Environmental Groups' Interference Can Have 'Tragic' Results

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In your April 17 edition on page 10A is an article from the Tucson paper about an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, that is filing suit against the Forest Service to have them stop the thinning of the forest and stop logging in some areas because of the suspicion that the good old spotted owl might use that part of the forest to breed. It wants the Forest Service to do long, expensive studies to find out if this is true.

We, who live in an overgrown, long-neglected forest area, know that this is just a ruse to stop the clearing that has for so long been stopped, by the actions of these radical groups, whose true aim is to stop all logging and public use of our forest lands.

The actions by those groups are responsible, in large part, for the terrible wild fires that have occurred in the past several years. The fire in Los Alamos, (N.M.) last year is a good example, as (are) other (fires) in the West. I know that a control burn that should not have been started caused the Los Alamos fire, but the fact that the forest was heavily overgrown added to the tragic result.

The power situation in California is another good example of environmental group's involvement in the planning and building of enough capacity to supply the needs of the people of that state. I lived there, and I know what went on there 15 or 20 years ago when more power plants were talked about and dropped because of environmental groups' interference.

It might affect us here with much higher costs in the near future. I suspect that SRP's need for more capacity in the Valley right now has some environmental group in a back room helping the people in Tempe try to block SRP's effort to add to the already existing facility.

Howard E. Haggins, Payson

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