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Lessons learned?

August 20, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

The August-September issue of the Lake Superior magazine has some awesome seasonal pictures of the Lake Superior region and detailing the roads to view same.

Obviously the proposed construction of Marquette County Road 595 favorably impact the mining industry as well as the logging industry. County Road 595 would also attract tourists. Nice drive looping Marquette/Big Bay/County Road 595/Humboldt and back to Marquette. A tourist delight.

No road - no motorists - no tourist dollars. Are we anti-tourist too? Saving a few cattails could be quite expensive. We could probably limp along with one (or part of) less swamp here in the vast wilderness of the Upper Peninsula.

On the recent devastating Duck Lake fire a fire fighting official at that time was quoted "roads are hard to come by" apparently that seriously hampered the fire fighters. Lesson learned?

(On another topic), the proposed County Road 595 would be a road not a bombing. Motorists have been enjoying the beauty of Brockway Mountain in the Copper Country for 75 years or so. But it takes a road to get there.

On the McClellan Avenue extension, there was (apparently) no environmental dancing; just move in and they got the job done. Was there yet another lesson learned?

Ron Huotari

Iron Mountain



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