July 28 (1982, 2000, 2006)
Canyonful of Noise ~ Where Draw Lines?

7/28/82 A summer morning in 1982. The sounds of construction waft over here from my dad's place; a dredge drones in upper Green Valley; the Channel 13 helicopter ferried many loads down into Giant Gap yesterday. Filming?”

[Russell Towle's journal]

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 07:16:23 -0800
To: "Terry Davis, Sierra Club"
From: Russell Towle
Subject: Re: North Fork PW boundary

>Sorry for my silence on your boundary dialogue. It is one of those
>perplexing problems. Do you go for boundaries justified by topographical and
>habitat characteristics or the most pragmatic from a political standpoint? I
>think your idea of presenting alternatives is good.

Alternatives, good.

"Most pragmatic" is of course somewhat open to debate. Would Congress look benignly upon a WA with boundaries following section lines, along a crazy-quilt path which entirely neglects and obscures the geography of the area?

If you compare the boundaries for the Grouse Lakes PW and the North Fork PW, you will see a much simpler and more coherent boundary in the former. Not only that, but within the Fordyce area, there are various roads and jeep trails and timber harvest areas within the boundary. To which I say, good; we are looking to the long term, to the heritage we bequeath future generations, and we are not mean-spirited and shy and scared when we draw our line in the sand, as it were.

I just returned from a few days in the Loch Leven area. Although it was during the week, many people were enjoying the trails and the lakes. I took the time to examine portions of the historic Sugar Pine Point Trail, near Pelham Flat. Like quite a few other trails in the high country, logging on private lands has served to obliterate portions of the trail. In fact, at Pelham Flat I could not find any vestige of it which I was sure of, there were so many bulldozer skid trails and such.

July 28, 2006

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