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Solo Juncrock Barstool Bark-fest

This Bark newsletter was especially interesting, and this weekend's hikes and the campout in August should be lots of fun-- the piece about fire being a reason to log is important to read as well. And since this is happening at the same time as Bike Summer, maybe it could include riding around Mt. Hood forest finding places where the roads need to be rrripped...
GET INVOLVED!
Barkers,

The media, the corporate logging industry and the
Forest Service would
have us believe that all the current fires
indicate more logging is
needed. NOT TRUE! We have numerous scientific
resources here at the
Bark World Headquarters proving that the Forest
Service's logging and
road-building programs have actually caused the
current wildfire risk.
Below are a few excerpts. Plus, we have a few
fun events planned.

1. Fire!
2. Solo & Kilt auctions Tuesday, July 30.
3. Juncrock comments due Wednesday, July 31 &
hike to Juncrock Sunday,
July 24.
4. Bark-about & campout August 10 & 11 at the
tri-sale complex of
Bearknoll, Hilynx & Juncrock.
5. CFA Revue, Thursday August 15
6. The old-growth Barstool sale has been logged!
7. Mark your calendars now for the inaugural
Bark-fest, Saturday
September 21.


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1. Fire!

Don't believe the fire hype! Next time you see
an article in your local
paper about how there must be more logging to
combat the wildfires,
write a Letter to the Editor (the Oregonian:
 letters@news.oregonian.com
- 150 word limit). Many sources - including the
Forest Service's own
studies - indicate logging is a contributing
cause of wildfires,
including:

a. The Sierra Nevada Forest Plan, which states
that reduction
of forest canopy cover actually causes more
severe fires by increasing
the velocity of "mid-flame winds." The Sierra
Nevada Plan acknowledges
that "in areas where the larger trees have been
removed, stand replacing
fires are more likely to occur." "[L]arge trees"
are defined as those
over 12 inches in diameter. U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Forest
Service. January, 2001.

b. The Forest Service's National Fire Plan,
which warns that
the agency should "not rely on commercial logging
or new road building
to reduce fire risks" because "the removal of
large, merchantable trees
from forests does not reduce fire risk and may,
in fact, increase such
risk." The National Fire Plan also finds that
"logging and clear
cutting can cause rapid regeneration of shrubs
and trees that can create
highly flammable fuel conditions within a few
years of cutting."
Managing the Impact of Wildfires on Communities
and the Environment (The
National Fire Plan). U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Forest Service and
U.S. Department of Interior. September 8, 2000.

c. Recent statements made by the Forest
Service's chief fire
specialist, Denny Truesdale. In an August 10,
2000 interview on the
C-SPAN program "Washington Journal" he repeatedly
stated that the
material less than 3 or 4 inches in diameter -
not mature trees - need
to be reduced to prevent severe fires.

d. A November 2001 Audit by the Department of
Agriculture's
Office of Inspector General, in which it was
stated, "[w]e concluded
that commercial timber sales do not meet the
criteria for forest
restoration."

e. Comments of Dr. Radosevich on the Draft
Supplemental EIS for
the Quincy Group logging plan (12/2001):
Commercial thinning reduces
forest canopy cover, eliminating the moist, cool,
shaded conditions
associated with mature forests. The result is
hotter, drier conditions
on the forest floor - a situation ripe for severe
wild land fires.
Commercial logging leaves behind extremely
flammable slash debris
consisting of dry twigs and branches.

f. A Forest Service study that investigated the
impact of
various types of commercial logging projects on
fire behavior -
including thinning timber sales -concluded that
"[a]ll harvest
techniques were associated with increasing rate
of spread and flame
length.Logged areas generally showed a strong
association with increased
rate of spread and flame length, thereby
suggesting that tree harvesting
could affect the potential fire behavior within
landscapes." Huff et
al., Historical and Current Landscapes in Eastern
Oregon and Washington,
Part II: Linking Vegetation Characteristics to
Potential Fire Behavior
and Related Smoke Production, U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Northwest
Forest and Range Experiment Station, PNW-GTR-355
(1995).

