February 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14, 2013

Witnessed accident

TO THE EDITOR: If you are the owner of a blue Subaru car with the license plate number PL875, you should call me.

Your vehicle would have been parked at the Plattsburgh Price Chopper on Feb. 1 at approximately 5 p.m.

Look carefully at your back bumper. If you are seeing damage or scratches, etc., I know how your car received it. I did not cause it, but I do have information that would help you.

My phone number is 647-5264.


AuSable Forks


Clearcutting permit

TO THE EDITOR: The Adirondack Park Agency will be voting on a general permit for clearcutting soon. This is a step in the right direction.

Environmental organizations have stated the Forest Preserve will be clearcut; not true. By Article 14 of the State Constitution, trees cannot be cut on State Forest Preserve; roughly half of the park is state land.

The general permit will only affect private property. Landowners who are enrolled in a third-party certification process will be the only landowners who can apply for this permit.

To be certified by one of these organizations, the landowner must have a harvesting plan. This plan must match what the certifying agency requires for a healthy forest. This does not relate to just the trees, plants and animals taken into consideration. The harvesting plans create habitat for different species.

The Silva Culture science behind a clearcut is sound. I was recently in a meeting with several Adirondack environmental groups; they did not dispute the need for clearcutting in some forest conditions.

The problem with the current permit process is that it is lengthy; the one permit the APA issued took 14 months. One must understand clearcutting is not a decision made lightly. However forestry is like gardening; instead of planning for a summer when gardening, foresters plan for 30 years or more.

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