There are so many inaccuracies in Dale Matson’s letter (Aug. 30) to the editor, I am surprised it was printed.
A large portion of the Sierra National Forest is not in wilderness, about half of it, and those areas outside of the wilderness are vulnerable to commercial logging, mining and grazing, although grazing still occurs in the wilderness. Those unprotected areas are also where most species live. The Sierra Nevada’s rich biodiversity is in its forests and meadows, but it is harder to protect these areas, because they are abundant in natural resources, or once were.
The lower elevation areas of the Sierra National Forest also lack trails and trail maintenance. Many of them have degraded to the point where they are impassable or can’t be found. Most people who hike in the area understand this.
If Mr. Matson is really interested in access to hiking trails, he should be a supporter of this project, which has a primary focus on the resurrection and creation of hiking trails, and not the other way around. As his letter is written, it is unclear what he values, nature or empty anti-environmental rhetoric. It seems the latter.
Lowell Young, Mariposa