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Mike Albee: Pine beetle issue is not due to harvesting

To the editor:

I would like to respond to some points made by Mr. Germond in Monday’s Craig Daily Press.

First, the pine beetle problem is not a result of massive overgrowth and restrictions on harvesting. The problem is really two-fold. The lack of adequate moisture for several years has not allowed the lodgepole pine to produce natural defenses to protect itself from the beetle. Another factor is the lack of extreme cold winters, which kill the beetles. Whether harvesting was allowed or not, the beetle infestation would have occurred anyway.

Regarding gas prices, restrictions and regulations are not causing the high gas prices. If there were no restrictions and the United States could drill whenever and wherever without limitation, the oil would be placed on the world market, just like the oil from every other country and be subject to the same market forces that currently are influencing the price of gasoline.

Mike Albee, of Craig