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FORESTS: Mankind must be good stewards

Letter by Richard H. Foege, Tacoma on April 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm with 5 Comments »
April 29, 2011 9:15 am

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.

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  1. i agree with this which brings up the LaPush tribe wanting to move to our National Forest; if they do get their way, there going that part of the forest, trashed just as most reservations are; and what about the thousands of other coastal humans, would we pay to move them also, no way! If congress lets them get away with this horrendous idea they are worst than i already know

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Pastor, I agree 100%, The only problem is that Sierra Club and their ilk are pushing for only who they deem the elite to enter forests. By that, I mean only those that could backpack, or otherwise leave zero footprint behind. Sorry, all must be included.

  3. alindasue says:

    BlaineCGarver,
    All of us are capable of being good stewards of the land. The problems that the people who choose not to tend to ruin it for everyone.

    “Zero footprint” doesn’t have to mean just backpacking – I’ve seen several backpackers who leave plenty of footprint behind. “Zero footprint” means things like: taking your garbage out with you, not cutting the wild flowers so others may enjoy them also, or not defacing trees or trampling meadows. A backpacker can do those things. A family that is car camping at a park can do those things too. There’s nothing elite about it.

    Of course, if your idea of “all must be included” means taking your Ranger into the hills and doing donuts with it, those of us who care about nature are going to object.

  4. What is so difficult about “pack it in, pack it out”?

    Backpackers do it by habit. I know they are not the ones leaving all the beer cans with bullet holes in them.

    The woods are great until you hear the 2 and 4 cycle motors or October rolls around.

  5. “Darlin says:
    April 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    i agree with this which brings up the LaPush tribe wanting to move to our National Forest”

    The LaPush Tribe wanting to move “our National Forest”. Too funny…..

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