Letters to the Editor
Has anyone had any thoughts or concerns about the size of some of the clear cut logging sites in our area? I think many of us are disappointed when we see entire woodlands close to us clear-cut. Certainly it will only be our children that will see forests at that site again. Just what is the situation with these vast clear-cut areas?
If you haven’t seen one of these extensive sites, let me draw your attention to such a site directly east of the Gun Club off M-94 about 12 miles north of Manistique. You cannot see it from 94 but you can access the site from a new logging road just south of the Gun Club on the east side of 94, that actually goes through where the Gun Club has archery targets set up. Or, you can access the site by continuing North on M-94 about two miles to Smith Lake Road and turn right (East). Continue down about one mile to High Rollaways. Turn right on the two track at the southern edge of this site (just as Rollaways will curve left). Follow this two track around and in about a mile it will open up to the site to which I am referring.
I have researched and understand the usefulness of clear cutting. It stimulates the growth of Jack Pine and Aspen, both, which are important trees for wildlife and commercial use. I also understand that the DNR is trying to manage our forests responsibly. I have spoken personally to them and convinced that they are sincere professionals doing the best management they can. However, they are admittedly under pressure from the State to cut more as this is big income to the State. I believe they sincerely try to resist this but as you can see from the clear-cut I am referring to, large tracts of woodlands are demolished for our lifetimes by these extensive cuttings. I am not anti-clear cutting, let me make that clear, I understand management and the needs of the trees for lumber and resources of income for the State; I do not oppose that. However, are these the only factors to be considered in clear cutting? This site is 160 acres, with some small Red Pine tracts left in the center. I think there should be limits on the size of the clear cuts, say a maximum of 50 acre sites, to prevent such large forest tracts from being demolished for 50-80 years. Also to space these clear cut areas apart to protect the esthetics and beauty and reduce the environmental impact on our woodlands.
Does this concern you at all or am I the only one who is concerned with the size of the tracts of forest that are demolished? Surprisingly, in speaking with a DNR officer, he commented that they do not hear from the public about these sites. Well, would you like them to hear from you? If so call this number and leave a message or speak with a DNR officer and express your feelings. Actually, I believe they will be glad to hear from you, as I have found them most cordial and helpful. By the way, whose land is it that the State is cutting? State land…your land, that you pay taxes for, let your voice be heard. DNR # (906) 452-6227 Ext. 240 or leave a message with the secretary.