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Letters: Club's requests misrepresented

Club's requests misrepresented In regards to the recent article in the Enterprise concerning Soaring Eagle Ski Trails: The request the Ski Club made was not for two acres to be cleared but a widening of existing trails. Because of such heavy use ...

Club's requests

misrepresented

In regards to the recent article in the Enterprise concerning Soaring Eagle Ski Trails: The request the Ski Club made was not for two acres to be cleared but a widening of existing trails.

Because of such heavy use at the trails we requested to have the existing driveway widened from 20 feet to 34 feet to accommodate more parking. We also requested to have an existing ski trail widened from 16 feet to 30 feet for a 400-foot length. This would be used for a race start and open area to have group ski lessons.

The group had to pay $200 for the timber that was cut. The total footage of land cut was 12,600 feet, which is at most a third of an acre.

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The article seemed to insinuate that our request instigated their need to log. These were two separate issues. The amount we widened had nothing to do with the lack of diversity left and warranted the 13-acre clear-cut.

According to the DNR Web site the cut was to be Jack pine in the one area due to a budworm infestation and aspen in another area. There is no mention of spruce, balsam, oak or birch. This information is available on the DNR Web site at http://files.dnr.state.mn .us/forestry/harvesting/fy07_harvest planaddition.pdf.

Jack Ellefson

Park Rapids

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