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Editor:

A recent online comment by "uncle fester" brings out a very good point. With New York state's ongoing quest to balance the budget and find new sources of revenue, maybe it's time to take advantage of the huge amounts of valuable, hardwood timber that's just rotting away on the stump and being wasted in the Adirondack Park.

I'm the first one to agree that the ecosystem and natural resources in this vast wilderness should be protected and preserved for future generations, but to pass legislation banning any logging operations on the entire 2.6 million acres in the Adirondack Park is overdoing it a bit. What we have here is too much of a good thing that came mainly from well-intentioned politicians from down around the city. In many areas, what we end up protecting are thousands of acres of open hardwood forest where the valuable hardwood timber will be totally lost because the huge, mature trees cannot be touched. These huge areas are basically sterile when it comes to wildlife because there is just no food to eat, after the mast crop is gone, and there is no thick undergrowth to offer anything in the way of browse or protection for the animals. This wonderful, valuable resource was given to us for a very good reason, to be used and managed wisely, not to be totally wasted and lost. I say, go on protecting the vast majority of the Adirondack Park just as we are now, but open up certain areas to logging operations as well. After all, we only need a certain number of foot trails, skiing trails, horse trails and camping sites in the Adirondacks, which is another great example of overkill that I won't touch on here!

Chip Hammond, Granville

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