Our state is something like 90% forest as to which a mere 15% is protected by State and National Parks. The rest is open to harvesting if you can get to it and that is the operative word...if. Because we have a lot of bogs, wetlands, swamp, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams...and DEP / EPA has deemed these areas untouchable unless they are frozen over as to which a company will leave no environmental impact...meaning you can't drive any equipment or operate any equipment in any type of waterway or wetland when it is in liquid form as the petroleum based product that lubricates the different parts of the equipment could leak into these waters and contaminate them killing off all wildlife and vegetation.
We have several logging companies in our state hauling logs to local sawmills in state, out of state, and to Canada on a daily basis. We have them driving through our own town as we have two sawmills nearby. A lot of the tourists don't like it, but a lot of us don't mind it so much because they are good paying jobs. It is the transplants who try to change things. We had a group of transplants who tried to stop all truck traffic from taking Route 302 through town.
There were many of us who shut them down cold and said think about what you are saying, look at all the shops, convenience stores, restaurants, larger businesses...they all get their deliveries by tractor trailer. Whether it be the drug store who is getting our meds, or the department store getting their product for sale, or the convenience store getting their products or their gasoline deliveries, or the restaurants getting deliveries from refrigerated trailers. UPS & FedEx can't deliver this stuff. Can you see them delivering 5 gallons of gasoline at time when these convenience stores normally get between 10,000 or 11,000 gallons at a time. You people have not thought this through. You need to get your heads out of the sand or go back to where you came from because we are moving forward, not back.
I know this way more than just about tornados and microbursts, but it has been building up in me for awhile.
In Honor of my nephew serving our country out of Baumholder Army Base in Germany.