g. Fire Weather, the Forest Service's seminal
scientific
handbook on logging and fire behavior, which
concludes that dense forest
canopy cover is critical to the reduction of
severe fires. The forest
canopy provides substantial amounts of
microclimate moisture by
transpiration through leaves and needles,
creating a wetter climate,
which mitigates fire behavior. In addition,
dense forest canopy reduces
wind movement and fire spread. Commercial
thinning operations increase
fire risk by removing mature trees and reducing
forest canopy cover,
specifically because this activity leaves less
friction area to prevent
heavy winds in the forest. Because the wind has
a drying effect on
woody material on the forest floor the
probability of fire is increased.
When fire does occur in such areas, it spreads
faster and hotter, pushed
on by winds. Forest scientists have concluded
that reduction in forest
canopy caused by logging activities increases the
amount of sunlight
that reaches the forest floor, which causes a
marked increase in growth
of flammable weeds, shrubs, and saplings. Mark
Schroeder & Charles
Buck, 1970, Fire Weather.A Guide for Application
of Meteorological
Information to Forest Fire Control Operations,
United States Department
of Commerce and United States Department of
Agriculture.

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2. Solo & Kilt auctions Tuesday, July 30.

The old-growth Solo sale in the Clackamas
District of Mt. Hood National
Forest
and the
Kilt sale which is part of the Polallie-Cooper
project in the Hood River
District of Mt. Hood National Forest
are both scheduled for auction on Tuesday, July
30 at 9:00 am.

Breakfast & Rally at the auctions

We will be attending the auction to send a Wake
Up Call straight to the
Forest Service and the potential purchasers of
the Solo sale, letting
them know that the public *will* take action to
protect public lands
across our region from the devastating effects of
commercial logging and
the Bush administration's pro-timber agenda.

Where:
*7 am Carpools Daily Grind
SE 41st & Hawthorne in Portland

*8:30 am Mt Hood Forest Supervisors Headquarters:
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR

*12 pm BMC West
20285 SW Cipole Road
Sherwood, OR 97140

What to Bring: Signs, costumes, alarm clocks,
noise makers, kazoos, yer
coffee cup.

**Call Ivan at (503) 241-4879 and leave your name
and number to RSVP for
breakfast at the Solo auction. Also let us know
if you can drive.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES:
Senator Ron Wyden
541-431-0229 Eugene
503-326-7525 Portland;
202-224-5244 Washington, D.C.

Representative David Wu
503-326-2901;
202-225-0855, D.C.

Representative Earl Blumenauer
503-231-2003 or 2300 Portland;
202-225-4811, D.C.

Representative Darlene Hooley
503-557-1324;
202-225-5177, D.C.

Urge them to take a stand against Solo, Kilt and
the commercial timber
sale program which leads to the mature and
old-growth logging seen in
sales like Solo and Kilt. There are currently
more than 150 timber
sales planned in the Pacific Northwest that
collectively target more
than 50,000 acres of mature and old-growth
forest.

BMC WEST PROTEST:
Following the Solo Timber Sale auction, we will
have a funeral march on
BMC West for the ancient forests that have
already fallen this summer
(including Mt. Hood's Barstool timber sale, see
below).

BMC West is a national lumber yard that sell
products from endangered
forests including products from companies log our
public lands.

Carpools for the Funeral March & Rally at BMC
will be leaving from the
Solo Timber Sale Auction.

For more details on Solo and Kilt (Kilt is part
of the Polallie-Cooper
project), see  http://www.Bark-out.org


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3. Juncrock comments due Wednesday, July 31 &
hike to Juncrock Sunday,
July 24.

a. Juncrock comments due Wednesday, July 31

Juncrock, in Barlow District, will now be done
under an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS), rather than an
Environmental Assessment (EA),
thanks to the comments many of you sent in. The
Forest Service is now
taking comments on the scope of the EIS. Now is
the time to raise
issues you want to see covered in the EIS.

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis
should be postmarked by
July 31, 2002.

Send written comments and suggestions concerning
the proposed action in
this area to Becky Nelson, NEPA Coordinator, 780
N.E. Court Street,
Dufur, Oregon (phone: 541-467-2291).

