Most folks understand laws are promulgated by the legislative branch, executed by the executive branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. When the judiciary misinterprets the legislative intent of a law, they are wrong and need corrected. That correction comes from the legislative branch and is exactly what our senators and representative say needs to happen with the Cottonwood decision.
Our elected officials understand the enormity of that decision and the impact it will have on all work contemplated by the Forest Service. The agency already has capacity issues and this decision makes a bad situation worse.
In Rob Chaney’s Lee Enterprise article dated Dec. 9, John Meyer, with the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, took particular exception to Sen. Jon Tester agreeing to proposed legislation overturning the 9th Circuit Court's decision. Meyer made several serious allegations which were naïve and disingenuous. Calling out a senator for doing the right thing is a bad idea and Tester deserves better.