From: Chris Heller
I've been growing very wary of an organization such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which was originally set up to take charge of issues such as our Maryland forests. The DNR has been selling state forest land timber, when it's charged with protecting and preserving state forest lands.
When in 1982 President Reagan cut federal funds to DNR by $1.7 million, DNR appeared to be supplementing its own budget by increasing sales of timber on public lands.
In the 10-year period from 1983-1992, more than 15 percent of the state's forests will have been cut. However, less than 4 percent of Maryland's total timber production is taken from public lands, so why does thetimber industry claim this logging is so significant to local economies?
What is needed to be done is (to reaffirm) the state's ability to set boundaries between state parks and state forests. As it is now, the DNR Secretary is able to move the already set boundaries to get timber. Legislation is needed to prohibit timber sales on lands designated as state parks. There is presently nothing on record.
This needs to be done in the near future in order to stop the DNR from achieving its dirty way in gaining profit by cutting down our state's trees. We need to put a stop to this by either getting the governmentof Maryland to enforce the boundaries, or the people showing the Department of Natural Resources we are aware that we are not happy.
By achieving this goal we can show the DNR and other state organizations that over all, the people of this state won't allow such deleterious effects to occur to our state forest -- showing them all of the power of the people in the state of Maryland.
HOLLAND TOOK THE CORRECT DECISION
From: William Arnold
Bravo for Councilman (Carl "Dutch") Holland. It is about time someone in our government respects the wishes of the electorate.
Mr. Holland's willingness to purchase the farm on Fort Smallwood Road and preserve it as open space instead of spending millions of dollars for a golf course is a great idea, particularly in this economic downturn.
At some point inthe future, I would like to see this land become a golf course or family park, but for now, the county and state do not have the funding for this project and I quite frankly am not willing to accept a tax increase to fund it!
Thank you, Mr. Holland, for having the courageto speak up for the taxpayers.