Unbalanced story

As a biologist, I was disappointed to see the Pilot’s recent article that lacked critical thinking and context. The misleading title, “Study: Logging practices have no adverse effects on fish,” seemed to imply the research had relevance to our watershed, given its timing and the current political situation regarding post-fire logging. However, the researchers strongly cautioned against expanding the conclusions beyond the narrow scope and site of their study.

To consider: First, resident cutthroat trout are one of the most resilient fish species on the Oregon Coast, able to survive warmer water temperatures caused by logging. Attempting to draw conclusions about other species is inappropriate.

Second, landslides did not occur during the study. Landslides are natural but increase in watersheds with significant clear-cutting and increased road density. Oregon streams in forests with more private and state timberlands receive more fine sediment from clearcut hillsides, which smothers eggs buried in salmon redds and may reduce food for fry, juveniles, and smolts.

Third, this study did not show a significant difference between the watersheds for Coho salmon. However, the negative effects of logging on Oregon’s Coho salmon have been well documented for decades.

Last, the study’s focus on short-term productivity ignores the cumulative long-term impacts logging has on a stream — its physical habitat, hydrology and its inhabitants.

In the future, I hope the Pilot handles scientific information in a more balanced fashion, especially during such an important time when our local community will provide input on how to manage the public forests that surround our shared treasure, the Chetco River and its fisheries.

Sunny Bourdon


Helping homeless

This year’s winter weather cold snaps prompted a need among our local homeless residents for additional cold weather gear. Our Brookings-Harbor Food Bank’s volunteer intake workers recognized the need and reached out through our local media to our local groups and citizens for help with cash ($920) and in-kind donations valued at over $500.

We were able to provide cold kits for 28 people. Each person’s requests and needs were provided for from tents, tarps and sleeping bags to ponchos, oversized coats to socks, gloves and hats.

Special thanks go to Curry Coastal Pilot’s Jane Rees Stebbins, and all the great folks at community supportive radio KURY, we were able to get the word out quickly. This wonderful community responded including a lovely lady who brought handmade scarves and hats.

Because of the generosity of individuals in our social services network — in particular Curry Homeless Coalition’s Beth Hidalgo-Barker, County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy, ORCCA’s David Hubbard and Food Bank Executive Director Pam Winebarger and board President Al Usinger, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 757’s Lump Turner and Mike Berns, and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America’s volunteers and friends — we were able provide lifesaving comfort for others.

Also, we need to find or build a larger facility. If you would be interested in a hard-core commitment to build our food system along with us, please Email: journeyofgrace2011@hotmail.com .

Connie Hunter