posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 05:47 PM
Considering Oregon is home to the last of the truly Virgin Forests in the Continental United States (meaning no cutting, harvesting, development,
motorized vehicles, et cetera for over 500 years), we take our Forests very seriously out here.
I spend most of my weekends hiking through this last truly Virgin Forest, or in the many other Old-Growth Forests around here. The idea of making more
Old-Growth Forests protected and closed to motorized vehicles, development and logging is a great idea.
To any of you who have paid attention, you saw how upset Northern Californians and Oregonians got when Bush opened up the Redwood National Parks and
Monuments to deforestation, the value Northern Californians and Oregonians put on the protection of their forests shouldn't be much of a surprise.
Regrettably, since Bush opened the Redwoods to logging, over 97% of the Redwood Forests have been destroyed. These are trees that are thousands of
years old, grow over 300 feet in height, and diameters up to 26 feet at the base!
I want my children and my grand-children to be able to enjoy the very same forests I grew up in. I know these very same trees will remain for 80 to
100 generations after I am gone, as long as they are protected and valued by those who come after me. If it means closing these areas off from
logging, development, and motor vehicles, then so be it!
Ancient forests are far better a place to visit when you don't have the roaring of engines and the whomping sound of bass speakers to distract you
from the quiet beauty you can find there.