Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Appreciating Thompson’s work

On June 9, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, successfully led the passage of the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The NFF was established in 1993 and has been essential in helping to steward America’s national forest system since that time. In addition to strongly supporting the protection of wilderness areas on national forest lands, NFF accomplishments also include:

•  More than 10 thousand miles of trail restored or maintained;

•  Nearly 4.4 million trees and shrubs planted;

•  More than 117 thousand acres of wildlife habitat restored or maintained; and,

•  More than 3,000 miles of streams surveyed or restored.

Rep. Thompson stated on the floor of the House just prior to the vote on his bill that the NFF “is an integral part of keeping our national forests, such as the Allegheny National Forest and dozens of other national forests around the country, viable and thriving for years to come.”

The Friends of Allegheny Wilderness applauds Congressman Thompson for his support for the important work that the NFF does. We look forward to working with his office in the future on the protection of wilderness and ecological restoration work here in Pennsylvania’s only national forest, as the great public treasure that it is.

Kirk Johnson