Union Democrat staff

Burned timber will go to waste

To the Editor:

I would like to comment on Roy Bridgman's comments about the Rim Fire in the Oct. 21 paper. You said we're caught between extremes whether we should allow salvage logging because of a woodpecker. The salvage logging being done on roads and utility corridors is being done to protect human life, not woodpeckers. People have to drive those roads to access power lines and other infrastructure that the employees of Hetch Hetchy will have to service 365 days a year rain or shine.

It's hard to believe you are a public paid employee and you're torn between public safety and woodpeckers. Maybe the trees should be left standing and when winter rolls in and they get blown over and smash the power lines down, you drive out there and fix them. But I guess that's why you only care about the woodpeckers because you don't have to drive out there and repair something in the middle of the night.

I've been working in the burn area since it started and I have yet to see a woodpecker. There is no wildlife from Highway 120 to Reed Creek, it's nuked. Don't worry Mr. Bridgman there will be about 2.5 billion board feet of timber left to rot out there, according SPI foresters. Your woodpeckers will be fine. Only about half of 1 percent of what burned is being salvaged in the area Mr. Bridgman is talking about.

What a waste.

Greg Burns


Local movie crew offers thanks

To the Editor:

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped with this movie.

The last scene, the bike ride from Copperopolis to Farmington was phenomenal with close to 400 motorcycles. Special thanks to Pastor Robert Rice from Jamestown Christian Fellowship for saying a prayer over all of us before we left Copperopolis, and to Glenn Kolpack for the aerial footage. And thanks to "all" those who participated in the ride.

Frank Verbeck

Producer, director, writer "Outlaws and Patriots"

Angels Camp

'Habitat' housing a gift to community

To the Editor:

Each time I drive by the Parrotts Ferry Village subdivision in Columbia, I am amazed and thankful for all the caring individuals at Habitat for Humanity, local businesses, and community members who volunteer their time and expertise to make the dream of homeownership a reality. The homes are attractive and it's great to see a well-planned subdivision.

What a wonderful gift to families; the pride of ownership and building a home with their children, and the economic and emotional stability for their family. Not only do they benefit personally, but the owners become responsible community members contributing to our tax base.

For most of my children's younger years, my family rented trailers, mobile homes and houses in Tuolumne County. We moved often, almost yearly, as situations changed or property owners took their rentals off the market. We would have appreciated living in the same location, school district, and the plus of a constant monthly payment. Families and children need consistency and security to be successful so they, too, can give back to the community.

I am fortunate to own my home now - actually, the bank and I share ownership, but I'm working on that! Congratulations to the new owners, and thanks again to all who make it possible.

Nancy Brooks