Unlogged forests should stay
To the editor:
The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests.There is a really great video called "Forests" on the official website at http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/videos.shtml. The truth is forests worldwide need our help.The greatest remaining wilderness in North America, the boreal forest and all of its incredible wildlife diversity, is being logged to make junk mail, sales catalogues, and toilet paper.
The tropical forests such as the Amazon continue to be logged for
agricultural expansion, often for cows to produce more meat for
Americans.It's never been more important for all of us to think about
how our lifestyle impacts forests as they are showing multiple signs of
stress, globally.Many of these negative impacts start with the
consumption patterns in our everyday lives.I personally think that
significantly reducing our consumption is the single most important
thing we could do to solve many of our society's greatest challenges.
Here in Northeast Oregon we live in the temperate forest zone, the most
fragmented and reduced from its original extent from logging of the
major forest types.At the local level, I do think that in the past
couple of decades, management has improved.However there are too many
projects on our national forests that propose logging in areas that
have never been logged before.These previously unlogged forests are
rare, they are "lifeboats" to many old growth-dependent species, and
ecologically speaking they cannot be improved upon by
logging.Proposing logging in these areas is like asking a painter to
paint over a Van Gogh; or tearing down the historic district of your
quaint downtown for "redevelopment."Some of these previously unlogged
remnant stands exist within a heavily logged area.Yet they continue to
enrich the entire forest landscape by providing a unique forest
structure, higher quality wildlife habitat and often harbor more
sensitive plant species.Let's commemorate the International Year of
Forests by reducing wasteful consumption, and protecting the essential
by leaving all unlogged forests intact.
Stop windmills by saving energy
To the editor:
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that wind will generate less
than 1 percent of electric production needs by 2030. Wind facilities
compromise our environment, health, wildlife and economy, and
Oregonians are paying the astronomical price for wind projects while
the energy goes out of state.
Wind developer hype is being challenged as the truth is exposed. Not
only is wind power highly subsidized, but additional CO2 emissions are
being generated as backup power plants are put into spinning reserve
when the wind is blowing. The very few long-term jobs cost taxpayers
millions per job. Plus, for every green job, 2.2 regular jobs are lost.
The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley has started a campaign called
the Conserve 3 percent Energy Challenge. By conserving just 3 percent
of our electric energy, we can eliminate the need for wind power
production and its damaging effects.
Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley