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Take Action for Condrey's Forest

Condrey Mountain Roadless Area is part of the Siskiyou Crest in the Klamath-Siskiyou region, globally renowned for its exceptional biological diversity. Because it is mostly part of Oregon's Elliot Creek watershed in the Applegate drainage, but over the California border, Condrey is somewhat unknown and neglected.
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Take Action for Condrey's Forest
Take Action for Condrey's Forest
Take Action for Condrey's Forest
Take Action for Condrey's Forest
CONDREY MOUNTAIN ROADLESS AREA NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION!

On the north slopes of Black Mountain, in the heart of the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area, Fruit Growers Supply (FGS) of Hilt, California owns a 240-acre parcel of land. This remote spot represents some of the most beautiful and diverse old growth forests the Siskiyous have to offer. FGS has prepared and submitted a Timber Harvesting Plan to the California Department of Forestry and intends to helicopter log these pristine forests this summer.

In a Late Successional Reserve and proposed Wilderness, these forests awe everyone who makes the steep, off-trail scramble to see them. Besides high tree diversity, these steep slopes harbor some of the largest incense cedars in the world, some of which FGS has marked for cut. The Forest Service recognizes its excellent wildlife habitat qualities and unique tree species. Yet despite knowing for years its importance and threats, they have done little to prevent its destruction.

Condrey Mountain Roadless Area, California

Condrey Mountain Roadless Area is part of the Siskiyou Crest in the Klamath-Siskiyou region, globally renowned for its exceptional biological diversity. Because it is mostly part of Oregon's Elliot Creek watershed in the Applegate drainage, but over the California border, Condrey is somewhat unknown and neglected.

Condrey is 12,439 acres of Rogue River and Klamath National Forest lands, according to RARE II, but GIS analysis indicates it is as large as 20,000 acres. It is adjacent to the Kangaroo Roadless Area, four miles from the Red Buttes Wilderness and is part of current California Wilderness proposals.

Twelve miles of the Pacific Crest Trail passes through Condrey Mountain Roadless Area, from Copper Butte in the west to Big Rock in the east. Along the way is Black Mountain with its true fir forests containing Pacific silver fir, rare and reaching its southern range limit here in California. Three designated botanical areas include White and Black Mountains, Scraggy Mountain and Condrey Mountain and Alex Hole, a dramatic cirque basin with quaking aspen and extensive wetland meadows.

The steep slopes of Condrey Mountain Roadless Area range in elevation from 2,200 to 7,119 feet and feature true fir and mixed conifer forests, talus, Sitka alder glades, and wet meadows. It is the largest intact area of old-growth forest in the 25,000 acre Elliott Creek watershed, providing habitat for endangered Northern spotted owls, Siskiyou Mountain salamander, and far ranging forest carnivores such as Pacific fisher, marten, and wolverine.

FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY CO.

Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS) epitomizes the lack of concern for healthy forests among industrial timberland owners. The bulk of their land holdings are about 300,000 acres in Northern California, but have holdings in southern Oregon as well. Northern California lands have been intensively logged for almost 100 years, and devastation is not strong enough of a word to describe what they have recently done to their lands in the Quartz fire area through complete salvage logging with numerous skid tracks on fragile soils and in stream beds. They have been trying to sell their California lands in order to buy more land in Oregon and Washington, where regulations on private land logging are not nearly as strict.

TAKE ACTION FOR CONDREY'S FORESTS!

For more information, contact:
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
P.O. Box 102, Ashland, OR 97520
www.kswild.org, 541-488-5789

Please write and urge the Forest Service to make real efforts to acquire this land before FGS fragments the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area!

Debra Okholm, Purchase Program
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region
333 SW First Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204
P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623

Tom Reilly, Acting Forest Supervisor
Rogue River National Forest
333 W. 8th St. / P.O. Box 520
Medford, Oregon 97501-0209

Please write Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Wyden about stepping up to ensure the acquisition of this forest! A sample letter follows their addresses.

Barbara Boxer (D - CA)
112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510

Dianne Feinstein (D - CA)
331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510

Ron Wyden (D - OR)
516 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510

Dear Senator _____________________,

I am writing to express my concern over the proposed logging of 240 acres of private land in the Inventoried Condrey Mountain Roadless Area, a proposed Wilderness area for California. Fruit Growers Supply, a subsidiary of Sunkist Corporation, has already marked the unit for intensive logging and has an authorized Timber Harvest Plan from the California Department of Forestry. While the company is willing to sell the land, there has been very little attempt to acquire this land into the public domain.

This parcel has some of the largest incense cedars on the west coast and its proximity to the Pacific Crest Trail should make it a priority in any acquisition scheme for private land in the Northwest. The area at threat is in the heart of a proposed Wilderness Area, a Late Successional Reserve under the Northwest Forest Plan, and possibly the most important wildlife corridor in the Northwest.

The Siskiyou Crest Wildlife Corridor has been identified by Forest Service biologists a disproportionately important node in the maintenance of connectivity for the forest dependant species in the Pacific Northwest. The only east west mountain range in the northwest, the Siskiyou Crest helps connect forested habitat the Cascade Mountains to the Coastal Mountains.

I urge you to take all measures to protect this important and wild place. Please contact a private party, such as the Trust for Public Lands and urge them to make this area a funding priority. Land and Water Conservation funding should ultimately be utilized to acquire this parcel into the public domain.

Thank you for your attention to this issue. I am looking for your leadership on this issue.

Respectfully,

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