Some residents of the western Kenai Peninsula are asking the state to end its practice of clearing trees and brush for hundreds of feet on each side of some highways. They say it might make the moose hazard worse, and it reduces landowner privacy, reports the Peninsula Clarion.
In the approved resolution [by the Peninsula Borough Assembly], Brent Johnson wrote that the clearing issue has caused consternation among some residents who think that clearing only 75 feet from the center line would be more effective and that if not re-cut on an annual or biannual basis, the re-growth that occurs makes for “prime” moose browse, which in turn draws more to the sides of the roads.
“A moose magnet, noise pollution, erosion, fire hazard, eyesore, wind, dust, drifting snow, lower property values and rubberneckers are just some of the negatives of this excessive tree cutting,” Ninilchik resident John McCombs said while testifying to the Assembly.
Read more at the Clarion: Assembly urges less highway clear-cutting .
Meanwhile, in Delta Junction, clear-cutting by Fort Greely along the Richardson Highway is thought by residents to have magnified a problem with snow drifting across the road along the Tanana River, reports the Delta Wind.