (Viewpoint, 5-11).

Our state deserves a forest practices program that protects the environment not just comprehensively, but efficiently. This kind of critical reform is what timber companies are asking from the Legislature during this session, when government reform is needed more than ever.

The forest practices program, which issues timber permits, serves an important purpose but has become bloated and does not serve taxpayers or the environment. Some reasonable streamlining of the program – eliminating redundancies and waste – will help our state better protect the environment.

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