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Redding Record Searchlight -- Worried about the watershed [Letter to the Editor]

by Lurline Webster
October 4th, 2007

Because there are many in the Redding area concerned about Sierra Pacific's
clear-cutting practices, I felt they would be interested in learning of the
problems we in Weaverville are facing.

SPI's latest timber harvest plan covers 273 acres of clearcutting in the
Weaver Basin. What is particularly disturbing to those of us who live here
is that the clear-cutting is planned primarily in watersheds of East Branch
Creek, West Weaver Creek, Sidney Gulch, East Weaver Creek and Weaver Creek.

For many of us who live along East Branch Road, the creek is our only
domestic water source, and we are extremely concerned about the possibility
of contamination from sedimentation and the use of herbicides.

We are not the only ones who would be affected. Contamination in any of the
above waterways could impact the water supply of the entire community.

It is obvious problems with Sierra Pacific's practice of clear-cutting is
very widespread.

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