I applaud your recent coverage of forest issues and suggest a stronger stance. I visited Vancouver Island for the first time in 1990, and clear-cut scenes similar to the one heading the Special Report were common. In three days of driving, we were never out of sight of clear-cut hillsides. The most pristine area that we visited was Clayoquot Sound, where we listened to tales from fishermen of severely damaged salmon runs and silt-polluted streams.
I am incredulous that a ``compromise'' with the timber industry can be rationalized that will allow two-thirds of the remaining 10 percent of unprotected high-quality old growth in the area to be cut. All of it deserves protection. Every bit of moral outrage aimed at such forestry practices is justified. Max H. Licher, Sedona, Ariz.
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