Why should we use our tax dollars to construct more roads in the Tongass National Forest to enable logging that will return only a fraction of that investment in stumpage fees, and will diminish our recreational opportunities and the productivity of our salmon streams in the process?
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Convincing as that argument against building more roads may be, perhaps the most compelling argument against road building is that we do not need that timber now. There is plenty of timber available for our needs in private forests and in the roaded areas of the national forests.
This may not be true 100 years from now. Why don't we let future generations decide whether they want to sacrifice spawning areas to obtain that timber?