A different Tongass National Forest view

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Regarding the latest Forest Service attempt at managing the Tongass, we read the joint statement issued by Gov. Sarah Palin and Forestry Chief Gail Kimbell on their "Shared Vision for the Tongass National Forest."

They are certainly entitled to their view, as are we, and ours is a bit different.

We've been in the tourism business in Southeast Alaska since 1980 an before that (dating back to the early 1920s) in commercial fishing.

We see the Forest Service's latest proposal as an effort to provide 200 jobs at a cost of more than $20 million per year at taxpayers' expense to a business that can't make it on its own. And this is all to enable it to cut down 300 to 400 square miles of 500-year-old trees that belong to 300 million people in the Lower 48.

If the state wants to keep alive a business that has to be subsidized, why doesn't the state do it on its own, using state lands and its own sovereign wealth fund?

Michael A. McIntosh Sr.

Washington, D.C.



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