September 29, 2008

Harming the Forest

Roadless areas in the White Mountain National Forest are supposed to be absent of roads and full of trees. But the U.S. Forest Service has two roadless areas on the chopping block for new roads and clear cutting.

The two projects in Jackson and Warren are home to 100-year-old trees and wildlife. These roadless areas are outstanding examples of the natural beauty of New Hampshire, and the public has repeatedly and overwhelmingly demonstrated support for their protection.

Some say the North Country needs logging contracts to keep local jobs and spark the local economy. But the forest draws more revenue from tourism, like fishing, hiking, and other recreation, than it does from logging. The forest service said recreation activities resulted in more than 1,600 jobs and almost $32 million in revenue while logging created 57 jobs and only $12 million in the White Mountains. Logging the roadless areas will harm these national treasures, decrease tourism revenue and negatively impact the experience for people like me and my family.

Further protections are needed, not more logging. I hope one day that my children's children can enjoy the forests just as I have.



Originally published by For the Monitor.

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