Gravina Roads/ Roads on the
By Jeff Hendrickson
June 29, 2007
I have watched the arguements going on over the Gravina Road
and the Roads on the Tongass for a long time now and I for one
am getting really tired of the opinion that nobody wants roads
to any of these areas. I hear continually that we need to keep
these areas road free so that people can enjoy the areas by hiking
into them. What about those who cannot hike due to handicaps
or other physical limitations? Do those people have to be stuck
to the town just because they are handicapped? The Tongass is
17+ million acres in size, what is the problem with making some
of it accessable for those who aren't able to get to it any other
way? There are a lot of places to go for those who are physically
able even with a few roads going into some of these areas.
The other issue is recreation
areas and/or the lack thereof. I saw a proposal a few years ago
to open a road into the Bostwick area for a camp ground and recreation
area. The conservationists/environmentalists got all upset about
ruining a prime recreation area. The same thing happened with
the Leask Lakes proposal. Again, what about those who can only
get access to places like that by road due to physical handicaps?
Are they stuck with having Ward Lake/Settlers Cove as the only
areas they go to recreate? That sounds pretty selfish to me.
I for one would like the ability
to go other places, on this island or Gravina, by road, to be
able to camp and picnic, but it seems like every time we start
getting close to that possibility the vocal minority (TCS) put
a stop to it. So much for the rights of all.
Maybe some day things will
change and we can find a way to share the outdoors with everyone.
I would close this letter with
" The opinions and comments contained herein are strictly
my own" but I know they are not and, in fact, are the opinions
of many in our community who are in reality road-locked.
Received June 28, 2007 - Published June 29, 2007
About: " 41 year resident
of Ketchikan. Also an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, and hunter."
House Votes To End Tongass Road Subsidy - An amendment to the FY 2007 Interior
Appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of funds for
road building for the purposes of timber harvesting in the Tongass
National Forest in Alaska, was offered on the U.S. House of Representatives
floor Tuesday evening and was passed by the House with a vote
of 283 to 145. - More...
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