By David Peltier of Waldport, Oregon. David describes himself as "a 50 year young radical progressive tree farmer, house-builder, social worker."
President Bush cares for the timber corporations, not the timber workers.
Mr. Bush is clueless on how to preserve our world-class forests. We must not cut ANY old-growth trees in Oregon. This genetic legacy is for all of us. We must proect ourselves from tree diseases. We must reduce invasive species. We must create forest restoration jobs, and sustainable forestry jobs for our rural people. We must reduce forestry fuels carefully and appropriately, creating jobs. We cannot tolorate any more boom and bust forest economic cycles; these enrich aloof, unaccountable corporate elites and hurt our communities and working families.
We need to plant billions of trees for future generations. Clearcuts hurt the land. We must encourage selective cutting, and protection of riparian areas, wildlife corridors, and places of special botanical importance.