To the Editor:

I am surprised and perplexed by the number of negative comments that continue to be voiced and/or published about the Blue Mountains Forest Partners and Mark Webb. I have read the rules for a 501(c)(3), including the disclosure rules and the hiring and payment of an executive director, etc. I heard the summary of BMFP’s major accomplishments presented to the County Court. I have also perused BMFP’s informative website. Since it formed in 2006 (and with membership and participation from a very wide range of community members), they have completed a huge amount of work with and for the community. Their work has clearly resulted in more logging, better forest conditions and more jobs in the community. They also insist on positive and productive attitudes and behavior, which I find refreshing in this county.

On the other hand, the Grant County Public Forest Commission was created in 2002. I have always been confused about their purpose (per their original document), almost never saw a meeting announced or any minutes and, after 15 years, I have yet to see any actual results from their existence. In fact, when I have heard GCPFC members speak, I have heard only complaints and criticism. Totally unproductive.

Am I missing something?

I am thankful and proud that Grant County has the BMFP, directed by Mark Webb, with full participation of a diverse board and membership, and with a well-researched and cooperative and collaborative approach, doing so much for the economic well being of our county.

Vicki Thompson

Mt. Vernon

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