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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • This letter is to give public support for the Bybee timber sale proposed by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. I agree with the rationale of the forest supervisor, Rob MacWhorter, as stated in the guest editorial March 10.
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  • This letter is to give public support for the Bybee timber sale proposed by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. I agree with the rationale of the forest supervisor, Rob MacWhorter, as stated in the guest editorial March 10.
    Todays fires burn hotter and kill everything. Reducing rapidly growing vegetation reduces catastrophic fires because flame lengths and ladder fuels are reduced and the fire can be controlled. Our hotter climates stress dense forests, causing insect infestations and fires.
    Forested areas need thinning. Thinning is not clearcutting. You can hardly see where the forest has been thinned if it is done right, so remaining trees have less competition and can grow larger and more fire-resistant. Fires know no boundaries so could easily burn into Crater Lake National Park.
    The park is in far more danger from fire if the adjoining forests are not thinned. Timber harvest benefits small local mills, and supports good family wage jobs. The mega forest industry has its own timber supply and doesn't rely on unpredictable federal timber sales. The small family-owned mills like Rough and Ready and Murphy Lumber rely on these federal sales. — Sue Kupillas, Allied Solutions LLC
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