To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank The Laconia Daily Sun for publishing the informative article on why the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests conducted the timber harvest at Weeks Woods.
The society had contacted me earlier this year to let us know of those plans and we were pleased to hear that such a plan was in place. I also appreciate that the society is communicating to everyone who has been concerned about the changes occurring there and will be hosting a tour later next month to show everyone the good work they have done.
Those woods are very important, sacred even, to me and my family. The land was donated to the Forest Society in honor of my late husband, Bob, by his parents, John and Esther Weeks. The main reason that they made that gift in Bob's name was because of the countless hours that he spent in those woods.
Over 50 years ago, timber from those woods provided lumber for our family home on Sleeper Hill. The woods provided a playground for my children and their cousins. Bob was happiest when he was working in the woods, cutting trees, and enjoying the tranquility of the forest. He understood what it took to keep the land in good shape for future generations.
It is entirely appropriate that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is now the steward for that land. We trust them. They hold the same values and practice the same sound forestry that my husband did. My family and I are grateful for their expertise and excellent management of Weeks Woods.
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