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To the editor:

Has the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) come up with the number of Mexican spotted owls that have perished or lost their habitat from the Rodeo-Chedeski, Wallow, Schultz Pass as well as numerous other fires in the past 15 years? Are we going to have to endure another devastating fire on Mormon Mountain to make people aware of the true agendas of the CBD and the Sierra Club? The neglect of the U.S. Forest Service to responsibly manage our forests and the conservationists who continue to produce unsubstantiated reasons to halt the progression back to a healthy forest, results in a horrible price to pay.

 How many species have become endangered or extinct due to the first 90 years of logging in Arizona? Since logging has vanished from Arizona, the Mexican spotted owl continues to be endangered due to other reasons besides logging. This includes drought, fire, great horned owl predation, low reproductive success and low juvenile survival rates.

What is happening in Flagstaff affects all of us who live in or near the forests of Arizona. The most responsible thing to do to help the owl survive is thin the forest which includes logging. If we do nothing, then the forest will turn to ashes devastating our economy and way of life. Also the Mexican spotted owl will be no more.

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Edward Hamblin

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