Posts tagged: changes to the homestead

NIMBY

By , November 17, 2017

Today, my comments on the proposed University of Alaska Timber Sale on our peninsula will get mailed.

I have written some difficult letters in my life, but this one may have been the hardest.

I had to ultimately answer this question: how does one who has chosen quality of life over quantity of goods and funds sway the opinions of those who choose the opposite? It seems the University’s Board of Regents has one primary responsibility, which is to make money for the University of Alaska. When you know the price of everything, what do you care for those who value other than material wealth?

sunlight through trees

Sunlight through our homestead trees (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Something New to Worry About

By , October 9, 2017

We find ourselves facing potentially lifestyle-changing events here in our off-the-grid neighborhood. About 400 acres of forested land on our peninsula, some of it directly adjoining our property, has been offered for logging.

A lot of detail and history goes into explaining what’s going on. I’ll summarize briefly, to the best of my understanding and information:

The University of Alaska (UA) and the Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) both own land in Alaska to fund their operations. They profit by selling to private citizens, or resource extraction (timber, mining, etc.). Both of these entities hold tracts on our peninsula.

sacred space

This place, which we consider a sacred space, is in one of the areas offered for timber cutting (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

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