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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Herrera Beutler calls conference on Gifford Pinchot Forest

“And for me, when you get people of good intention together, you can find solutions to problems” Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler, U.S. Congresswoman

 

Rodger Nichols, for The Sentinel

SEEING THE FOREST: Klickitat County Commissioner Jim Sizemore (left) with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Ashe, head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as they toured the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Friday.

When Congresswoman Jaimie Herrera Beutler asks, agency heads pay attention. That's due in part, of course, to her seat as a sophomore representative on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But it also helps that she is widely regarded in Congress as a practical problem solver.

So when she asked Dan Ashe, head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to come visit economically depressed Skamania County and tour the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that takes more than 80 percent of the county land off the tax rolls, he readily agreed.

Beutler and Ashe headed a roundtable Friday morning at the Stevenson Library that also included Robyn Thorson, Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and W...



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