I haven’t got anything against the local clear-cuts.
I figure that, once the loggers have worked their way out of the area, they’ll have to leave and won’t be able to work here for 30 years. In the meantime, we can get the forests onto the same careful choosing method the Makah are using and use them to support a much more widespread tourism industry.
There won’t be any kids growing up to be loggers or truck-drivers in the meantime, because there will be nothing to cut or haul.
The Makah will beat us out on tourism because they are logging by thinning, but even white people can learn and turn their act around.
Not having a grocery store is a good thing. We will be forced to buy local eggs and honey and milk. We’ll make soy sauce from nettles (better than the bought stuff!). We can can or buy canned goods from all the local housewives, who can stuff you’d be proud to buy in a European farmer’s market. Get some of those agro-farms in contact with traveling butchers. We can make our own cheese.
You can do that now. Hit the Janda place in Beaver — 360 327 3824 — buy a gallon of Julie’s really fresh goat milk. Enjoy some of it until it begins to sour. Let it sour and separate. Strain through cheesecloth and press a bit. Stir up with salt, pepper and some herbs.
Fruity, rich, savory — a little bit stirred into hot noodles with a touch of olive oil is a gourmet treat. Add a homegrown salad from the Forks Farmer’s Mart, some homemade bread and a bottle of Clallam Bay ale.
WHAT? Nobody’s bought the old cannery to turn into a brewery yet?