COMMENTS NEEDED: HELP STOP OLD GROWTH LOGGING ON UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST
Lemolo Old Growth Sale (Umpqua Nat'l Forest) comments are due by November 26th. Write to Diamond Lake District Ranger John Ouimet at email@example.com (please include your street address on email comments), call in comments
at 541-498-2531 or fax comments to 541-498-2515. Postal mail address is 2020 Toketee Ranger Station Road, Idleyld Park, Oregon, 97447 (please put a return address outside postal mail envelopes).
TO: All Activists
FR: Francis Eatherington, Umpqua Watersheds and George Sexton, American Lands
DATE: November 14, 2001
COMMENTS NEEDED: HELP STOP OLD GROWTH AND ROADLESS AREA LOGGING ON THE UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST
The Umpqua National Forest is inviting you to comment (through November 26) on the dreaded Lemolo Timber Sale environmental impacts (EIS). The Forest Service first threatened to log these spectacular ancient
forests in the Diamond Lake Ranger District in 1999. Since then over 200 people have signed petitions and submitted scoping comments asking for these forests to be spared. In spite of the huge public opposition, the "preferred alternative" is to build 7.5 miles of new logging roads to
haul away 5,700 log truck loads (28.34 mmbf) of old-growth and native forests from 1,619 acres, including converting (clearcutting) 450 acres to new tree plantations for the timber industry to farm.
The Lemolo sale will degrade the forests in the roadless Oregon Cascade Recreation Area (OCRA) and the RARE II Thirsty Point roadless area, attached to Mt. Thielsen Wilderness. Logging is proposed inside the natural (not political) roadless boundaries of the OCRA(designated in
the 1984 wilderness bill as a roadless area, set aside for wildlife and recreation). The Lemolo timber sale will clearcut on Kelsay Point, a peninsula protruding into the inventoried roadless boundary. With Wilderness on three sides, the entire peninsula will be roaded and logged. The integrity of the designated Wilderness will be severely
compromised instead of preserved for the Wolverine and Lynx populations that live close by.
Near the OCRA are some of the best roadless areas over 1,000 acres left in the Umpqua -- now threatened with logging. One area above the Kelsay Valley Campground and the Wilderness Trailheads is a large 2,000-acre roadless area separated from the OCRA by only one summer-time road.
Lemolo Timber Sale will log immediately next to the campground, log about 25% of the roadless area, and riddle the mountainside with new permanent roads and clearcuts.
Other roadless areas threatened are Kelsay Valley where new roads and clearcutting will occur up to the edge of the beautiful Spring River
Special Area, and Bunker Hill where logging will occur within plain view of the Lemolo Lake Lodge. Even though hundreds of comments to the district asked them to protect the roadless areas from the Lemolo sale, the word "roadless" isn't even in the EIS. They just don't care.
The Diamond Lake Ranger District's old-growth forests and high cascade lakes attract the largest recreation use and the rarest wildlife and plants on the entire Umpqua National Forest. In spite of this, it is the sacrificial logging ground to get the cut out. Since 1995 the District has sold, or plans to sell, 9306 acres of wild, native, and
old-growth forests, converting many to perpetual tree farms to benefit only the timber industry. The 9,306 acres would produce 3,928 million board of timber that will fit on about 47,183 log trucks. If these log trucks were lined up on Interstate 5, they would stretch from Roseburg
to Seattle (357 miles if the trucks are 40 feet long). This is in addition to the unfathomable acres of clearcuts existing prior to 1995. The District plans to finish logging all their available old-growth within 50 years.
Please tell the Umpqua National Forest it's time to stop. The public will simply not allow this to continue on our forests. The Umpqua NF should choose Alternative 1, No Action, in the Lemolo Timber Sale EIS.
Write to Diamond Lake District Ranger John Ouimet at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your street address on email comments), call in comments at 541-498-2531 or fax comments to 541-498-2515. Postal mail address is
2020 Toketee Ranger Station Road, Idleyld Park, Oregon, 97447 (please put a return address outside postal mail envelopes).
For more information and pictures of the beautiful and threatened forests, see our web site at:
http://www.umpqua-watersheds.org/unf/lemolo.html. The Umpqua National Forest has the Lemolo Timber Sale EIS on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua/planning/ea_eis/lemolo_watershed_abstract.html
Contact Francis Eatherington at email@example.com or George Sexton at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions.
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