Fuel reduction in the watershed a delight

Fuel reduction in the watershed a delight

On a recent visit to the Ashland watershed, I was delighted by the good work of the Lomakatsi Restoration Project to reduce fire hazard. This work was delayed six years as the U.S. Forest Service allocated scarce planning resources to logging old-growth forest in the Biscuit fire west of Grants Pass and expanding the ski area on Mt. Ashland, but thinning done late is better than none at all.

I share the enthusiasm of the City of Ashland and The Nature Conservancy for ecological benefits of careful thinning and, one day, restoration of natural fire to the watershed.

However, Eric Navickas and I sued the Forest Service to block portions of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project because it authorizes removal of between 30,000 and 80,000 "late-successional" trees larger than 17 inches diameter, degradation of critical northern spotted owl habitat on 1,200 acres, and commercial logging on more than 1,000 acres of the McDonald Peak Roadless Area, in disregard of collaborative agreements reached by community members.

Fortunately, Lomakatsi has nothing to do with these troublesome aspects of AFR, which are scheduled to begin in 2012. Their effort to secure the watershed employing up to 50 workers at a time will continue unopposed for the foreseeable future.

Jay Lininger

Tucson, Ariz.

Ashland visit could not have been better

We recently had the pleasure of our daughter having her wedding in your beautiful town of Ashland. The Timbers Motel was a pleasure and accommodating to us and our last-minute extra guests. The ceremony was at the beautiful Lithia Park and the weather was perfect. The reception dinner at the Macaroni's Ristorante & Martinos could not have been any better at meeting all our needs, excellent service and making it memorable. We visited several other restaurants in Ashland and they were all wonderful.

We can't wait for our next visit to Ashland.

Jerry and Mercy Hickman

Chino Valley, Ariz.

City should sponsor Memorial Day events

I have noticed in the three-plus years that I have been a resident of Ashland that there is no celebration of Memorial Day or any acknowlegement of what the holiday represents.

Memorial Day is not all about bar-b-ques and higher gas prices. I feel that the city of Ashland should publicly acknowlege the sacrafices made by our nation's veterans with some sort of public parade or display reflecting the respect deserved by those who are no longer with us. Many cities across the country have public events on this holiday and we should as well.

Troy Canfield

Ashland