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Human safety first

 

Regarding the King Cove road (“Alaska wilds lose out,” HCN, 3/19/18): People have died in the King Cove, Alaska, community because the weather precluded air access, and they could not do anything but wait. Unless you live in a remote location like this, you don’t have, in my opinion, standing to protest these folks getting access. The community was incorporated in 1949, but the Izembek Wilderness, which has stopped the road access to the closest all-weather, jet-capable, instrument-approach-equipped airport, was put in place in 1980.

Only 13 percent of the entire Tongass National Forest is in the operable timber base for logging. It’s larger by more than three times than the next largest national forest. It’s a national forest, not a national park. Lastly, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here’s the scale for the development we are talking about: Place a postage stamp on the floor of one of largest football stadiums in the U.S. There you go.

Charles Nash
Trapper Creek, Alaska