Quincy bill is big and bad

  Dear HCN,

I am one of the letter writers being accused by Mike Yost in his letter of being a "California activist ... spreading misinformation about the Quincy Library Group." (HCN, 12/22/97) But I'm not a California activist - I'm a local Plumas County activist and have been for the past 15 years.

My opposition to the current QLG bill has nothing to do with the alleged local vs. ational environmental group or local vs. state environmental group "turf battle." It has to do with the sheer volume and intensity of the logging that has to be allowed under the QLG agreement in order to secure the protection of only some of the environmentally sensitive lands in the project area. And that protection is only for the five-year duration of the bill. After that, the logged trees will be gone forever but the protected lands could be back on the chopping block.

The logging includes more than 45,000 acres of group selection (miniature clearcuts) and 300,000 acres of shaded fuel breaks (a better term would be barely shaded fuel breaks) where from 60 percent to 70 percent of the forest will be removed. In his letter, Mr. Yost makes all this sound like a trip to Disneyland.

I feel sorry for the public trying to decide what to believe. Maybe my paraphrased recollection of a scene from a recent James Bond movie will help: Mr. Gupta is confronted with 007's impeccable (but phony) credentials as an international banker. He grunts, "No good." Gupta's partner asks why that is, and Gupta replies, "It's Gupta's Law of Creative Anomalies: When something seems too good to be true, it always is."

John Preschutti

Blairsden, California