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Please contact Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, concerning corruption in US Forest Service!

Please contact Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, concerning corruption in US Forest Service!


Many readers of the People of One Fire are personally aware of the current situation regarding the national forests in the Southeast.   The ridiculous activities of the US Forest Service at Track Rock Gap are just the tip of the iceberg.     You will learn in an upcoming TV documentary how employees of the US Forest Service in North Carolina helped hide Olympic Games bomber, Eric Rudolph, from the FBI. 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is now the very popular Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.  One of his appointed assistants just contacted me after being sent by POOF readers, our recent article on US Forest Service’s dubious relationship with the three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes.  

This gentleman said that they have already received very serious complaints from citizens in the mountains of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee about the forest fire disasters in the autumn of 2016, which were allowed to happen because the US Forest Service did nothing until they were out of control.  Some informants stated that they recognized USFS employees out of uniform, leaving an area where a fire had just been started.

North Carolina residents are complaining  that USFS rangers harass local residents for minor infractions, while looking the other way when organized crime manufactures meth in the national forests.  The USDA official said that Western North Carolina become the meth capital of the world during the Obama Administration.

Several USFS employees complained that male employees were illegally fired during the Bush and Obama Administrations in order to make slots open for female middle level management.   Some state offices now are composed entirely of women.

The USDA would like to hear the concerns of Native Americans in the Southeast concerning the current and planned management by the USFS of Native American archaeological sites.  He felt that if Southeastern Native peoples don’t speak up,  Congress will only hear from the Cherokee tribes in Oklahoma.  

Please write Secretary Perdue’s office if:

  1.  You want changes in the current or proposed management of USFS Native American archaeological sites in the Southeast.
  2.  You have specific information about illegal drug activities in a National Forest.
  3.  You have specific information about a USFS employee, who helped hide Eric Rudolph or protects drug dealers.
  4.  You have specific information about a USFS employee, who started a forest fire in the North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama or South Carolina Mountains.
  5. You have specific information on USFS road & forest maintenance employees being laid off then being replaced by companies that made large donations to either the Bush or Obama political campaigns.
  6. You have specific information on USFS employees requiring companies doing business with the USFS to pay bribes to them or make political donations to candidates or political parties.
  7.  You have specific cases with names, of USFS employees being rude or deceitful with American citizens.


Contact information (Do not use email):

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250 


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Richard, this is a dangerous situation discussed here. I hope you have a “safe place” to be. I am going to pass this
    around on my f/b page so all will see and hopefully respond by writing letters or making calls. Keep yourself safe,
    we can not afford to lose you in the shuffle.

    • I lived for a year in a tent in the wilderness and was born in the Okefenokee Swamp with a bowie knife in my teeth. LOL


        We, your reader’s, do not want you to live in the swamps again Richard, but we are concerned about you maintaining a safe place and being out of harm’s way. The hills have many eyes and ears so just be safe.


    It’s a far cry from the 60s and my high school algebra teacher was NFS ranger in the summer when the park and pool were open. So much National Forest here in East Tn., Unicoi County has over 60%. Way too many shady characters out there trying to malipulate things for their benefit and not for the people. Take care Mr. Richard We Want You Safe.


    Dear Mr. Perdue: I just wanted to write to you about the SNAP program. I think the package idea is so stupid. That will cost so much money and people won’t be receiving their package and some will be taken off their property. Besides that, there will be a lot of waste in the items they send. Why don’t the govt. get after fraud? There are a lot of young, healthy people who could be working that are on SNAP. Us older folks really appreciate picking out our food. It is like cash to us to be able to go shopping for food. This way we pick what we eat. The food that would be sent will be wasted. I can tell you that I don’t drink milk, eat cereal, and a lot of other things. So my food would be given away or I would end up refusing the package. I think if you take a survey, the people would say keep it as it is and go after fraud. That is the big thing. There is fraud in the Section 8 program, also. That is the big thing, FRAUD. I hope this message gets to someone who will think this through.


    Mr. Perdue- Please reconsider your Boundary Waters decision . The poeple of Minnesota andd the United States treasure this area. I am a long standing Republican, but Trump’s enviornmental policies are terrible. If this decision stands, I will not vote for him again. Trump has betrayed our history of enviornmental responsibility for a foreign company. Hopefully, you are a man of integrity and principles.

    I respectfully ask that you reverse this decision.

    Pat Zilverberg
    Medina, Minnesota


    please look into the corruption involved with the modac national forest roundup and also the corruption in the BLM…they break the laws everyday at the expense of the american taxpayer. please. we must do something to save these horses..we owe them more than what they are being given.


    I just saw the portrayal of your “cotton pickin important” statement as being racial. May I say that categorizing that remark as racial is ridiculous. I am a white 67 year old North Carolina man who hand picked cotton along side my daddy, mama, brother and sister and other family. That’s the way it was done. It was hard work, but honorable and taught us good work ethics and responsibility. That is obviously missing today. Perhaps a little honest hard work would be good today. God Bless you.


    To Sonny Purdue:

    The job requirement sounds fine, but who is going to provide the jobs? When people go to look for jobs they are usually not qualified for the positions offered for the reasons that put them on welfare in the first place. If you want them to be gainfully employed then provide them jobs within the city, state or federal level at minimum wages to provide them with work related skills.

    Work for food is not a terrible idea just the way you and others are proposing it. Do not let your people be lazy make them work and do research before they start to make policy. It is easy to through out ideas without doing the hard work of researching the problem, but that is the lazy way out and they also need to work for their wages.


    dear sonny why are thay giveing all this money out know when we were forced out of farming two years ago when prices were alot lower then now i had started farming on my own in 1978 with a farmal h and two row planter no body in my famly farmed i biult my opperation with my son to 9000 ac never inhared noting we had a good oppration then we had to file bankrupsy thats all we new how to do i have my bins shop house and now cant get lone to stadrt agin so i do knot think this is fair for the pepole that started like us now what are we to do vear depprsed sory about spelling david j duehn brownton mn 55312


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