To others, it was an unnecessary encroachment that marred a pathway through virgin forest.
The result, all agree, is ugly. A trail that once traveled through the never-before-logged forest is now home to stumps from an effort designed to stop flames from spreading.
The question is whether cutting trees and snags along two miles of the Emerald Forest Trail system, to protect the Breitenbush area from wildfire, was necessary.
Read more at the Statesman Journal.