Clarke: Don’t clear-cut paradise in Summit County
February 13, 2014
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone…"
These wise words from an old Joni Mitchell song ring so true today with respect to what we're doing to our forests in Summit County.
From the Summit Daily article on Jan. 16, we appear to be embarking on a project that will desecrate more of our beautiful mountain views and significantly reduce the enjoyment of those who love our views, our hiking trails and our mountains in general. Most of us who choose to live here do so because of the quality of life afforded by our natural environment, but every tree we cut down removes a little of this beautiful environment that first brought us here. This attraction extends to the many tourists who visit here in Summer and Winter, to enjoy our natural resources and, need we say, spend their money!
Following the January 16th article, several excellent letters in the opinion section have expressed logical reasoning why we need to stop for a moment to reconsider this major clearcutting before we desecrate our forests for several decades. Recognizing that while it appears that "the train has already left the station", let's at least modify the route so that we can preserve some of our surviving favorite forest trails by letting them take care of themselves.
Intelligent thinning of our forest will benefit everyone in Summit County by saving a significant immediate cost for the work and also a much bigger cost to the quality of life for those who live here and those who come to recreate.
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