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. …