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Taxpayer Losses From Logging Our National Forests from 1997-2004

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  • From FY1997 to FY2004 taxpayers lost an average of $835.5 million per year logging our nation forests for a total loss of $6.684 billion over that period.
  • Significant reductions in logging in the 1990s due to Forest Service violations of environmental laws, however, were not accompanied by similar reductions in funding. In the past 10 years, Congress has increased annual direct appropriations for logging by almost $100 million only to see logging levels reduced from 4 to 2 billion board feet per year.

The John Muir Project's findings and methodology in this report have been previously verified by the United States Congressional Research Service (CRS) as a "reasonable estimate" of the net cash loss of the Forest Service's logging program to taxpayers.