HCN subscriber Don Ewy is not your typical logger. A self-described environmentalist who has fought to limit development on public lands, Ewy has selectively logged small trees in North Park, Colorado's only state forest, for the past 31 years. During that time his only employees have been his three children, and he says his daughter is "the best hand I ever had."
on Jan. 4, Don felt the heat that he says other loggers probably
feel more often. Most days, Ewy leaves the 10-person town of Gould
by 6:45 a.m., but he spent part of the morning at a meeting about
ORV use in the state forest. By the time he arrived at the forest,
he knew immediately that something wasn't right.
"Somebody monkey-wrenched my little dozer," he
says. The fuel lines were cut, the gauges were smashed, a chocolate
bar was dumped into the diesel tank and 30 gallons of oil were
dumped over the truck.
"It's obvious that
someone who was recreating in the forest came along and said to
themselves, ÔOh, logging is bad, I better do something about
it,' " says Don. "This just came out of the blue."
Don and Ann Ewy are offering a $500 reward for
anyone who has substantial information; nothing has turned up so
far. It's not the end of the world, Don says. For the last four
years, his family has struggled with a bigger beast than vandalism:
In 1996 doctors detected a tumor on Ann's brain. Since then, she
has undergone four brain surgeries, extensive radiation and
"At this point in my life,"
says Don, "I try to laugh at almost anything."