National Geographic : 2007 Nov
LETTERS We were disappointed in the incomplete picture painted of the health and economic reali ties of the Tongass National Forest. The story diminishes the efforts of individuals and organizations collaborating with federal land managers to resolve land-management issues. Groups such as the Tongass Futures Roundtable, with representatives from a diverse group of stakeholders, have come together to find solutions for the long-term vitality of this extraordinary place, its people and communi ties, and its fish and wildlife. While links on your website lead to information about these efforts, your hard copy readers will never see them. We are guided by a model of sustainability that ensures not only ecosystem integrity but also community and social via bility. There are no threatened or endangered species in the forest, and we have science and sustainable practices sup porting our management that includes some resource extrac tion for the economic stability of Southeast Alaska, as is congressionally mandated. All of this is accomplished while providing the other resource amenities the American public expects, now and long into the future. FORREST COLE Forest Supervisor Tongass National Forest I expected to encounter clear cuts, but nothing prepared me for the scale of arboreal car nage I witnessed on Prince of Wales Island during my June visit. The Tongass National Forest is owned by corporate America and subsidized by the American taxpayer. A Tlingit woman told me that when an eagle finds a carcass, it will gorge until it can barely fly. How appropriate that it has become our national symbol. FRED JONES Pilot, Virginia Itwas probably the arro af rr realizing his from his shoulder, then he discarded it in anger and had gust. By the action of pulling theshaft from that location horror of wati the wound Last Hoursangle o thebody, he ma have damaged his artery by I would submit towithdraw it himself pulledand at the lethal arrow entry. If he was struck by the arrow but managed to escape from his shoulder, then he discarded it inanger and dis-ver gust. Bickly theaction of pulling te shaft from that location and angle on the body, valuemay copphave damaged otheriseatery by notbeing able to withdraw it LOWNDES WHATLEY Roswell, Georgia cleanly and tat theangle of entry. If he was struck by the arrow but managed to escape and hide, then removed the shaft, cut the artery, and very quickly bled out, that would be a more plausible solution to the mystery of the valuable copper ax and other items not being scavenged. LOWNDES WHATLEY Roswell, Georgia Could it be that the Iceman was a thief and was shot while trying to escape? Those pursuing him might have removed his cloak while recovering the loot and failed to retrieve the ax. PEDRO ESCALANTE-NUNEZ San Miguel de Allende, Mexico An avid hunter myself, I am all too aware of the dangers of hunting larger game. It is highly unlikely that an older hunter would have gone to chase game at high altitude alone, because of the problem of carrying that game back to camp. He would have had at least one hunting partner with him. It was probably that per son who inadvertently shot him, removed the arrow after realizing his mistake, and had the unfortunate horror of watching him die from the wound. Not quite as sensa tional as a border war or fights for control of the tribe, but as any hunter will tell these academic experts, it's a far more likely scenario. JACK MURPHY Brownsburg, Indiana As an archer, I could not help but notice the Iceman's mur derers have drawn their bows with each arrow mounted on the wrong side of the bow handle [page 77]. Otherwise Kazuhiko Sano's illustrations are wonderful and bring to life the Iceman's last hours. C. ROB ARMSTRONG West Plains, Missouri Drawing an arrow on the right hand side of a bow is a style used by archersin various cul tures, perhaps most famously in the Japanese martialart called kyudo. The artistchose to depict this style; how arrows were aimed in the Alps 5,000 years ago isn't known.