Re: “Public’s input on wildlife needed” (Viewpoint, 4-28).
I was pleased to read the excellent opinion piece by Mark Quinn highlighting the need for stronger protections for our national forests. I agree that the proposed U.S. Forest Service rules need to be strengthened in the areas of wildlife and watershed protection, public participation and the use of sound science.
As a resident and pastor for 40 years here in Tacoma, I am well aware that our national forests in Washington state are essential to the quality of life for every person whether they hike, ski, hunt, fish, camp, kayak or simply drink water. Our forests and their proper management are vitally important to every citizen.
We all have a sacred obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation. All creation, not only humankind, has the firm stamp of God’s approval as being “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Quinn’s suggestion to submit written comments to the USFS is truly important.