Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001

Editorial

Those who stay are faced with destruction, loss

In response to "Landowner and developers are not the problem," in my opinion, someone who within six months of moving into his house, posted signs that read "save human babies not fish," cut many of few remaining second growth conifers, is intentionally clearing native habitat on "critical" portions of Salmon Creek, and then states that since he pays the taxes he can do whatever he pleases with it is displaying a selfish attitude.
   If he is so concerned with saving children, he should be equally concerned with the quality of water, air and all species that live in a natural environment. At some point the county, state or federal government will force us to pay for restoration of these waterways. It will be very expensive and not as nature created over the past 15,000 years.
   It is not uncommon for these people to rape and destroy the natural environment then move on. Those who choose to stay are left with the destruction and loss of natural world. There are no "written" laws to prevent this from happening.
   The problem is not always landowners or developers, but such ignorance and greed will be a burden on future generations. People like this belong in a high rise condo so they can look out over the sterile man-made environment. Snohomish County does not have a clearing ordinance to protect the creek from chainsaws. Will children forgive these people for the elimination of salmon and the sight of the amazing cycle of spawning?
   Martin Boulanger, Woodinville