Brown: Making 100-year decisions on the future of Summit County forests |

Brown: Making 100-year decisions on the future of Summit County forests

Golda Hill, nee Trail, beloved wife of Sam Hill and sister of Peaks Trail, succumbed to massive amputation this winter following modest infection. She was preceded in death by parents Mark and Dusty Trail and by brothers Forrest and Sal T. (Lick), who died similar deaths in 2012. Beloved by the hiking, biking and cross-country skiing communities, she was a haven of friendship on windy days for all who knew her and will be sorely missed. At her request, there will be no services; aspen trees (no lodgepole please) may be planted in her memory or elected officials taken to view the grave site.

Come to Third and Granite in Frisco Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Speak out or simply lend your presence to let the Forest Service and your elected officials know just how unpopular as well as nonsensical the massive planned Ophir Plan clear-cutting of largely live trees far from homes really is. It’s not too late too save the magnificent Peaks Trail or and the tops of Gold Hill and Ophir Mountain.

This is a critical time and a 100-year decision. Once the forests are cut, it will take 60-100 years until we have a mature forest again, with a heritage for our children and grandchildren of 5-10 years of clear-cut wasteland and 30-40 years of dense dog-hair lodgepole thickets.

Howard Brown


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