- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Good reasons to oppose wilderness
To the editor:I am writing in response to the Dec. 19 letter "Wilderness deserves protection." I disagree with Adam Gohn's criticism of U.S. Rep Jo Ann Emerson's opposition to designating 49,323 additional acres of wilderness in the Mark Twain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service findings in its 2005 forest plan said the proposal by the Missouri Wilderness Coalition to designate seven additional areas failed to meet the definition of wilderness for several reasons. The designated areas certainly were not places of solitude as claimed by wilderness advocates. The 2005 forest plan did recommend 13 parcels of land totaling 1,770 acres be added to existing wilderness areas, for a total of 63,000 acres. Furthermore, no land that is currently wilderness was redesignated for other uses.
I might add that Emerson has been a true advocate of the forest products industry in Southeast Missouri. Our industry is a major economic engine that helps drive the rural economy, and I appreciate the congresswoman's efforts to keep Mark Twain National forest land open for sustainable timber harvest. Sustainably harvesting timber from the Mark Twain National Forest through the assistance of professional foresters and loggers will ensure the long-term health and viability of the forest for generations to come.
BRIAN BROOKSHIRE, Executive Director, Missouri Forest Products Association, Jefferson City, Mo.