Here are the Juncrock stats:
- 550 acres.
- 0.5 miles road construction.
- A total of 4 roads would be reconstructed for
approximately 1 mile.
- Approximately 9 miles of wildlife closures
would occur on 18 roads.
- Two segments of roads would be decommissioned
for about 1 mile.
- Approximately 12 miles of roads not needed for
future management would
be closed.
- The planning area is immediately adjacent to
the White River late
successional reserve. The planning area is
identified as a Tier 2 Key
Watershed in the Northwest Forest Plan. The
Juncrock Timber Sale is
included in the C-1, Timber Emphasis allocation,
and the B-2, Scenic
Viewshed allocation, of the Mt Hood Forest Plan.

We need to raise issues that we want to see them
analyze in the EIS.
Key issues for comment letters:
- No logging of mature (80-180 year old) trees
and no logging of
old-growth (over 180 years) trees.
- No new road construction, or reconstruction of
roads that have
naturally recovered.
- The EIS should include a restoration
alternative, which focuses on
ecosystem health, not commercial timber harvest.


b. Hike to Juncrock on Sunday, July 24, 2002

The Juncrock Timber Sale is in the eastern
section of the Mt. Hood
National Forest, quite close to the Warm Springs
Indian Reservation. In
1999, the Barlow District of the Forest Service
began scoping for
possible "management" practices in the area.
Many of the timber sale
units contain older forests, and several of the
northern units contain
impressive old-growth stands. As recently as
February, the Forest
Service decided (due to intense public comments)
to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) instead of a
regularly scheduled
Environmental Assessment (EA) for Juncrock. The
Forest Service is now
accepting scoping comments on this plan to do an
EIS instead of an EA
(see above). This move postponed the sale while
simultaneously
increasing environmental considerations and
impacts of the area.
Several other sales - Bear Knoll and Hilynx - are
very close to the
Juncrock sale. Bear Knoll is waiting on
completion of its own EIS and
Hilynx is ready to be auctioned, probably this
summer. Come see
Juncrock for yourself before writing comments on
the Forest Service's
proposal to prepare an EIS on the sale.

Our Sunday hike will follow up the June 23rd hike
by continuing
measurements of riparian areas. We will also look
at survey and manage
areas where rare C-3 species are identified and
measure those buffer
distances.

Bring some lunch, PLENTY OF WATER and some fresh
fruit for the hike
leader. Our riparian areas are usually chalked
full of vine maples so
boots and pants are recommended. We'll meet at
the Daily Grind on SE
Hawthorne and 40th, at 9:15 sharp. For more
information, email
 rob@lclark.edu or call the Bark office at (503)
331-0374.


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4. Bark-about & campout August 10 & 11 at the
tri-sale complex of
Bearknoll, Hilynx & Juncrock.

Join Bark on August 10 & 11 for a campout at the
tri-sale complex of
Bearknoll, Hilynx & Juncrock. All three sales
are immediately adjacent
to each other, located on the east side of Mt.
Hood, between Highway 26
and the White River, just north of Warm Spring
Reservation, and both
east and west of forest road 43. Activities will
include:

- A Bearknoll hike. The Bearknoll EIS is due out
soon. Bearknoll is
821 acres total, including 217 acres of
regeneration cut, 564 commercial
thin acres, 21 overstory removal acres, 19
riparian reserve thinning
acres. It also includes 4.1 miles of temporary
roads. Issues of
concern include old-growth logging, effects to
spotted owls, road
building in a Tier 2 watershed, and logging
old-growth and mature trees
in the Highway 26 scenic viewshed.

- A Juncrock hike. The Juncrock EIS is due out
soon; see item #3,
above.

- A Hilynx hike. Hilynx is scheduled to be
auctioned this summer and is
a very under-explored and under-appreciated
timber sale. It contains
some classic old-growth stands.

- A Road-Rip presentation/hike. Road-rip is a
project to close,
obliterate, decommission and fix roads on Mt
Hood. Road-Rip volunteers
bicycle and drive roads, measuring distance,
looking for problem areas
and just having fun riding in the woods! The
information we find is used
to pressure the Forest Service to do what is
necessary to stop these
roads from negatively impacting the ecosystem.
As with our timber sale
monitoring program, we ask people to go
groundtruthing with us, write
letters and attend any rallies we plan in the
future. For more
information on Bark's Road-Rip project, contact
Natalie: (503) 289-6258
or email at  natscat@quik.com

- Swimming opportunities in local streams.

