Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that all committees
may be authorized to meet during the
session of the Senate today.
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore.
Without objection, it is so ordered.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE REORGANIZATION-
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, during
the weekend, news reports e.ppeared
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1973
in Montana indicating possible changes
and consolidations in the regional setup
of the U.S. Forest Service. Senator METCALF
and I do not like what we hear. We
have not had verification, but we understand
that consideration is being given
to moving the regional offices from Missoula,
Mont., Ogden, Utah, and Albuquerque,
N. Mex., to the Denver, Colo.,
Federal region, including the closing of
many natlonnl. forest headquarters.
While we do not disagree with the
effort to unify the regional set~ for
many national Federal programs, it 13
important to point out that there are
exceptions. National .forest activity is
limited to certain areas of the Nation.
Any plan to make the Forest Service conform
to the Federal regional system is'
ridiculous. Missoula is the headquarters
of region I, one of the most active of
the Forest Service regions. It is centrally
located and is within easy access of all
the national forest headquarters. Missoula
is the center of considerable administrative
end research activity.
Region I is made up of the State of
Montana, northern Idaho, eastern
Washington, and the gra.'>Slands in
North Dakota and northern South Dakota.
Region I headquarters in Missoula
administers 26,126,040 acres of National
Forest lands. There are 16 national
forests within its jurisdiction, 10 in my
State, five in Idaho, and one in Washington.
The vast majority of the national
forests in Montana are in western Montana
and 1f we look at a map we can see
that Missoula is the logical, central location.
If region I is absorbed into region
n in Denver, it will be some 1100 to
1,000 miles away. Region n administers
20,000,000 acres of national forest. There
are 186,000,000 acres in the entire national
system of forest lands. The United
States is a very large landholder and it
does not seem unreasonable to ask that
they continue to be administered from
nine regional headquarters. Building up
an even larger administrative monster
in Denver, in addition to the one in
Washington, D.C., is not going to simplify
matters. Such action takes away
more responsibility and action from
We also understand that tlus proposed
reorganization involves a number of national
forest headquarters consolidations
and closures. If this is accurate, then it
seems very inconsistent with what the
administration would like us to believe
on another front. We all know that national
forest timber sales are way down,
in fact below the annual allowable cut.
This is due in part to an OMB enforced
personnel cut. There 1s no way in which
the Forest Service can efficiently offer
timber sales without adequate personnel.
To do otherwise would open up vast
acreages to a rape of the timber
All of this is being done at a time when
the Nixon administration's Cost of Living
Council indicates that they will increase
temporarily the Nation's lumber
supplY in an effort to combat rising housing
costs. The Council's recommendations
reportedly will include increasing
the Federal tllhber available for commercial
harvest. How can this be done when
they are reducing personnel?
The report indicates that the Council
also wants to attack the·railroad boxcar
Ghortagc as a contributor to high lumber
prices. This is a very real problem
and the Interstate Commerce Commission
has through its regulatory authority,
attempted to expedite the movement of
railroad boxcars with new cll.r orders and
stiff penalities. However, the administration
has severely limited the ICC personnel
ceiling so that they cannot hire
personnel to enforce and inspect the
movement of cars.
In conclusion, Mr. President, Senator
METCALF and I are very disturbed by
these recurring reports. We thought
we laid them to rest about a year ago.
We wish to take this public opportunity
to remind the current administration of
the Miles City Veterans' Administration
Hospital. Senator METCALF and I will not
stand by and watch a viable and effective
arm of the U.S. Forest Service in
Missoula, Mont., dissipated and cut up.
Region I should remain in Missoula and
it should remain with its present activities
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent
to have printed in the RECORD, a
series of communications my colleague,
Senator METCALF, and I have received and
initiated with the appropriate Federal
There being no objection, the material
was ordered to be printed in the RECORD,
MISSOULA, MONT., Jl!arch 2/J, 1973.
Senator MIKE MANSFIELD,
Alarmed by article In today's Mlssonllan Indicating
U.S. Forest Service will close regional
headquarters In Missoula, Ogden, and
Albuquerque within the next 1 to 3 months
and consolidate them 1n Denver. Plan Includes
consolidating omccs from Great Falls
and Butte to Helena e.s well a.s other Involved
changes. News article referred to a highranking
Forest Service omclal In region •1
making the announcement at Twin Falls to
the Idaho Wildlife Federation Convention.
This would be a major blow to Missoula and
the already diSrupted Montana economy.
Please refer to my letter of September 3, 1971,
In regard to economic and soclat Impacts: 1.
Would you please ln!orm me to the accuracy
of this news Information and a.ny details regarding
this proposal. 2. Since thiS IS a vital
matter, your assistance and cooperatlpn to
strongly oppose the closing of the Missoula.
regional headquarters before the proposal
becomes omolal would be greatly appreciated.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 48, Folder 70, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
3 5680 CONGRESSIONAL ·RECORD-SENATE
MARCH 26, 1973.
Hon. EARL L. BUTZ,
Secretary, Department of Agriculture:
Ron. JO:f!N McGUDIE,
Chief, U.S. Fore11t Serv!ce:
Rumors have come tO my attention that
U.S. Forest Service region 1 headquarters now
at Missoula, Mont., will be transferred to
Denver. I object strongly to any such plan.
Missoula Ia strotegica.Uy located 1n the heart
of tim.ber resources 1n region. Regional concept
as now established does not necessarily
apply to several of our natural reaouroes.
Denver 1s remote on the fringe a! the mo"
active forest regions. I would like your reassurance
that nothing w1ll be done to cUsstpate
Forest Servioe activity at MlaSOula. Any
plan to move the Missoula beadquarters will
be met with strang opposition here 1n the
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