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Spirit Lake should be kept for research. The intrusion of the public would risk nearly 3 decades of research on how a mountain lake recovers from a catastrophic event. The knowledge gained can be applied to many places in the world. I know how it is to have a scientific study disrupted by people ignorant of what they are doing. As others have pointed out, the risk of introduction of invasive exotics is much to great. There are plenty of places to fish in the Mount St Helens Monument. The fishers don't have to have everything. And, no, scientific research and the public tromping through cannot co-exist, especially in this case.
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