With the proposed Emerald Bay timber sale, the Forest Service is attempting to erode its own self-regulating rules and regulations concerning environmental protections and procedures. Allowing this sale to proceed sets an unfortunate precedent, eroding rules, fragmenting one of the last intact and forested habitats in Southeast Alaska, as well as demolishing the rural culture that exists on the Cleveland Peninsula.
Born and raised in Meyers Chuck, I would not trade the open waters, forested landscapes and available wildlife for any other setting. My everyday experiences are often a marvel to many who live in more populated societies. The Tongass is their national forest, too, and they need to have places to experience it -in bulk.
The direct impact of this sale on my hometown will be a fragmentation of my rural culture. We depend on pristine forests and oceans for our sustenance. Logging Emerald Bay will have long-term negative effects on the habitat and culture of the Cleveland. Maybe the more than 1 million of taxpayer dollars that will be used to build logging roads for this sale should go to a more universally beneficial project, such as maintaining Forest Service cabins?