I was glad to see that the disastrous clearing of trees along Weyerhaeuser Way was the lead article in the March 2 Mirror, but it doesn’t sound like enough is being done to address what Debbie Connell rightly referred to as “environmental rape.” Rainier Wood Recyclers should not have gotten off with agreeing to “undertake clearing of future phases in a modified manner.” They should have been fined and lost their contract.
I live and work in the area and drive this stretch of road five to six times a week. I’m sick to my stomach every time I see the shattered trunks and loss of beautiful undergrowth. I agree with Connell’s doubts about the “homeless issue,” and regardless of the reason for the clearing, it was done ineptly and will leave lasting scars. Federal Way city officials are responsible for safeguarding this beautiful area for future generations, and this tragedy leaves me with doubts about their commitment and ability to do so.
Sandra Boedecker, Auburn