Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Forest Service getting a new, $110,000 sign

The U.S. Forest Service is spending $110,000 to replace the sign at the entrance to the David J. Wheeler Federal Building in Baker City. The building, which includes the Post Office and the headquarters of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is at 1550 Dewey Ave. Forest Service officials requested the sign after employees from the Whitman Ranger District moved from offices on 11th Street to the Wheeler Building in December 2013, said Sally Mayberry, a public affairs officer for the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency that owns and maintains the Wheeler Building. “The USFS had a temporary wood sign previously but asked GSA to place new signs to better help visitors find the new Forest Service location,” Mayberry stated in an email. Although the Whitman District staff moved in in 2013, the building has housed the Wallowa-Whitman headquarters for more than 30 years...more

All we hear about is how firefighting costs are eating up more than 50 percent of the Forest Service budget and doing damage to other programs (see here and here).  Yet they can spend $110,000 on a sign??

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