- Ground-truthing basics.

Carpools will leave the Daily Grind Saturday,
August 10 and Sunday,
August 11 at 9:30 am. Although on the east-side,
the sales are only a
1.5 hour drive from Portland, and they are easily
accessible off of
Highway 26. We will send out more details in
early August.


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5. Cascadia Forest Alliance Revue, Thursday,
August 15

August 15th: CFA Revue, 7:30 pm Liberty Hall
311 N Ivy (just West of N. Vancouver)

"Cooper Spur Wild & Free: Defending the NE Side
of Mt. Hood." Why are
local residents, recreationists, and
environmentalists (including Bark)
coming together to protect the NE Side of the
mountain from commercial
development? Find out what Meadows and the
Forest Service plan for Mt.
Hood's future, and what you can do about it.
Plus: Jobs with Justice
Update. Surprise Musical Guests


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6. The old-growth Barstool sale has been logged!

Some of you may remember field-trips to the
old-growth Barstool (or
Bars) timber sale. Last year's August Bark-about
went there. It is now
logged. Tree falling was done about a week ago,
and now crews are
working on yarding the fallen giants. Bars was a
beautiful old-growth
forest, consisting of trees up to 5 feet in
diameter. It was logged
because the Clackamas District is in the process
of "aggregating" the
Oak Grove watershed into one giant tree
plantation (they admit this; it
is their stated goal).

The only good news is that through our efforts
the sale had been reduced
in size, so there is still an island of
old-growth that is not cut down.

Please help us stop sales like this by calling
your Senator and
Representative and asking them to support an
immediate end to logging of
old-growth AND mature forests. Calls to Reps. Wu
and Hooley are
especially needed!

Representative David Wu
503-326-2901;
202-225-0855, D.C.

Representative Darlene Hooley
503-557-1324;
202-225-5177, D.C.

If you want to see Barstool for yourself, here
are driving directions
(just be very aware of logging trucks coming down
road 5810, especially
on weekday mornings):
Take Hwy 224 east, past Estacada. Shortly after
Ripplebrook guard
Station turn Left on road 57 towards Timothy
Lake. Continue for 7.6
miles, then turn Left of Road 58. After 1.2
miles turn Right on road
5810. Follow 5810 for 3.3 miles, to road
5810-140 on the right. Access
on 5810-140 may be blocked, so continue a little
less than a mile along
the road until you see a very fresh cut - unit 5
- on the Right, just
below the road. There will be a few trees
between the unit and the
road, but that's it. (Don't confuse the older
Bars ATV units, logged
1-2 years ago, with the Barstool units). Park at
a pullout and start
exploring. Another unit is located on the ridge
to the northeast of
unit 5. Call us for more details or a unit map
before you go, plus we
can tell what to look for as you explore, because
ground-truthing
doesn't end when a sale gets logged.


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7. Mark your calendars now for the inaugural
Bark-fest, Saturday
September 21.

Party alert! Save September 21 from 1 - 5 pm for
an awesome party being
planned on Bark's behalf. Be ready to eat yummy
food, listen and groove
to live music, drink tempting drinks, play games
including volleyball,
bocci ball, and horse shoes, and win a cool door
prize all for a small
suggested donation. You'll also be able to
purchase home made ice cream
cones, as well as scrumptious baked goods. As if
that wasn't enough,
you could leave being the winner of multiple
silent auction goodies.
Oh, and did we mention the Bark table that will
have all the latest
information about what's happening in Mt. Hood
National Forest. Please
note, all proceeds from the party will be donated
to Bark. Stay tuned
to future Bark alerts for more details. Call
Mary at the Bark line
503-331-0374 for info or to help.


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Bark out!

Greg Dyson
Executive Director, Bark
PO Box 12065
Portland, OR 97212
503-331-0374
www.Bark-out.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.Bark-out.org
phone: phone: 503-331-0374