What do you think?

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002


"Many rural areas of our nation are dependent upon the access to and resources of our national forests. The roadless policy prevents both! We need a thoughtful balance of preserved land (wilderness) and managed land where grazing, timber harvest mining and other extractive activities can take place."

"I think the roadless areas in the Tongass should be overturned and roads allowed. This would give more people the chance to see more scenery than they would have a chance to see otherwise. Also we who are old and or handicapped would be able to see more."

"The roadless rule and the banning of clearcut logging in the Tongass Forest is the last chance to save one of the last remaining wildernesses left in the world.

"Every park in the United States has suffered some form of species extinction whilst under management as a park. This is because even parks the size of Yellowstone are not big enough to provide the wide, uninterrupted ranges required for wildlife populations to roam, feed and breed. Slicing and dicing disperses wildlife, and creates genetically isolated pockets which weaken and ultimately become extinct.

"Also, a significant proportion of the Pacific marine wildlife either lives permanently or at sometime in its life cycle resides in the waters of the Inside Passage. Break or damage the complex interactions between the forest and the oceans and you put the entire wildlife population of the Pacific and risk."

"National lands belong to all United States citizens, therefore they should not be used for capital gain by any one interest (i.e., a business interest masquerading as a citizen a.k.a. corporation). These public lands should be used in such a manner as not to destroy their value to anyone."

"I think the roadless rule should be overturned especially in the Tongass as our forests are overripe. But I do believe we should plant, thin, and take very good care of our resources.

"The Forest Service and Native corporations have pulled out a lot of our bridges out on Admiralty and Chichagof islands and there is no access in them areas to manage our forests. ... People were told roads would be left open to use for hunting, fishing, and managing our forests."

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