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Nothing pro about this logging

I am pro logging. I am also pro environment. The two are — not necessarily mutually exclusive. The Fiddler Mountain timber sale and — the majority of the U.S. Forest Service administration's plan for logging — the Biscuit Fire area will neither benefit the timber industry, our environment, — nor the economy of southern Oregon. It has sent a knife between neighbors — and contributed to the problems of a community with enough dilemmas already. —

The Fiddler Mountain area lies within one of the "Late — Successional Reserves," basically old-growth groves that were designated — by the Forest Service themselves to remain relatively untouched for the — health of the ecosystem. By logging it, they violate their own guidelines — of what's best for the forest.

The timber sale was granted to a company with a record — of violating guidelines and boundaries, a slap in the face to the hard-working — loggers who care about the resource that sustains them, and the public — at large who are being robbed by such activity. The economy of this area — will depend largely on tourism, and to a lesser extent logging. Tourists — will not be drawn by clearcuts of former "Late Successional Reserves." — Apparently the Forest Service administrators now consider the term "Late" — to mean "deceased."

Tom Siewert

Cave Junction

Stop logging so courts can rule

Logging the Biscuit must stop immediately. The public — has been misled in to thinking that the area became a wasteland since — the fire and that logging prevents fires. But life is still abundant and — fire is a natural process. I have been to areas after they have been logged — and I've seen a total disregard for the land.

Roads are made right through creeks and slash is left — everywhere, creating a bigger fire threat.

Liquidation of forest resources for immediate profit is — an appalling practice and does not benefit the public.

People come from all around the world to experience the — beauty of the Oregon wilderness and see animals in their natural habitat, — so why are we letting them destroy it?

I am not anti-logger; I would like to see people employed — by sustainable means. It is possible to ethically harvest timber. We can — keep people employed and stop deforestation without cutting old growth — or building roads in wilderness areas. This isn't a battle between "us — and them." We can work together.

Protecting communities from fire, planting trees and restoring — our forests is of benefit to everyone.

Dana Rose

Rogue River

Logging crushes local forest

The Forest Service's "Biscuit Fire Recovery Project" is — a dangerous mistake. Logging this area will dirty beautiful pristine rivers, — compromise salmon habitat, devastate many rare species of plants, infect — uninfected areas of forest with a highly contagious tree root rot, tear — up the fragile soil and steep hillsides, and compromise the economic base — of the area which depends on visitors hungry for this wilderness. It should — remain wild.

The logging needs to be stopped now! Not another logging — truck should enter the area until the court case is decided.

Blessings on the folks doing everything they can to protect — this forest land. You can help too. Siskiyou Project: 541-592-4459, www.siskiyou.org — or Klamath Siskiyou Wild, www.kswild.org.

Consider the next generations.

Jem Mara

Murphy

Pugh reminds us of 'our town'

For those of us who have lived in Ashland more than a — quarter century, it is refreshing to read Lance Pugh's nostalgic recounting — of events that predate what prevails today. The new Ashlanders are so — busy congratulating themselves on the fact that they have "found" Ashland, — they lose sight of what it was that attracted them in the first place: — The town we knew and loved. The place that was a "town," not a glorified — Carmel of galleries, boutiques and restaurant after restaurant.

Maxine Scott

Ashland