Madrone will help balance competing interests

I’ve worked as a forester in Humboldt County for 40 years and been involved in and concerned about the Board of Supervisors policies as they relate to forestry. That’s why I’m supporting Steve Madrone. Steve has a substantial professional background in natural resource and forestry issues, both through his time working as a tree planter and precommercial thinning operator and later while working at RCAA on the Hammond Trail.

I know Steve will listen to and balance the competing interests of people and real estate developers who want to maximize residential development with those people and local landowners who want to maintain forest productivity.

Now that the general plan has made it easier to develop next to streams we need someone on the board of supervisors who can articulate why it’s better not to build next to streams and thus help protect downstream water quality, and fisheries.

I’m confident that Steve will want to promote a healthy and sustainable timber economy while protecting our most valuable and vulnerable landscapes (for example the McKinleyville Community Forest). I hope you’ll join me and vote for Steve Madrone.

Greg Blomstrom, Fieldbrook