By Jim Dornblaser
May 04, 2009
Ms. Tanner, I find your choice of words ironic.
My dictionary defines 'enlighten' to use reason & science
to free someone from ignorance, prejudice, & superstition.
1) Trees are a vegetable crop. As is with all living things,
they grow up, mature, decline, & die.
2) What is touted as "old growth" in our area forests
is in fact dieing faster than they are growing. The forest is
as a whole, in a state of decline.
3) "Old growth" forests in our area are generally producing
more carbon dioxide (green house gas) than they use.
4) The old forests we are saving are no longer growing &
producing. They are just occupying ground that could be farmed
to support a major industry.
Instead we leave that ground fallow.
5) If that ground was clear-cut, it would begin the growth process
anew & would in it's growth process use more green house
gas than it would produce.
6) In this area, it will take 100 +/- years to grow a tree to
commercial size. If we cut 1/100th of the farmable ground we
would have a steady supply (sustained yield)
7) If we continue to do nothing as we are doing now under the
guise of "save the forest" we will in fact leave our
future generations 'nothing worth having'.
8) The U.S. Forest service has many scientists with degrees in
a variety of areas. We are paying good money for professional
knowledge. We should stop "micro managing" & let
them operate the Forest Service for the overall benefit of the
Our government's policy in managing OUR forest is being driven
by the few ignorant, prejudiced protesters that under the guise
of saving the enviournment,
are in fact, "killing it with kindness".
Thorne Bay, AK
Received April , 2008 - Published
May 04, 2009
enlightenment By Charlotte Tanner
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