We common citizens are thought to be stupid by the environmentalists, and the letter by Mr. Witzeman of the Audubon Society is a prime example.
He talks about the greedy logging industry. What logging industry? It has been destroyed by his ilk. If you don't believe it, try to find any personnel to cut down the dead beetle-killed or fire-killed trees. Over 200,000 logging workers have lost their jobs and hundreds of small- and medium-sized loggers are out of business.
Fellow citizens, do you also believe, as Mr. Witzeman, that Yellowstone is "more vibrant and healthier than before" -- or that Rodeo-Chediski is a "healthy mosaic that will reseed and spring back"? Wow! His glasses are more rose-colored than I can imagine -- or I am blind and stupid, because I see pain, death, desolation and destruction. I see no wildlife. I probably would find no spotted owls.
Let's go up and look at Escadilla Mountain in the White Mountains that burned 30 years ago if fire is so healthy and vibrant.
He says "fire has kept our forests healthy." As an agromist, I learned 55 years ago at the University of Nebraska, that the practice of farmers, who burned their wheat stubble was wrong and short-sighted --hat it destroyed valuable organic matter (compost), precious microscopic organisms, and resulted in erosion of soil and destruction of ozone. Farmers no longer burn the stubble.
In my opinion, an acre of healthy forest is worth $2,000 per acre. In Arizona, we have lost $1 billion worth of lumber in the past year due to fire and beetles, plus the irreparable loss of the green environment. At $100 per acre, in thinning costs, my arithmetic says it would be a bargain, and it would employ thousands now unemployed or on welfare.
God commanded Adam to "dress and keep it (the land)." Personally, I think the only way that we can do this is to take the land back from the government and tend it ourselves. I guarantee that if I had 100 acres of pine trees, I would do everything possible to keep them from burning and from insects.
The bureaucracy has never been able to manage anything efficiently. Also, there is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to own anything, except Washington, D.C., a few forts, munition dumps and warehouses.
Russ Krueger, Payson