Winter tree cutting makes better sense

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007

In response to Mr. Newbould’s “Refuge Notebook” article of May 4: No, I do not think there should be a “prescribed burn” in June. Anytime.

Every bird, animal, fish and insect are trying desperately to raise young. Tourists are flooding in here like the birds.

A 431-acre tract is not that large, but look what happened a few years back with the Cooper Landing-Skilak fire. It is still ugly. You never went in and crushed any of that.

Why not make an effort to do a winter harvest of selective cutting by bids or let the locals come in and firewood it like we used to along Swanson River Road? Winter removal, when the ground is frozen, would do far less damage. I do not believe any unnecessary fires should be started in the summer months.

Michael L. Walker


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