Gil asked a really good question, in my mind, one that is another way of asking what are our public lands for? But a bit more concrete.
Here’s his question. I’m hoping regulars on the blog will answer as well as perhaps some newbies.
The National Park Service (NPS) approach seems to be what the Forest Ecology Scientists and a lot of environmentalists want.
So, my question to all is: how many people in the NCFP group would think that things would be better off if all USFS lands and budget monies (less any economies of scale savings) were transferred to the NPS along with any resources that the NPS requested?
If you don’t choose the transfer, then please tell us what advantages you see for some federal lands being managed by the USFS over NPS management.
As far as I am concerned, with things the way that they are now, I see no reason not to turn all management over to the NPS. It would get the stigma of the USFS being logger friendly off of the table and maybe give the environmental groups a degree of collaborative confidence that is missing to a large degree with the USFS.
Let’s begin this discussion by assuming that there would be no obligation to log any lands.