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LETTER: Save the Smoky Hills

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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I am a Minnesota tree inspector and a biologist. I have driven the stretch on Hwy. 34 between Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids many times in all seasons. I LOVE that drive because of the trees!

The trees aren’t the problem, we are! We, with our ever insatiable need to speed through nature, thinking of our busy lives. The many animals that live there are going to suffer, their homeland is getting less and less until there is no room for them anymore.

You might say, we can mitigate these effects by “planting more trees”…where? And do you know how long it will take to even come close to replacing their habitat, complete with micro and macro ecosystems held within? Quite literally DECADES and DECADES for some of these well-established trees.

Saplings don’t get planted and immediately grow full size overnight! What is the point of these agencies and processes if the defining factor is to still say “we want to sell these trees for some profit so we are going to say it will help ‘visibility along the road’” to push the project through? Having an out-of-state logging firm taking our trees is no small matter either!

We need to stop being driven by money and realize that we are not managing our natural resources the way we should for our future! Since they are being mismanaged, our Indigenous tribes need to be managing our natural resources, not the state or the federal government! Save the Smoky Hills!

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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