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Eucalyptus sheds? 

Editor:

Regarding the removal of eucalyptus trees along the future bike trail between Arcata and Eureka, I have an idea for an alternative (NCJ Daily, Aug. 2).

Along the railroad line through the Sierras there are structures called "snow sheds." These are essentially roofs — some quite lengthy — over sections of track that lie below avalanche-prone areas to prevent blockage of the track in the winter. I wonder if anyone has considered the possibility of putting a roof over that relatively short stretch of future bike trail that some are concerned about? Obviously there would be expense involved but cutting and disposing of hundreds of dead trees will also have a cost. Since that section of trail isn't projected for construction for a couple of years, that would allow time for fundraising and solicitation of donated materials and perhaps volunteer labor.

There may be good reasons why this would not be feasible, but it seems worth consideration. It seems draconian to me to cut down hundreds of trees that are a local landmark just because someone can cite an instance where a tree limb fell on a bicyclist somewhere in Alabama or wherever six years ago.

Robert C. Van Fleet, Burnt Ranch

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