[Vision2020] "'Twas the Night After Christmas for the Land Takeaway Trio" by Taras Ogychuk

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Wed Nov 27 04:49:04 PST 2013


 By Taras Ogychuk

‘Twas the night after Christmas when throughout the public lands
Many creatures were stirring in the forests and sands.
The animals hung their heads for they all had a care
And hopes they wouldn’t be traded along with their lair.
The young were all nestled snug in their beds
While visions of their forest homes danced in their heads.
The Big Trio in Washington, Missoula and Idaho
Settled down for a long nap but sleep came slow
Tidwell, Weldon and Brazell didn’t count on such a clatter
That sprang up from the people to find what was the matter.
With the Forest Service plan to trade the people’s land in a flash
They were surprised the owners would make such a splash.
The ‘crats were nestled all snug in their beds
As visions of the Lochsa Land Takeaway danced in their heads.
What the ‘crats wondering eyes did not expect to appear
Were the people in masse that generated such fear.
As the people fought the Land Takeaway so lively and quick
The Trio must have been as surprised as seeing St. Nick.
The moon on the breast of a new fallen snow
Told the story of the Land Takeaway by the three so and so’s
The lands’ owners organized behind those brick walls
And the opposition were many, in fact almost all.
They fought to keep their lands and will continue at all cost
So the Forest Service Trio doesn’t give them to their own Santa Claus.
The Forest Service legacy and the Trio as well
Will forever be tainted, so far they have fell.
The people hold  their nose as the lands disappear
And the smell of something tainted appears and reappears.
It’s the smell of suspicion as their lands may be lost
To a Forest Service Trio’s hand picked Santa Claus.
Ah yes, there’s Rocky Mountain Elk, a once respected org,
Which now accepts cash so a private firm can gorge.
The RMEF is paid money by a timber/realty corp
To help takeaway people’s lands—something here is warped!
Ah yes, but there’s the law and courts to judge how far a non-profit can go
To harm the lives of 150,000 before they must pay back and woe.


Copies of this poem (in PDF format) may be dowloaded at:

"Lochsa Land Exchange Email From Taras Ogychuk to Friends of the Palouse Ranger District"

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If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

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