ENVIRONMENTALISTS, GIVE US
By Charles Edwardson
January 14, 2010
I live in Alaska and love southeast. I have lived in the Tongass
National Forest all of my life. My mother is Haida and our family
is from Hydaburg. I am 1/2 Alaskan native and the other half
a native of Alaska (there is a slight difference). I have four
daughters and a beautiful wife who was also born and raised here.
We graduated from Ketchikan High School together, got together,
and have built our life here in southeast. I own five or six
acres on Prince of Wales Island and fished of the west coast
of Prince of Wales Island for many years, and worked in the timber
industry at the Ketchikan pulp mill in the off season and also
the canneries around town prior to fishing. I now teach at the
University of Alaska and run my own construction company in Ketchikan.
I tell you all of this because many of us have the same story
-- you really gotta love it here to live here , the last thing
we would want is to ruin our forests ,
I have watched the environmentalist movement (save the whales
) but kill the herring, and now save the trees and fish but kill
our economy and an entire industry we cannot survive without.
Since the fifties clear cutting in a very small portion of the
Tongass has not only built communities and economies, but it
has enhanced the deer population and during those years our salmon
stocks have increased and have had ups and downs but overall
Alaska - and in particular southeast - has seen some incredible
runs of fish (some bad runs but that had nothing to do with logging).
Cutting trees down has nothing to do with saving the environment
, this misguided effort by the environmentalists groups to save
us from ourselves is not wanted , not justified , and is not
backed by any reliable science to support there efforts. I read
about the power of these groups to halt timber sales on the drop
of a hat and I am sick to death of you guys, and we have seen
"decimated"extinct" plundered "devastated"depleted"
diminished" over regulated and beaten down by an ideology
that belongs in a comic book. You're living in a fantasy world
saving the few trees in the Tongass in a part of the world that
in the grand scheme of things, few see, does nothing but stroke
you "tree huggers'" egos and kill the communities my
wife and I grew up in and make it almost impossible for my
kids to seek out a life here in Alaska. The natural order of
things and natural resource development has and is being designed
by a much higher power (oh what the heck I believe designed
by god) and has been designed for man to utilize. Trees are
meant to be cut , oil is meant to be drilled and burned , gold
and ore are meant to be dug up and malls are meant to be built,
that's the order of things -- environmentalists get over it and
get off our backs.
My religious beliefs are my own so save the criticism of my reference
to god, and it's "MERRY CHRISTMAS" NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
About: "liflong Alaskan,
fished since I was thirteen till I was thirty, ran my own boat,
worked at the pulp mill at the end of their heyday ,I own land
on Prince of Wales -- love it there, now run my own construction
company and teach at the college"
Received January 12, 2009 -
Published January 14, 2010
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