2018-02-07 / Letters

Dead trees pose risks

Dear Editor:

Last week, Robert Beanblossom shared his opinion on harvesting timber in our state park system. I certainly appreciate his concern and wanting to protect the forests in our state parks. Originally coming from Oregon, there is no one that appreciates the forest more than I do. I am absolutely not in favor of clear cutting for numerous reasons.

With so many of the ash trees dying because of disease, to leave them standing in the forest is a threat to the rest of the forest, wildlife, cabins and lodges besides human lives. Common sense says that lightning will strike a snag and before you know it there is a raging forest fire.

We have traveled across this country numerous times. It breaks my heart to see range after range of forest that has either died from disease/bugs or destroyed by forest fires. They are nothing more than an invitation for another forest fire, not to mention the expense of fighting the fire and, yes, even loss of life for firefighters. Look at the numerous forest fires this past summer in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Northern California. If Mr. Beanblossom truly loves our forest then they need to care for them by maintaining a healthy forest through conservation not preservation.

Veta Hall

Berkeley Springs

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I absolutely agree with your

I absolutely agree with your position. Management is the key to a healthy forest tract. My last two cuts have been to remove excess fuel with a limited number of dead trees left behind for habitat, and to create enough opening in the mast to promote new growth. Both cuts were performed with benefit of a consulting forester and comply with my land management plan which is approved and on file with the department of forestry. Those with no knowledge of forestry do more harm in their efforts to enlighten the public on what they believe is best for the environment. I've been practicing conservation of my forest track for two decades. I take pride in my role as steward and hope those that follow me will do the same. I encourage those who want to know more about local practices to simply visit www.wvforestry.com. The folks at WVDF have been very helpful to me in providing guidance when I've asked.