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Karen Atwood 
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Re: “Into the Woods Today

My family and I are residents living within the boundaries of the Allegheny National Forest. We are snowmobilers as well as fishermen, hikers, skiers, and hunters. My husband and I (both natives of the area) have been volunteers on the Forest since 1972. We care deeply about the Forest and its ties to the communities in the four county area. My husband serves on the Warren County Tourism Task Force. That is the reason we are extremely concerned about the impact of the current "oil boom" on the ANF. Since the Forest is included in the "PA Wilds" Region, we know how important the campgrounds, trails, scenic overlooks, streams, and rivers of this area are; in addition to the motels, restaurants, and other businesses that serve visitors. Note that I am speaking about the entire ANF. In addition, I find it bizarre that anyone would speak only of their concern about wilderness and not be concerned about the entire Forest--after all, the proposed wilderness areas are not an island, isolated from the remainder of the ANF. Mr. Hedlund's comments are also completely biased in favor of the timber industry. The Forest is supposed to adhere to the "multiple-use" concept where one use on the Forest is not supposed to dominate or adversely affect the other uses. Certainly a moderate amount of timber could be harvested, without the use of clearcuts, fences, and herbicides. I believe beautiful wood products could be marketed successfully as manufactured in the "PA Wilds", but the area needs a diverse balance of many things allowed to flourish in order for the economy to recover--especially tourism. If the readers care about this Forest, please speak up and tell their Congresspeople that we should not allow the ANF to be destroyed for the small amount of oil under the surface that belongs to the citizens of the United States. Thank you. Karen Atwood Warren, PA

Posted by Karen Atwood on 12/23/2006 at 10:19 PM

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