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Save old-growth trees in the Milton Timber Harvest

Regarding the article on the front page of The Union Aug. 27: “To save the forest.”

I appreciate that The Union acknowledged the forest activists and the work they are doing to save the old growth trees in the Milton Timber Harvest.

However, more could have been said about why they want to save this specific group of trees.

I recently went on the relatively short hike from Sierra City to this area of the Pacific Crest Trail and was amazed that SPI would have the audacity to intend to cut down such magnificent trees.

The marked trees are easily five feet in diameter and several hundred feet tall. They are very close to the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) and some are also very close to Milton Creek. Harvesting them would cause considerable damage to the scenic value of this part of the trail, as well as pollute the creek with sedimentation.

This issue goes beyond private property rights. The PCT is a National Scenic Trail and those who use it – both now and future generations – deserve to be able to enjoy the presence of these ancient giants.

Sherry Elliott

Grass Valley

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