Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

The best place for the wolves

To the editor:

After a lot of deep pondering I believe I have come up with the perfect solution to the wolf problem. Let's move all of the wolves, cougars and coyotes to the Willamette Valley, concentrating mainly on Portland and Euegene. There should be lots of pets there.

Of course they will only take enough to barely sustain life because they don't kill for the fun of it, and they have to eat too!

Now the children should be perfectly safe in the parks, as these docile

animals rarely attack human beings. It could, however, pose a problem

for hikers and campers, as the animals might feel you are in their

domain, or they might feel threatened. It wouldn't hurt to have a

slingshot handy.

Another thing we citizens are getting tired of is Willamette Valley

making the laws for us. They don't have the foggiest idea of how a farm

or ranch functions or what our snow and ice problems are up here. So I

would like to suggest that Eastern Oregon cede from Western Oregon, and

I believe the I-5 corridor would be the perfect boundary. Then we

should ship all produce to the east.

Another problem is that we really should get all of the guns out of the

hands of all law-abiding citizens who have the legal right to possess

and carry guns. This paoses such a threat to the criminals who will

have guns - regardless of what the law says.

Pat Culley

Baker City

Keep our forest roads open

To the editor:

The Wallowa-Whitman forest is 2.3 million acres. It stretches through

three counties. Take a moment to examine a map of the Wallowa-Whitman.

The color-coded maps present a great visual of what actually remains

open forest. My lifetime in Eastern Oregon has noted continual

shrinking of open forests and access.

If it's hard to find solitude and quiet, you need to turn off the radio

and get out of your vehicle. It's amusing to observe people rushing to

trailheads in the mistaken belief that solitude and quiet can only be

found during a trek into a remote wilderness area. In actuality, you

can find this solitude and quiet almost anywhere on the WWNF.

Big game, wildlife, everyone enjoys watching an elk herd, or some deer,

even the occasional antelope. A good place to plant your rear end might

be on the roof of the Forest Service building in La Grande. From this

vantage point you can view the elk herd known to occasionally hang out

between the freeway and old Highway 30.

The Craig Mountain elk herd is second to none. They seem to roam from

the mountain to valley floor at will. Not to mention the numerous deer

residing in the valley. The notion that wildlife will only thrive in

backcountry is some more "likely science." Animals adapt.

Propaganda has roads, and the use of such for recreation, as a dire

threat to the forest. Roads are a valuable resource. Total destruction

of which should be a crime. A time will come when every single road

will be used, if for nothing else, fighting fire.

A new travel management plan is scheduled for release this fall. Fewer

roads will be on the new maps. The term "fewer" is a pathetic

misrepresentation of the proposed closures. The advantage of "open

forest" will be gone. The old, less traveled roadways (quiet, rarely

used) provide opportunities for woodcutting, hunting, camping,

gathering of berries and mushrooms (all recreation). These will no

longer be an option. Join me in speaking out against a "closed forest"

that offers fewer and fewer opportunities.

Wanda Ballard

Baker City