Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined her congressional colleagues from both Wyoming and South Dakota on a letter to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) expressing concern with their recommendation to reduce the timber sale program in the Black Hills National Forces (BHNF). The members are also seeking answers about the process the USFS used to reach this recommendation.    

“To continue successful management and care of the BHNF, we urge the USFS to substantially increase involvement from the states of South Dakota and Wyoming, local county commissions, and other stakeholders who stand to be most affected, including the forest products industry, in discussions of the BHNF timber sale program and forest planning,”the delegations wrote.“We also request that the USFS immediately implement the recommendations from the BHNF Advisory Board, including maintaining the timber sale program at 181,000 continuous cover forestry (ccf) sawtimber and 21,000 ccf of 5-9” trees, and prioritize providing resources needed for the BHNF to accomplish the recommendations.”

“As you know, the BHNF has been nationally recognized as an example of how proactive forest management can be successful in reducing impacts from mountain pine beetles and wildfires, with multiple senior officials touring the BHNF to see the successes firsthand,”the delegations continued. “The BHNF is one of the last National Forests where, together, we can still implement forest management on a meaningful scale to benefit forest health.” 

The full text of the letter can be seen here or read below: