Protect Tongass watersheds

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

Which neighbors is Don Smith referring to in Friday's editorial, "Juneau joins neighbors to support 'no action' alternative" on the Forest Service's Wilderness Plan? Juneau's neighbors, the cities of Gustavus, Pelican, Tenakee Springs, Hydaburg, and Port Alexander, all support safeguarding additional lands in the Tongass through Wilderness or LUD II protections. The tribal governments in Hoonah, Kake and Hydaburg also support additional Tongass land protections.

Related Editorial:

Juneau joins neighbors to support 'no action' alternative

The Sitka City Council refused to pass a resolution supporting no action because "the community is too divided." The Petersburg resolution, while supporting the no-action alternative also asked the Forest Service to "not log or build logging roads in watersheds that are primary salmon producing watersheds or other community areas important to Petersburg residents..."

Rather than pandering to the requests of the timber industry, the City of Juneau should be listening to what its own residents and nearest neighbors have asked for ... long-term protection for additional wild watersheds in the Tongass.

Paul Barnes


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