FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2015
Contact: Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater (208) 882-9755
Local citizens organize event to oppose Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
Moscow-The Palouse group-Sierra Club, Palouse Chapter of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, and Friends of the Clearwater are working together to generate letters of opposition concerning the controversial Upper Lochsa Land Exchange. The local groups are inviting the public to the Garden Lounge at 313 S. Main Street in downtown Moscow on Monday December 7th from 4:00 – 7:00pm. U.S. Senator James Risch is accepting public comments until December 11th.
Western Pacific Timber, owners of private land near the headwaters of the Lochsa River, has drafted legislation titled, “Upper Lochsa River Enhancement and Land Exchange Act of 2014.” Their intention is to work with Senator Jim Risch to pass future federal legislation that would trade 39,000-acres of badly cut-over land for thousands of highly valued acres on the national forests near Bonner, Kootenai, Idaho, Clearwater, and/or Latah Counties.
Senator Risch told a crowd of over 300-people last week in Grangeville that he has not made up his mind on whether or not to introduce legislation in Congress.
“Senator Risch claims he is neutral on the subject, and that he wants to hear from the public about potential legislation,” said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “We are calling on people from all political backgrounds to join us in sending letters to his office.”