Date of this Version
It has been a little more than a year since President Reagan was inaugurated, and a little less time than that since I was confirmed and sworn in as assistant secretary of agriculture. We have moved to establish and implement some changed emphases in our resource management programs. So, by now there should be little mistake about our intent to improve natural resource management on the national forests. We intend to increase the productivity of these resources without corresponding increases in federal appropriations. We intend to generate increased receipts to the U.S. Treasury by emphasizing revenue-producing activities such as timber management and oil, gas, and minerals development outside of wilderness areas. We intend that the users pay more of the cost of services that traditionally have been subsidized or provided free of charge. We intend to foster compatibility among resource uses by avoiding land management practices that promote single uses to the detriment of other multiple uses. Those are our major thrusts for improving the way national forest resources are managed.