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Clear cutting along roadways disappointing

Posted: January 11, 2013 - 10:06am

My family is appalled by the way the state came in and “bulldozed” over hundreds of live green standing trees along the Sterling Highway starting at Ninilchik continuing north. My family watched a small seedling grow for 15 years way back off the highway. We decided to put out a sign to ask the state department to “please save this tree.” The crew operating the heavy equipment (private contractors) were very sympathetic and understanding however told they had to cut it down by orders from DOT. We called DOT and asked if landowners could at least suggest one or two trees to “save” as we are living so close to the highway. This will bring more moose to browse closer to the highway once the grass comes up so we can continue to slaughter them along the roadway. What study did they do? The Sterling Highway is still a dangerous two lane old dark (winter) rundown road with over 7,000 vehicles driving it during the summer. What was the purpose for this clear cutting of “all” of the live green trees without leaving a few here or there for natural scenic beauty of the highway? There is not enough voices on the Kenai Peninsula to stand up for our environment as well as our resource depletion like the Kenai River that is over fished as well as halibut! Our neighbors planted lodgepole pine just to see the state come in and bulldoze over that stretch of gorgeous live trees. One of the reasons we live in Alaska is to enjoy the outdoors and beauty! Very disappointed family.

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mojo66 01/12/13 - 06:28 pm
saving lives by seeing moose

saving lives by seeing moose overrides watching the grass gro

Seafarer 01/12/13 - 11:33 pm

Clearcutting sux, except on the sides of the roads. I don't like to see a majestic Moose writhing in pain, do you?

JOAT 01/13/13 - 08:22 am
Location, location, location

Don't buy a lot against a highway and then get ticked off about what the state does with their land. The highway right of way was clearly noted in your mortgage paperwork. Don't like it, then move off the highway. No one buys a highway front lot to "enjoy the outdoors and beauty".

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/13/13 - 11:01 pm
Moose steaks

I'm not trying to be Moose-Chevious here seafarer, but, explain how your gonna feed someone moose steaks if they show up at your door hungry without a majestic moose having writhed in pain & death setting in, that inables you to have those moose steaks?
I agree people should not build so close to the road ways probably because of the possibility of this happening for many utilities right of ways projects. It's usually done to prevent having to plow or care for their drive ways that are to long. But, on the other hand i don't buy the junk of it's to protect moose who are usually along those road ways due to the young saplings that are regrowing, as well as the salt, minerals spread on the roads also drawing them there.
Moose & other animals get killed in the summer as well, you do know? There are certain sound making devises that could be constantly coming from cars or trucks that cause moose to run away from the roads when they hear them if they really wanted to protect moose.
As i said, when new growth of plants, trees from the clear cutting or fires starts to grow, moose will come and in a huge numbers as well, It's usually called moose habitat inhansement programs or new growth projects. SEE ROAD KILLS INCREASED DUE TO CLEARING along road ways that have been cleared, as in the Spur or K. Beach.
If i was a gambler i would venture to say that there is something else coming along these road ways soon and they just have not shared that info yet, BUT, it's not about moose protection or concern for drivers either. Now is it, especially when the history of road kills has increased along widely cleared road ways? But, thats the Government for ya, they will do what they want, no matter the branch it might be and if ya don't like it, then thats just to bad. More to come state wide as well as nationally, so hang on for the wild ride folks down lifes Government controled, regulated Highway.

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