I wish to thank Times staff writer Robert A. Jones for his article (Feb. 24), "Condor Threat Feared If Ski Resort Is Built On Sierra Site." You have alerted many people to the fact that despite rules and laws, even government agencies do at times ignore the laws, in this case the U.S. Sequoia National Forest.
There are many other issues that are also being covered up, or not addressed as important, by the U.S. Forest Service. Yes, the condor gets everyone's attention, and it is a vitally important issue, but there are other issues also at stake. One example is the water supply to make artificial snow. Is the area served by the Kern Watershed District aware that its water supply may be tapped?
Another example is the condition of the roads leading to the proposed ski resort once the traveler leaves a main highway. Not only do these roads go through the habitats of other endangered species besides the condor and plants, these are long, narrow, winding roads that any Los Angeles driver would find totally unacceptable. On top of that, add the proposed traffic to the proposed ski area, and the roads would deteriorate quickly.
Also think what will happen to the land value of farms along the roads leading to the proposed ski area? JEAN VAFEADES