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If You Don’t Want Robinson Forest Logged, Just Say So!

October 1, 2007

I hope that some Lexingtonians happened to catch an editorial in the Herald-Leader this past weekend concerning the recent debate over whether or not UK’s off-campus site, Robinson Forest, should be logged.  The editorial is an incredibly tortured appeal to UK President Lee Todd, Jr. and his associates.  The author argues that Todd should “reconsider” the decision to log the forest (for obvious reasons) but he also stipulates that Todd’s reconsideration should be done, if only to reassure the citizens of Kentucky that UK is being a good environmental steward.

I plan to write more about this article and the issue at a later time, but I’m interested to hear what people think.

  1. Jackie Goodin permalink

    I wholeheartedly agree that the Robinson Forest should NOT be logged! I have seen first-hand the devastation and horrific aftermath that “harvesting” trees leaves behind! A friend of mine who lives in the Buckhorn community of Perry County had an area which he did not own logged behind his house. The entire area looked like bombs had been dropped! Smaller trees were uprooted and strewn about, roads were cut and left to bleed the land, and it was just a hideously, grotesquely mis-shapen land that was left behind. Few large trees were actually taken, but the destruction left behind in order to “harvest” these trees was unforgivable! It was an eye-opening experience for me. I never knew that logging was almost more destructive than mining itself. At least in mining, the companies are now required to reclaim the land. With logging, things are just left in an unsightly mess – no fixing of access roads, no re-planting, just splintered trees, broken branches, muddy roads and run-off water. Anyone who took a walk through this Buckhorn logging area would agree – it just made you sick. Anyone contemplating having their property logged should look into the facts and realize how destructive it is. It’s not worth a couple of hundred dollars to have your property destroyed for decades to come.

  2. Dear Somerset Residents,
    Any undisturbed forest ecosystem should be preserved,no matter how large the acerage.These are living museum pieces that have existed for thousands of years.They are the only way we can see and understand what the forest was like,during pre-colonial times.The eastern US had the greatest forest on the planet,before the advancment of modern civilization.We can only amagine what the forest was like that the native americans lived and hunted in.The only way is to walk in these last fragments of oldgrowth stands that we thankfully have left.Save this rare stand,because when it is gone it is gone forever.

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