- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
Destruction of forest preserves is shocking
I am writing about the ongoing destruction of one of the Rockford area’s most precious assets: the Winnebago County forest preserves. I have been walking in the preserves for more than 20 years. I have enjoyed many peaceful and happy hours wandering through the lovely woods and prairies. I was shocked to discover last year that a large part of the Sugar River-Alder Preserve had been clear cut and logged. Much of the natural habitat has been destroyed. Recently, I was again shocked and saddened to find the same devastation has occurred in the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve. I understand that this is also occurring in the Roland Olson Forest Preserve near Roscoe. Several small signs reading “Habitat Restoration” are posted in these preserves. I submit that this is not restoration but devastation of habitat. I have attempted without success to obtain some reasonable explanation for this habitat destruction. The lumber harvested from the preserves is obviously being sold. Who is getting this money? I believe that we as taxpayers have a right to be consulted before undertaking such wholesale destruction of our precious assets.
Joseph G. Pittman, M.D.
From the Jan. 18-24, 2012, issue