Federal Govt Mismanagement of Forests is Devastating States, Local Govts and Schools
Today in the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) addressed the committee & questioned witnesses in a hearing on Federal Lands.
He noted the vast amount of national forests in east Texas and mentioned hearing reports by private land owners, living near federal lands, that there has been more hostility than ever by federal employees toward east Texans.
“The federal government is no longer being the good neighbor that they promised to be,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01).
Congressman Gohmert used a gentleman from east Texas as an illustration before the committee. In this gentleman's county, nearly $1,500,000 was received in revenue in 1996 from national forest timber production under the Secure Rural Schools Act. However, last year they only received about $400,000 due to the federal government's poor forest management practices.
He stated, “Since [private owners] can’t tax any of those national forests, [they] can’t generate much income; and, if they are not producing timber – we are not talking sequoias or redwoods, we are talking about pine trees – back every 15 to 20 years. 1.5 million in 1996 [in revenue] and last year they got about 400-thousand. The schools are suffering, the local communities are suffering. They’re dying – and it’s all because the federal government is not doing their job.”
Watch the FULL video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlsH19fQLjk
Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
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