In response to the article Dec. 31, concerning the declaration of the ponderosa pine as an endangered species: I agree that quick action needs to be taken immediately, regarding the bark beetle infested trees. However, by declaring these pines as "endangered," what does that do to the property owner who wishes to build a new home but needs to remove these precious "protected" healthy trees from his homesite?
I'm not concerned for myself, since I have an existing home in Pine. But unless there's an exception for the property owner, it seems like a large can of worms will be opened. Maybe they'll eat bark beetles...
Barb Sappington, Pine