Let nature take its course

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2004

I am a resident of a rural town in Southeast Alaska who relies on the abundance, purity and healthiness of wild-harvested foods and medicines. Many other people of this region also count on the goodness of the land to provide for their deer, salmon, berries, seaweed and plants.

In the last two years, there has been a negative reaction to a proposal to aerially spray pesticides on the salmonberry and alder on Long Island. A wide array of groups and individuals has been voicing strong opposition at the state's policy on aerial spraying of pesticides, but no one at the department has supported the will of the public and outlawed the practice.

But the corporate leadership of Klukwan, Inc. continues to believe that spraying poisons is the best way to deal with their clear-cut island. I feel the need to ask a question, is it worth it to spray?

Is the spraying of pesticides on 2,000 acres of Klukwan's land worth ... the rain of toxic chemicals pouring into rivers and streams ... the repeated dishonor of being poor land stewards of Long Island ... short-cycling the natural repair stage of the alder ... corporate expenditures on pesticides and chemical fertilizers ... and, the notoriety of being the forerunner of an aerial spraying revolution for half a million acres of clear-cut state and private land in Southeast?

I urge the Klukwan, Inc. shareholders to pull their request with the state to aerially spray Long Island and creatively explore the other available methods, or let nature take its course healing the land.

Anissa Berry

Port Alexander

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