LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Bravo on your put-down of federal barred owl killing plan. This one-size-fits-all plan is used repeatedly by wildlife management agencies.
Please insert "Oregon Cougar Management Plan" for spotted owl plan. Same code word, "control," used instead of "killing," shhhhh. Same two shortcomings: unsustainable, unnatural. Same killing of dominant species to protect weaker, but with a twist. Cougars, the natural predator, are killed so a handful of human predators can kill the weak species for fun. — S. Mackler, Jacksonville
The people who have been claiming the Mount Ashland expansion project is a disaster for the Ashland watershed just don't want any trees cut for the purpose of recreation. Their insistence that the ski area project would ruin the watershed is a fear tactic that is not supported logically or scientifically.
The Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, which cuts trees, has a 7,600-acre footprint. Within the Mount Ashland expansion project area of 220 acres, only 71 acres of trees will be removed. The truth is the ski area expansion will have a miniscule effect in relation to the 17,544 acres of the Ashland Creek watershed.
If you're philosophically opposed to trees being cut for the purpose of recreation, then just say so. Stop the fear-mongering that the Mount Ashland expansion project will ruin Ashland's drinking water. It just isn't true. — Russell McKinley, Jacksonville
What a pleasant story and picture of a "hometown girl" who finds success!
Steffi was one of my ballet students and in the Mail Tribune archives, there is a photo and story dated Nov. 14, 2000, (photo by Jim Craven and story by John Darling). She was 13 years old then and was a bright and gifted student with humility and charm. As one of her early teachers, I applaud her success! — Katherine Eck, Ballet Workshop, Jacksonville
Thank you, Mail Tribune, for your June 3 editorial in which you suggested the arguments opposing the improvement of the Mount Ashland Ski Area have been "thoroughly disproved." I too am puzzled at the continued flow of false and negative statements about this worthy effort to improve the safety of the area as well as suitability for novice and intermediate skiers and boarders.
For the past 35 years scientists have thoroughly researched the environmental impact of winter recreating activities on Mount Ashland and found no cause for concern. As early as the mid-'70s Dr. Frank McGraw reported to an Ashland City Study Committee there was no significant relationship between winter recreation activities on Mount Ashland and siltation in the Reeder Reservoir. In fact, recent studies have shown that the proposed improvement project will improve watershed conditions.
Nearly $2 million has been spent providing environmental stewardship on Mount Ashland as well as defending against myriad attempts to block efforts to further improve winter recreation activities. Hundreds of beginning skiers currently have no transitional terrain to achieve the next ability level. Providing this important new terrain is vital to the safety of the ski area and its financial success. — Stewart McCollom, Ashland
Kim Clark, general manager of the Mount Ashland Ski Area, has an interesting "concept." Misconception, is more like it. I can no longer be silent about this issue. Cutting down beautiful stands of trees; pushing the east and west tributaries (the beginnings of Ashland Creek) into a culvert; covering it up, so it can be skied on. This is an improvement?
The area is pristine and it is the citizens' water supply. Please help to protect it. — Jane Lininger, Ashland