The USFS delayed two projects in the Nemo area that are designed to fight the spread of the mountain pine beetle. These projects, if started right now, could very well save the trees on Nemo mountain. A delay means most certainly the demise of this area's forests and will be our very own Katrina.
The state money has been committed to work in Custer State Park, we need the state to find more funds and commit to work in the Nemo area..
We need the Senate and the House to pass legislation to allocate a minimum of $200 million through the Multi-Year Federal Farm Bill.
We originally were told that these projects would begin soon (this fall) and would entail the targeted removal of dead and dying trees and thinning out the forest, a plan which has proven to be effective against the mountain pine beetle.
There are over 80,000 affected trees in the area and every year those numbers could double. Now is the time to act, to save the trees we have before it's totally out of control. These projects, if started right now, could very well save the trees on Nemo mountain.
Recently, several citizens in Nemo discovered that the USFS delayed the Nautilus and Steamboat projects and that work won't begin for at least another two years.
Our call to action is as follows:
1) The U.S. Forest Service needs to re-prioritize its focus and start these projects immediately.
2) The Governor needs to allocate more state funds and broaden his focus to areas in addition to Custer State Park.
3) The U.S. House and Senate need to pass legislation to allocate a minimum of $200 million for these tasks through the Multi-Year Federal Farm Bill.