June 06, 2020

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor by Jym St. Pierre of RESTORE: The North Woods that appeared in your paper on June 7.

St. Pierre refers to an article by Tom Hennessey that I did not see, but his reference to the sportsmen and visionaries of bygone days appears to be a self-defeating group of statements. Yes, there were such people, but the difference now is a multi-billion dollar forest industry that contributes a lion’s share to this state’s economy-and also contributes on a national scale when its vendors are considered.

As usual, consideration of economic impact that a move such as creating the proposed park would cause is avoided; that is the way of these preservationist groups. Perhaps St. Pierre has done a study on just how he plans to replace the lost dollars, but I rather doubt it, his interests don’t seem to lead in that direction.

I would question the statements made concerning public access in such a park-I have seen both the bio-diversity maps and the ones generated for “protection” of the great northern forest by the the preservationist groups. Both versions contain areas designated “no human activities” that are too large to indicate easy access to the proposed park area, if any at all.

RESTORE claims to have no hidden agenda that would lock up our forest lands, but considering the lawsuits and other activities that it precipitates concerning listing species under the Endangered Species Act and similar endeavors, one has to wonder just what it is that these people really want. Earle Kasregis Roxbury

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