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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Don Boucher of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest claimed (July 27) that the U.S. Court of Appeals "didn't rule" that logging in Ashland's watershed "is out of compliance with the National Forest Management Act." In fact, the court held that logging exceeds standards for soil cover in the local forest management plan. Defying a forest plan violates the law.
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  • Don Boucher of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest claimed (July 27) that the U.S. Court of Appeals "didn't rule" that logging in Ashland's watershed "is out of compliance with the National Forest Management Act." In fact, the court held that logging exceeds standards for soil cover in the local forest management plan. Defying a forest plan violates the law.
    Citizens should be concerned about use of logging slash to cover exposed soils because it increases fire hazard, contrary to the purpose of Ashland Forest Resiliency.
    A common misperception is that logging will protect Ashland from fire. It should help to reintroduce fire on our terms. Excluding fire from the watershed is not realistic or desirable. — Jay Lininger, Ashland , senior scientist, Center for Biological Diversity
    Southern Oregon has an opportunity to vote for a gubernatorial candidate who will listen to the needs of our communities. Rep. Dennis Richardson is such a man. He is from our area, he has shown great leadership as state representative, he has moral fiber, he has raised his family in Southern Oregon, he knows and listens to Southern Oregon needs and problems, and gets things done by choosing the highest caliber of staff.
    If you are tired of Salem seemingly looking toward the metropolitan areas of our state as the base with all the clout, vote for a voice from our valley. Rep. Dennis Richardson has my vote of confidence and my vote for a more responsive government. Here's to our next Oregon governor, Dennis Richardson! — Ruth De Vore, Medford
    Almost every weekend, my husband and I hike five to 15 miles somewhere in the Applegate. We appreciate the benefits to our fitness, and we enjoy the wildlife we glimpse, the spectacular vistas and the magnificent trees.
    That's why I'm concerned about BLM's proposed Nedsbar sale. It will conspicuously denigrate numerous patches of the Applegate macro-environment with dusty road incursions, logging waste and scarred slopes. What harm it will do the micro-environment of water, air and soil we will all assuredly suffer later.
    Some years back, BLM worked with local groups to create a program for selling log-able parcels in a way that worked for logging companies and their workers, regulators, environmental groups and the environment. Parcels actually sold in a way that didn't desecrate the environment. Can we please use that model again? — Kate Morse, Jacksonville
    Please tell me I didn't hear on TV news that a grandmother was honored for being the first to buy recreational marijuana in Washington state.
    I thought we honored people for acts of bravery and other great accomplishments. But being honored for buying marijuana, plus donating the clothing she wore at the time for posterity like it was the space suit worn on the moon? Just how crazy is this! — Mary Ann Johnson, Central Point
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