Re "River in redwood country is worth more than nickel" (Viewpoints, Forum, Oct. 13): When I was 12 years old, I visited Redwood National Park. Just one look, and I could never understand why anyone could exploit this pristine, time-honored place.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and other groves were set aside by the Save the Redwoods League. Jerry Brown, in his first round as governor, declared the area a National Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area. A National Recreation Area was designated in the 1980s.
All that effort is now in jeopardy because a multinational conglomerate based in London has applied for the rights, the water and the permits so they can explore the strip mining of nickel. Runoff from these strip mines would flow upstream of Redwood National Park.
-- Karen Christine Irwin, El Cajon