I am behind in my reading and just saw your article about Lincoln County wanting more timber cut on state lands to increase revenues. Now I am told that I think too logically, which gets me into trouble at times, but I have to respond on this one.
Logic tells me if you cut down too many trees, the scenic beauty that draws tourists is greatly diminished. Tourists stop coming because no one is interested in clear cut views of mountainsides.
When tourists stop coming, hotels, restaurants and support businesses such as groceries, hardware, building supplies are forced to close or reduce staff, causing too many to become unemployed. This causes reduced tax revenues forcing the County into austerity programs. The only people left with good jobs are the forest products people, too few to sustain an economy the size of Lincoln County. As things spiral downhill, crime increases, people start leaving the area to find work, housing values plummet and the County becomes untenable. Yes, the trees will grow back in 70-80 years to restore the area’s scenic beauty but will anyone be left to see it?
By their actions, seems that the County leaders are taking a short-term “corporate” view, planning from fiscal quarter to quarter with no forethought to the consequences of their actions. We have seen too much of that already with so many corporations sending jobs offshore, only now discovering the folly of their actions. Seems to me our leaders instead need to start looking at the big picture, find balances and solutions that sustain Lincoln County for the long term, providing our children, grand-children and beyond good quality of life, safe living conditions, good paying jobs, and a bright future.
* The opinions expressed are strictly those of the writer.