LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fussing over the biological ecosystem

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A recent article in the U-B proposed applying "science" to the wilderness areas to bring them to a more healthy state. Especially to overcome the practice of preventing fire.

When I was born, 90 percent of our country's forests were natural diversity ecosystem, now less than 10 percent are. Our forests have been reduced to conifer plantations by using the "science" of cut and burn.

I have spent 60 years trying to assure that our forests retain their biological cycle and natural diversity by limiting harvest to ecosystem excess productivity and preventing fire.

Because of overharvesting/consumption, we have brought the managed forest to inability to supply the lumber industry. So, now they want to cut the wilderness and burn the dead and decomposing materials which store moisture and recycle the next biological process in the forest. Then what?

Oh well, we have done the same to our rangelands/croplands and rivers and seas. Likewise disrupting and altering the very air of our planet. By the way, do any of you know what Algocrust is?

Should I even comment? After all, there are 7 billion of us where only 2 billion can be sustained over time. I think that means 5 billion who don't care or won't survive.

Probably the whole7 billion are not aware of the multitudinous increase in earthquakes. Soon these tremors will become plate shifting like the upthrust behind Milton-Freewater, which looms over the down thrust of the Walla Walla Valley. The maximum expression will be continental buckling such as the Rockies and Appalachian. Picture a 1,000-foot high tsunami. How fast can you run? Where to?

I shouldn't sound as if I were the Lone Ranger, after all, these predictions have been public for over 2,000 years. There are thousands of other folks who also know of these prophesies.

Perhaps I shouldn't bother fussing about the biological ecosystems when the real message is "repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."

Al Johnson

Walla Walla

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