PUBLISHED: 11:11 AM on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Emerald Bay timber sale to erode nature
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.

Born and raised in Meyer's 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 experience 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 Grutter