Friday, July 19, 2013

Move afoot to use Forest Service land for housing

U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet introduced legislation to facilitate the use of Forest Service land for affordable housing in Summit County. The legislation calls for a 40-acre land exchange from the Dillon Ranger District to Summit County. It serves as a companion bill to the one Rep. Jared Polis introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in June, the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act. “This legislation is a result of a community-driven effort to create housing opportunities for people who live and work in our communities,” Polis said in a written statement...more  

Hey Udall, Bennet & Polis: Why not introduce legislation that will once again allow private sector harvest of timber, bringing down the cost of lumber and making housing more affordable for everyone?

1 comment:

Food for Thought said...

I sure hope this land exchange/purchase will not add fuel to the fire in regards to the urban interface issue the FS already faces when fighting wildfire! I know that is a terrible saying right now, but the article previous to this shows how the growth of communities in the west into the urban interface has really tied the hands of the FS.

I just wish more communities would stand up to the enviros and tell them they will be sued if they stop thinning and harvesting operations on FS lands near where they are!