By Jacquelyne and Robert Hunley
January 24, 2006
In regards to the recent appeal of the FSDEIS, Emerald Bay, ROD, as a long-time resident of the Cleveland Peninsula I would like to express my appreciation to those who worked so diligently and mind-fully, gathering information and writing the 77 page appeal. As a person who has been involved in voicing recognition of the value associated with keeping the Cleveland pristine habitat, I want to thank all the appellants for their efforts.
Emerald Bay is located on the Cleveland Peninsula along an inland waterway, somewhat protected from the weather, allowing for travel when it may not be possible up Clarence Straits. The area is heavily used for subsistence and recreational endeavors. The peninsula supports a diverse and fragile population of brown bears, mountain goats and wolves, as well as other large mammals. For instance, we were privileged to see a cougar at our home in Myers Chuck, April, 1997.
The area's location and beauty draw MANY independent travelers throughout the summer months. Tourism IS an economic opportunity we can bank on for the future. It is up to us to recognize and consider this fact. This sale commits one of the largest blocks of old growth remaining on the mainland to roads and clear cuts during a time of stagnant wood markets and increasing demand for remote recreation. Certainly the market demand for timber being a loosing proposition, costing the taxpayers millions, deems this sale unjustifiable. It is a farce to push deficit timber sales that harm rural residents while closing valued cabins, as the Forest Service recently proposed. Forest Service priorities are clearly not in the public interest.
Furthermore, the sale ignores
the findings of the 9th Circuit Court of appeals, which ruled
the Forest Service 1997 TLMP invalid since it grossly exaggerated
demands for Tongass timber. As a result the plan committed too
many important community use areas to
My family has resided in Myers Chuck since 1973. Our children were born in a log cabin, raised in the lush beauty and wildness of Southeast Alaska. We cherish and respect the wild lands we are privileged to live within. We are pleased that so many visitors have the privilege of experiencing wilderness first-hand, on the Cleveland. There is true value in keeping our wild lands wild.
Jacquelyne and Robert Hunley
About: Jacquelyne and Robert
Hunley have been residents of Myers Chuck on the Cleveland Peninsula
since 1973. Their children were born there in the 70's. They
write, "We are a commercial fishing family who value and
respect the old growth forests."
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