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Letter to the editor: Why the controversy over the woodpecker?

I had to question motives of Chad Hansen and the John Muir Project when I read about the controversy they are creating concerning the black-backed woodpecker. As a long-time resident, I have been observing the bird from my windows for the last 30 years. I see other woodpecker species as well and as often. We live one-eighth mile from the nearest burn line on Tahoe Mountain. I see the birds now as I saw them before, and nothing has noticeably changed. The black-backed woodpecker feeds from live and dead trees like all the rest. I do think the Forest Service has designed a well-thought-out project in the burn area. It is cutting about half the area, with the cutting centered on the popular hiking and recreation areas. As we saw last winter, those burned trees are really coming down now, so I appreciate the Forest Service’s efforts to make the popular areas a little safer. Also, the logging contractor has done a superb job in our area. From what I see, about half of the burned trees have been removed and the forest floor has been mulched, really looks good, great job! There were many unstable burned trees along our walking trails that were very dangerous to us; they were removed, thank you! Everything I see in our area seems to really make sense except for this black-backed woodpecker controversy, which doesn’t make sense. Why is Hansen creating a controversy over a well-thought-out project that balances both the needs of wildlife and the safety of the residents who live in the area?

Don Kovach

South Lake Tahoe

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