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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal February 19, 1992 ewpoan s LETTER TO THE EDITOR Only One Species Must Be Protected Dear Editor, Congress is to review the "Endangered Species Act" soon, and I have written the following letter to the Oregon delegations to encourage them never really existed, but is very real in its imqgination. I'm sure that most of the people who are involved in or contribute to the "Environ- mental" organizations sincerely believe that the position advocated by the "Environmentalist" lead : to support major revisions to ' ship is practical, .noble', and the.Act: I would like to ask correct. The fact is, however, your readers to write or call their represe.ntative and make their opinions known. Congress does not know what we want unless we tell them. they are being lied to by people whose REAL age a can be nothing less than the destruction of.this nation. Congress now has the put the welfare of the people of this nation and the world FIRST in consideration when any other species is considered forprotection. The hard fact is that the ONLY species on Earth that MUST be protected is the HUMAN one. We can live without the presence on Earth of most or all of the animals or plants that are now or likely to ever be considered endangered, but ifthe "Environmentalists" prevail the human species will vanish. When we are gone, no Belt-tighter ing by public bodies is never easy. As the opportunity to remove this one else will ever care. effects of BaUot Measure 5 come more clearly into focus, any Gentlemen: loadedgunandrestoresanity of us who might have envied the members of the Pine Eagle When Congress passed the to the nation. The Sincerely, School Board should reconsider. While these friends and "Endangered Species Act,"it 'Endangered Species Act" " Wilber L. SuUens neighbors make up the governing body of the largest, and presented a loaded gun to a must be re-written so as to Baker City, OR arguably most important, local "agency," sympathy may be lunatic fringe of the United the most appropriate thing we can give them now. States population to aim at [ Deciding the future of the educational system, through the head of the only genuine Letters to the Editor Guidelines which all of our local children will pass, is a job which source of wedlth in the nation: I requires serious study and hard choices in the best ofcircum- the harvesters ofthe resources | to space limitations and newspaper policy, these guide- stances. And, with expenses growing and revenues soon to of the Earth. | lines should be followed: shrink, these are clearly not the best of circumstances, This lunatic fringe I 1. Length of letters should be limited to about 350 words. " | 2. Letters must be signed and accompanied by an address. A In large, metropolitan areas school boards are typically subscribes to a new religion | phone number should be included for the newspaper's use, in made up of attorneys whose training presumably qualifies that seems to advocate i case clarification is needed. them to lead their districts through the quagmire of state removal of all people fror the " [ 3. Content should be in good taste and have a broad appeal. laws and regulations. In remote, rural areas, like ours, land and a return to a | The Journal reserves the right to edit or not publish letters boards are composed of farmers, ranchers, hourly employees primeval condition that has [ not meeting these guidelines:= of local businesses --'gust plain folks." These folks have the unenviable task of guiding our school district through the GUest Opinion uncharted, choppy waters of dwindling resources, while our. nation struggles to regain a measure of educational respect- the Present? ability, Not an easy task, even in those areas where board members have advanced educational degrees and/or large- by Charles McDaniel young Doug fir, causing de- management can't be used in other stands of timber. ! Hells 145 North Main St. - P.O. Box 646 Halfway, Oregon 97834 yon Journal Publisher. Steve Backstrom Editor. Pat Garrigus Staff: Louise Antaya, David Baker, Ann Friang, Coco Forte, David Light, Holly Sanders, Mary Jo St. Clair & Marty Wright Correspondents: Marjorie Baker, Melanie Crocker, Vonnie Bennett, Gus Garrigus & Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journal is published weekty for $12.00 (Baker County) or $15.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 2rid Class postage paid at Halfway, Oregon 97834. USPS Number: 002-953. Poslmastar: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, Oregon 97834. Mea~er of the Otel;on Newtpaper t~tbii~,erl, A~loc~tiort BCC. We.are working up on generation. This just adds to deformed or weak. These what used to be the Hadley mybeliefthat BCC is logging stock growers' magazines do Ranch, west of Wallowa. The for the present -- not for the say to make a good manage- cutting specifications for this future, ment plan and work for a job are to cut everything over Don't get me wrong about high producing, healthy liveo 16" DBH (diameter at breast logging, for I have been mak- stock operation, which will height); cut one-half of what ingmylivinginthewoods forpay offin the future. is 13" to 16" DBH. about 20 years now. I just I am concerned that BCC On this piece of property believe we have to start log- and other logging affiliated BCC is onlyconcerned about ging for the future instead of organizations are not con- making sure they get their the present. A good example cerned about the future of volume. The main species ofloggingfor the futureis the our forests (either private or that BCC wants the most is Goebel-Jackson 160 acre tree public). I would like to see ponderosa pine, because of farm. They have owned it for these organizations subscribe its high dollar market. 20 years, starting out with 2 to a stock grbwers' magazine I think the pine should be million board feet of timber, or visit some of our local farm- left because of the bug infes- Over this 20 year period,era and ranchers to get an tat|on in the Douglas fir and Goebel-Jackson have takenidea on how we should man- white fir (which could wipe off over a million board feet age our forests. out much of the fir stand), and still have 2 million board There is a lot of mistletoe in feet of good quality timber (Editor's note: Charles the Doug fir (that needs to be growing for future harvest. I McDaniel lives in WaUowa, cut) which spreads to the see no reason this kind of Oregon). in its actions. scale business management experience, AlthoughIkn0wtherewiU formed, non-producingtrees. Local control over schools is said to be nearly a thing ofthe be consequences for speak- ButBCChasnothingintheir I think all of us that work past. The state will soon be taking charge of most educational ingmy opinion, possibly even loggingplan for this property inthewoods should subscribe decision making. Nevertheless, the importance of the cur- costing me my job, I am writ- about leaving the healthier, to a livestock growers' maga- riculum review underway in the Pine Eagle School District ing this letter because I'm better producing trees and zine before we ever subscribe cannot be overstated. Interested patrons owe to themselves tired of seeing this political taking out the undesirable to a logging magazine. In and to the future of local education to pay attention to this ' BS" that Boise Cascade Cor- trees. In fact, one of BCC's these livestock magazines, processandsharetheirthoughtswiththeirelectedrepresen- poration (BCC) puts in the foresters came out and they tell you how to get the tatives on the board. This process can be expected to take a local newspapers about log- showed us some of the trees most out of your livestock while.Itdoesnotrequirethatourboardmembersbe"guiding ging for the future. Their log- he wanted left. This BCC for- operation. They sure don't say lights," themselves, but rather, that they be guided by the ging practices, as far as I'm ester then told us to cut the to "harvest" all the cows that wishes of the constituents they represent. While tl e next, scheduled curriculum work session on concerned, are for the high volume trees to be sure weigh 600 pounds, and "hat- present, for the volume and that BCC would get the most vest,, half of the cows that Februm? 25 is not likely to include a lot of time for public for the all-mighty dollar. Not volume possible. This BCCweigh 400 to 600 pounds. input, that time will come, eventually. If large numbers of constituents don't make their wishes known, then, the board for any future benefits, forester had no concern about They don t say to keep the I cut logs for a company, what this stand of timbercows with bad teeth or feet. cannot be faulted if the community's wishes are not reflected who in t rn, is working for would yield for the coming They don't say to keep the