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SAVE AN ANCIENT FOREST IN THE SISKIYOUS! - Comments needed!

SAVE AN ANCIENT FOREST IN THE SISKIYOUS!
Comments due on Kelsey Whisky timber sale by FRIDAY, July 12th!

SAVE AN ANCIENT FOREST IN THE SISKIYOUS! - Comments needed!
SAVE AN ANCIENT FOREST IN THE SISKIYOUS! - Comments needed!
Friends of the Siskiyous,

Do you want to pay for the logging of old-growth forests in a Siskiyou Wild Rivers roadless area? The Bureau of Land Management want you to do just that with their proposed "Kelsey Whisky" timber sale.

You have until this Friday, July 12th to comment on the Kelsey Whisky timber sale.
It's easy to make a difference - use the sample letter below to email, fax or mail you comments today.


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SAVE AN ANCIENT FOREST IN THE SISKIYOUS!
Comments due on Kelsey Whisky timber sale by FRIDAY, July 12th!


(photo: old-growth proposed for clear-cutting in the Kelsey Whisky timber sale)

Zane Grey is the largest roadless area in the nation on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. It is a beautiful, wild forest haven for rare and endangered species surrounded by a sea of clearcuts. The proposed "Kelsey Whisky" timber sale would log 1,324 acres of forest along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, punch roads into roadless areas, and regeneration log (aka clear-cut) 355 acres of mature and old-growth forest.

The BLM, of course, says it needs to log this forest to protect it from fire. Science shows that roadless, mature and old-growth forests are more fire-resistant than forests that have been logged, roaded and "managed." Do we need to log the last of our old-growth and roadless forests? Make your voice heard!

The public comments on the proposed sale are due on FRIDAY, July 12th. Please mail, fax or email your comments today!

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Ms. Boody,

These are my comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mining for the Kelsey-Whisky timber sale. I am outraged that the BLM is proposing to log in native and old-growth forests in the Zane Grey roadless area.

I believe that:

* the Zane Grey Roadless Area should be protected - no roadbuilding (temporary or permanent) and no logging!
* the Kelsey-Whisky sale would degrade 1,259 acres of Northern Spotted Owl habitat. The habitat of owls and other sensitive species should be protected, not logged!
* the East Fork Whisky Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) should include the full 2,844 acres
* the logging of old-growth and mature forests destroys habitat while increasing fire risk - no more native/old-growth logging!

Thank you for considering my comments. I believe that every effort must be made to protect the native forests, roadless areas and watersheds of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area.

Respectfully,
Name:
Address:

EMAIL:  or110mb@or.blm.gov

MAIL: (must be post-marked by July 12th)
Lynda Boody
Bureau of Land Management
Medford District Office
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504

FAX: 541-618-2400


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Also, please contact Congressman Peter DeFazio and tell him that you are opposed to old-growth and roadless area logging such as the Kelsey Whisky timber sale. Also urge him to:

* Protect the Zane Grey roadless area by preserving it as congressionally-designated Wilderness.
* Seek protection for the larger Siskiyou Wild Rivers area as a National Monument to permanently protect the wild rivers, fish and heritage of the area for Oregon's future.

Congressman Peter DeFazio
151 W. Seventh St., #400
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2649
1-800-944-9603
Email:  peter.defazio@mail.house.gov

Remember, comments must be received by FRIDAY, July 12th - write a letter and make a call today!


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Rolf A. Skar
Willamette Valley Outreach Coordinator
(503) 222-6101
 rolf@siskiyou.org

Siskiyou Regional Education Project
917 SW Oak Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97205
www.siskiyou.org and www.siskiyourivers.org
Protecting the globally significant Siskiyou Wild Rivers area for future generations of all species.