Letters to the Editor

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Tag: timber


FORESTS: ‘Big Timber’ uses elk-friendly practices

Re: “Industry practices may harm elk and humans” (letter, 11-12).

I am a retired Weyerhaeuser forester and am insulted by the charge that “Big Timber” management is damaging to elk and humans.

From employment day one we are charged with using sustainable practices to protect the land, trees, vegetation and wildlife. We select harvesting and reforestation practices based on the soil, elevation and micro-climate.

Herbicides are chosen to control certain competitive species for the initial few years of replanting an area. The herbicides are applied so as not to enter any adjacent waters. Application considers weather, wildlife and nearby habitation.

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ELECTION: Kilmer wrongly supports Wild Olympics

Re: “Driscoll ad against Kilmer lacks context” (TNT, 10-27).

The Political Smell Test article implies that Bill Driscoll – a candidate in the 6th Congressional District that encompasses the Olympic Peninsula – is dishonest. The paper states: “Driscoll says his Democratic opponent (Derek Kilmer) supports ‘Wild Olympics’,” a forest preservation proposal that contains more than 100,000 acres that adds to hundreds of thousands of acres already preserved on the Olympic Peninsula.

Later, the paper states that Kilmer supported the Wild Olympics concept. Still later, without documentation, the article stated the preservation would contribute to clean water and jobs dependent

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