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The Black Ram Sham and Other Lies

The usual suspects want you to believe that a mutually inclusive approach to the stewardship of our public lands is akin to heresy.

Jim Petersen -
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The Black Ram Sham and Other Lies

The brazen lies told by the anti-forestry mob are jaw-dropping. So is the failure of the news media to fact-check their increasingly hypocritical claims.

Black Ram, a forest restoration project in the remote Yaak Valley in Northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest, is the latest target of their willful deceit.

Among the prevaricators: Rick Bass, Yaak Valley Forest Council board chairman, who lives a few miles from the project; Adam Rissien, Rewilding Manager, Wild Earth Guardians; Mike Garrity, Executive Director, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Randi Spivak, Public Lands Program Director, Center for Biological Diversity.

On June 30, the Center, Yaak Valley Resource Council and Wild Earth sued the Forest Service in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Speaking on behalf of the three litigants, Spivak said, “Allowing huge, old trees and crucial grizzly habitat to be destroyed is reckless and incredibly short-sighted. This massive project defies President Biden’s executive order aimed at protecting old trees. We need these magnificent carbon-storing forests to help fight climate change and we’ll do everything possible to save them.”

As a starting point, know this:

  • There are no “huge, old trees” included in the Black Ram proposal
  • “Crucial grizzly habitat” will not be destroyed - and may well be improved.
  • All trees store carbon. Older trees hold more by virtue of being older but younger trees store carbon faster.

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