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Contact information and talking points for Washignton DC

Please take the time to contact Secretary Vilsack and Undersecretary Bonnie to make sure they know the US Forest Service is not doing their jobs to serve the people of Eastern Oregon.

Below is an example letter to send to Washington DC so that the leadership knows their staff is delinquent in their jobs.

You can send your email to:
Secretary Tom Vilsack – or
Undersecretary Robert Bonnie – or

Dear Secretary Vilsack & Mr. Bonnie,


It has come to  my attention that your staff has completed and submitted a report detailing the future road system for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. I am writing to you today to let you know that this is an incomplete document, and the recommendations within it will no meet my future needs of the forest.


1) The report was not developed with full disclosure by the residents of the region. While your staff has written it was, I was not made aware of any specific meetings held, or input taken on which roads were needed and which roads were not needed for future management or access to our public lands.


2) Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya ignored direct requests from the Baker and Wallowa Commissioners coordination on the reports, disallowing a completed analysis to be finalized and recommendations that do not truly reflect the needs of the local communities.


I therefore request that you direct Region 6 of the US Forest Service to withdraw their Travel Analysis Report for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest until such time as the forest can coordinate with the Baker and Wallowa counties, and meet the needs of the local residents.


Jim Pine
1234 Juniper Ln.
Baker City, Oregon