State, Feds Ramp-Up ‘Good Neighbor’ Timber Projects

Jeff Ruch is the Pacific Director for the Washington D.C-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility or PEER. Ruch says, “They’re letting the state take over a significant part of the sale administration, basically letting your neighbor come in and sort your own pantry and that’s what’s going on here.”

PEER brought this very concern up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general regarding a timber sale in Southeast Alaska.

“Good Neighbor was not a win-win,” Ruch says. “It was a misnomer in that there was no restoration work being done, there was no reforestation even in areas where there were clear-cuts.”

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