Letter to the Editor

Dr. Luis Contreras: Area resident calls for action on Butler Hollow

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dear Editor:

The future of Butler Hollow has not been decided.

July 8 is the deadline to send opposing comments to USFS. They plan prescribed fires on 3,600 acres every three years with no end in sight. This is Phase One of an 18,000-acre fire restoration project, a joint venture with The Nature Conservancy and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Butler Hollow is a unique forest with many families residing in the Hollow for generations. The forest provides clean air and water, shade, and habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Cedar trees provide shelter and shade year around and flash flood protection from Butler Creek flowing downstream into Table Rock Lake.

Forest fires are a serious health risk of air pollution and water contamination. Fires create highly toxic compounds from incomplete wood combustion, a complex chemical process generating wood smoke.

Wood smoke contains ash and toxic gases, including fine particulates (PM), invisible to the naked eye. If you breathe smoke you inhale PM spreading into your lungs and brain. Wood smoke is 12 times more carcinogenic than cigarette smoke. The elderly and frail are at high risk to any level of PM.

USFS Forest Supervisor Bill Nightingale will decide the future of the Hollow. Please ask him to cancel the project to protect public health.

Email: objections-eastern-region@fs.fed.us

Subject: Mark Twain Butler Hollow, Project 43537

Attn: Ranger Bill Nightingale

Mail: USDA Forest Service, Suite 700 PAL/LSC Staff, 626 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Dr. Luis Contreras

Eureka Springs, Ark.

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