National Geographic : 1982 Dec
Members Forum OUR NATIONAL FORESTS Mr. Findley wrote an article (September 1982) that obviously comes from a lover of wilderness, yet still with an understanding of the reasonable ness of the opposition's arguments. Diana Oliver Flagstaff, Arizona The fact that millions and millions of acres are now under federal control is not due to the federal government's not having tried, in most cases, its utmost to unleash the lands to private occupancy and use. Now that private lands have been over exploited, however, many are turning to the little that is left in public ownership, marginal though it is, for one last round of exploitation. This trend must be resisted, and use of the public lands must be in a controlled, sustained-yield manner. Edward C. Sargent III, M.D. Shedd, Oregon You describe as "reduced to rubble" the logged areas. You should be honest and point out the foreground (photograph, page 320) is second growth timber 25 years or older. The hilltop in far background is old growth, and in front of that is an area at least 15 years old. Timber is a crop. Like apples, it should be harvested before it rots. Harold Granatt Quinault, Washington Any extensive clear-cutwill include areas logged in more than one season and hence will contain several stages of regrowth. But the immediate effect of a clear-cut is to leave a wasteland subject to erosion. U. S. FEDERAL LANDS MAP Your map (September 1982) showing the extent of federal government ownership of the western United States is nothing short of breathtaking. It is about time that the picture can be shown to the world, including the "preservationists." Perhaps it will give a shot in the arm to the "sagebrush re bellion," timed, as it was, to coincide with Secre tary Watt's announcement of the sale of some federal government lands. JayW. Preston Los Angeles, California ELEGANCE A WOMAN CAN USE EVERY DAY. CROSS SINCE 1846 Give the beautiful gift of new Cross for Women in 10K gold filled. With its own pen purse and lifetime mechanical guarantee. Suggested prices, $22.50 each; $45 the set.