The hike was led by Tarp Tarmac, whose introduction to the days activities comprises the bulk of this audio file. The main theme of the Borg hike was timber theft, as the company who purchased the sale, Thomas Creek Lumber, have twice been convicted of timber theft, in 1975 and again in 1991.
Twenty three small units comprise this sale, two of which have been withdrawn, and will no longer be cut. Of the 60 acres up for cutting, 45 acres are scheduled to be clearcut.
Quoting the BARK literature for the area: 'The Oak Grove Watershed flows into the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River, which provides drinking water for 185,000 Oregonians. This watershed is a mix of clear-cuts, plantations, and remaining native mature and old growth forests. The Forest Service has stated the desired future condition for this watershed is an aggregate plantation of uniform-aged trees, or tree farm. The Forest Service is planning sale after sale, targeting remaining mature and old growth forest in the area to achieve this tree farm condition.
'Several timber sales have recently been planned or logged near the Borg timber sale without adaquate consideration of the cululative effects.'
To find out more about Bark, their monthly Field Trips, or for more information on these and other sales in the Mt. Hood National Forest: www.bark-out.org.
The link provided takes you to a page where this and other audio files are located, including a 13 minute file on the September Bark Field Trip to the Solo Sale; and a 30 minute file about the Solo Timber Sale Auction Protest at the U.S. Forest Service offices in Sandy Oregon on July 30, 2002.