Hero: Bill Worf

For the three of you who don’t read Wulfgar’s! “A Chicken is not Pillage” (whatever the h*ll that means), he has a fantastic post up about Conrad Burns’ new proposed legislation allowing motorized transport through Bitterroot-Selway wilderness areas to maintain dams in the mountains.

I’ll let Wulfgar! do the heavy lifting in explaining the issue, but suffice to say that the dams don’t actually pose much threat to life and property to Bitterroot homeowners. Basically it’s the type of legislation that will provoke environmentalists to action and make themselves look bad to anyone who’s not familiar with the issue. I.e., most of Montana.

But out of the morass comes a clear voice: Bill Worf.

Bill Worf, a retired Forest Service official who once ran the agency's national wilderness program, said the bill is unnecessary for continued maintenance of the dams.

"They were built with traditional hand tools and horse power 100 years ago, and were maintained the same way ever since," Worf said. "The Forest Service promised Congress that's the way it would be when the wilderness bill passed. If the dam owners don't want dams in the wilderness, then they should breach the damn things and leave the people's wilderness alone."

Bill Worf is a WWII Marine vet, career forester, and founder of Wilderness Watch, a non-profit environmental organization.

‘Nuff said.

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