Don't swallow agency-speak

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In the article titled "Sealaska criticizes planned timber sale" on Jan. 23, the reader is left with the following closing line:

"Under the current plan, 22 percent of the forest's 17 million acres are in areas open to harvest, according to the Forest Service Web site."

Please, until there are forests growing on glaciers and bare alpine rock above tree line, and until there are floating tree farms on top of muskegs, let's not recite disingenuous statements from the U.S. Forest Service inferring that there is forest covering all 17 million acres on the Tongass.

Please refrain from stenographic impulses that become a conduit for agency-speak that is clearly skewed.

David Beebe


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