Welcome to the United Nations of Idaho Forests - Part 5
Congratulations to those who have read through Part 1-4. Sadly, this information on forests only scratches the surface. These articles have progressed from understanding Idaho forests to the needs of the lodgepole and forest, through the regulations and federal programs that contribute to its destruction, land grabs that are slowly removing Idahoans from the forests that are rightfully theirs, NGO and business involvement with the United Nations (UN) to govern our forests, how education programs are used to indoctrinate on sustainable development (SD) and UN ideology, and the deep involvement of the UN down to a very local level. No information could be found where the UN was not an influence on any forest policy.
There are businesses and people who really do have the best interests of forests at heart. Although not in Idaho, the Sustainable Lumber Co. in Missoula, Montana, owned by Ryan Palma, coined the phrase, "We are the true tree huggers". They salvage beetle kill pine and fire damaged timber, while leaving behind a healthier forest, and produce some of the most beautiful wood products you will ever see. There are legitimate reasons to remove dead beetle killed growth for forest health as explained by this article, which environmental groups are unable to grasp, as well as other reasons explained in this article. Holding the same ideology as the UN, environmental groups believe any salvaging or forest management through logging or thinning is deforestation or profit motivated. However, as this company demonstrates, every tree taken is for the forest's benefit as a renewable resource and a constant watchful eye is kept on each tree's health. For the true tree huggers such as this business, foresters, and family owned forest landowners, frustrations are felt. They understand how these practices are contributing to forest destruction. Although they buy wood from local certified business and family forest owned land, this company practices good forest management, a skill that far exceeds any certification program, because they have a love of trees and forests that exceeds any profit motives, and without any hidden agenda to take land away from Americans. Glen Bailey is a Bonner County Commissioner in the Idaho Panhandle and has some interesting comments about collaborative relationships between all the parties involved with forests.
This series of articles is intended to inform, educate, and enlighten Idahoans about forest management in Idaho, and the UN influence on how our forests are managed. If this has led to concern about Idaho forests, perhaps one will become motivated to take Idaho land back. The American Lands Council (ALC) is doing just that, fighting to take back control of state land from the federal government. The numbers are against Idahoans, both by individuals, groups, and financially. But Idahoans can disengage with groups who promote UN ideology, create their own groups of resistance, educate others about this information, and boycott all businesses or products promoted by the UN. It is up to Idahoans. Rather than Welcome to the United Nations of Idaho Forests, it would read much better as Welcome to Idaho Forests.