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Emerald Bay
By Evening Star Grutter


March 04, 2006
Saturday PM

Dear Editor,

With the purposed Emerald Bay timber sale the Forest Service is attempting to erode their own self-regulating rules and regulations concerning environmental protections and procedures. If this sale is allowed to proceed an unfortunate precedent will be set, ultimately leading to the fragmentation of one of the last intact and forested habitats in
Southeast Alaska, as well as demolishing the rural culture that exists on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Born and raised in Meyers Chuck I would not trade the open waters, forested landscapes and available wildlife for any other setting. My everyday experiences are often
a marvel to many who live in more populated societies. The Tongass is their National forest too and they need to have places to exspirience it, in bulk.

The direct impact of this sale on my hometown will be a fragmentation of our rural culture. We depend on pristine forests and oceans for our sustenance. Logging Emerald Bay will have long term negative affects on the habitat and culture of the Cleveland. Maybe the millions of taxpayer dollars that would be used to build logging roads for this sale should go to a more universally beneficial project such as maintaining Forest Service cabins?


Evening Star Grutter
Sitka, AK - USA

About: Evening Star Grutter was born and raised on Cleveland Penisula in the small village of Meyers Chuck (current population 6). She has been a commercial fisherman all her life. Married a fisherman and she continue to fish. She is an artist and an avid outdoor enthusiast.


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