Sierra made an error in the September/October 2003 issue, and we'd like to set the record straight: On the "Last Words" page, a caption stated that some heavily logged Montana hills were on U.S. Forest Service land. But the logging actually took place on private land some 25 miles from Lolo National Forest. We apologize for losing our geographical bearings. But we stand by our assertion that logging is a serious problem in national forests.
Here's how Lolo Forest Supervisor Deborah L. R. Austin reacted to the September/October issue:
"I was shocked to see a photograph and related caption misrepresenting logging and roadbuilding on Lolo National Forest in Montana. The implication was that while Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth says that national forest management has changed, it really has not. The photograph was in fact taken on private land 25 air miles away from Lolo National Forest.
"As Forest Supervisor for the Lolo, I was saddened to see the continuation of these misperceptions of national forest management. What bothered me most is that the Forest Service has changed. The old timber wars are over. Today, we manage the national forests for the long-term health of the land. We are more concerned about how we leave the land—not what we take from it. Today our management is done in collaboration with the people we serve—people like you.
"Organizations like the Sierra Club could be our greatest collaborators. We all agree that the nation's forests and grasslands face enormous threats, such as invasive species, loss of open space, fire regimes that are out of balance, and growing recreation pressures. Isn't it time we stopped fighting yesterday's battles and joined together to meet the threats we face today?"