Friday, September 7, 2007

Trees gone?but not by fire


Last Friday, Aug. 24, 700 courageous firefighters were working to preserve what could be preserved of the Sawtooth National Forest. At the same time the developer of the Stevenson-Ketchum Fund Project was uprooting and destroying one of the most beautiful groves of old growth fir trees within Ketchum city limits.

Along with the potential riparian damage to Trail Creek and the obliteration of the Walnut Avenue pocket park, this is an urban environmental tragedy.

When I wrote in February and again in June last year, I hoped that the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission would act to prevent this from happening or perhaps the City Council would appreciate the inappropriateness of this project. No such luck.

My suggestion to the commission and council is to visit the site and go home and read W.S. Merwin's poem, "The Last One." Shame!

Gordon Russell

Ketchum




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