Clear-cut logging here would be disastrous |

Clear-cut logging here would be disastrous

I feel disappointed, that in this day and age, Sierra Pacific Industries still chooses to use clear-cutting as a logging practice.

As an airline pilot, I have a unique perspective flying over mountainous areas. I am always in shock when I fly over an area that has been clear cut – it is simply dead and devastated, a blight, if you will, on the land. The landscape changes from forest to a checkerboard pattern of empty squares – no trees, no wildlife and terrible erosion scars.

I consider clear-cutting an outdated, archaic logging practice. However, if harvesting is imminent, select cutting is a rational alternative (select cutting is when the forest is thinned, leaving many young, healthy trees and an intact eco-system).

In that this proposed clear- cut harvest plan is in our backyard in Nevada County, bordering the South Yuba River, our local gem, I think it is especially important that due care and consideration is given to the devastating impact a clear-cut would have in this location.

First, many of us would see the scarred landscape of this project from our homes.

In addition, for those of us who hike around Malakoff and the Missouri Bar trail, the thought of a clear-cut is unconscionable.

In closing, as a proud resident of Nevada County, I consider a clear-cut in this area a rape of Mother Earth in my own backyard. If timber harvesting in this area is deemed absolutely necessary, I strongly encourage the committee to consider a select cut harvest plan.

I understand that saws will cut, but how deeply they cut into the soul of Nevada County is up to you.

Make the right choice – for us and the Earth!

Myles Ericson

Nevada City

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