Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Tag: forest management

May
13th

FORESTS: Timber permits program needs streamlining

Re: “Timber industry shouldn’t take advantage of a bad situation” (Viewpoint, 5-11).

Our state deserves a forest practices program that protects the environment not just comprehensively, but efficiently. This kind of critical reform is what timber companies are asking from the Legislature during this session, when government reform is needed more than ever.

The forest practices program, which issues timber permits, serves an important purpose but has become bloated and does not serve taxpayers or the environment. Some reasonable streamlining of the program – eliminating redundancies and waste – will help our state better protect the environment.

May
13th

FORESTS: Protections aren’t endangered

Re: “Timber industry shouldn’t take advantage of a bad situation” (Viewpoint, 5-11).

If only the choices were so simple. I work in the timber industry. My husband is, like the author, a middle school teacher. We are both extremely fortunate to have employment in these difficult times.

We both see shameless examples of waste in government. I daresay Shandra Crosby can point to a few examples in her own school district. That’s why forest landowners have been working with legislators to craft a law that will streamline operations, similar to what we do when our household budgets are strained.

That

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April
28th

FORESTS: Mankind must be good stewards

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

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