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Mt. Hood Forest Updates from Bark

Bark Newsletter: 1. Bark-about to West Fivemile this Sunday, November 10.
2. November 7 Day of Action on the "Healthy Forest" logging plan.
3. Bush Mis-Administration attempts to gut Northwest Forest Plan - your comments needed by November 20!
4. Join Bark at our December 5 Road-Rip Extravaganza.
5. Barkfest on Saturday, February 1!

This Sunday, come see firsthand how the Forest Service plans to rehabilitate to mismanaged forests on the east-side of Mt. Hood, in the West Fivemile timber sale area. Will cutting down 400 year-old fire-scarred Doug Firs really help reduce fire risk and increase forest health? Are there options other than commercial logging projects for restoring our national forests after years of fire suppression?

1. Bark-about to West Fivemile this Sunday, November 10.

2. November 7 Day of Action on the "Healthy Forest" logging plan.

3. Bush Mis-Administration attempts to gut Northwest Forest Plan - your comments needed by November 20!

4. Join Bark at our December 5 Road-Rip Extravaganza.

5. Barkfest on Saturday, February 1!

6. Donate to Bark!

1. Bark-about to West Fivemile (or Polallie-Cooper) this Sunday, November 10.

West Fivemile timber sale is near the top of the list for Mt. Hood's upcoming timber sales. It is fairly high elevation eastside transition forest, containing a mix of old-growth and young dense stands. The fire lookout on Fivemile Butte is near the middle of the sale. It will likely be auctioned in the next few months, so now is may be your last chance to see it before logging starts as soon as next spring. While Bark would like to stop all commercial logging on Mt. Hood National Forest, sometimes we cannot. In those cases, we still act as witnesses to the Forest Service's destructive commercial logging program. Come be a witness with us.

A few facts about West Fivemile:

396 acres of thinning.

volume = 8,815 ccf (or approximately 5 million board feet) of timber.

elevation ranges from approximately 3600 feet to 4600 feet.

Environmental Assessment (EA) completed in October 1996, under the name Fivemile.

a second timber sale: East Fivemile, emanates from the same EA - Bark held a campout in East Fivemile in July, 2001

Bark appealed the Fivemile EA in June, 1997.

A few issues Bark has with West Fivemile:

Commercial timber sales that include old-growth logging are not an appropriate way to combat wildfire risk.

Riparian reserve logging (logging along streams) violates the Northwest Forest Plan.

Violation of Mt Hood Management Plan Visual Quality Objectives.

So-called "incidental takes" of 3 spotted owl activity centers.

Excessive logging in a Special Emphasis Watershed.

And more ...

If there is snow this week there is a good chance that we will not be able to make it West Fivemile for a day trip. As a back-up plan we will go to the nearby Polallie-Cooper timber sale, which is the subject of litigation by Bark based on there being extensive logging plans in the same area as the expansion of the Cooper Spur ski area.

The hike will be about 6 miles, some off-trail, some on roads, and some on trails. Please dress appropriately! It will likely be cold, wet and slippery. Wear sturdy boots and rain/snow gear. Bring food, water, a headlamp or flashlight and a willingness to get involved.

We will meet at 9:10 at the Daily Grind, 4026 SE Hawthorne, and carpool out to the site, leaving promptly at 9:30.

2. November 7 Day of Action on the "Healthy Forest" logging plan.

Contact the key negotiators listed below (Reps. Miller, Boehlert, Udall, and DeFazio) and let them know you are opposed to any weakening of environmental laws or new incentives such as goods for services stewardship contracting that tie fuel reduction to logging old-growth and mature trees.

Phone Fax Staff
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert 202/225-8772 226-0113 David Goldston
Rep. George Miller 202/225-2095 225-5609 Amelia Jenkins
Rep. Peter DeFazio 202/225-6416 225-0032 David Dreher
Rep. Mark Udall 202/225-2161 226-7840 Stan Sloss

or go to  http://www.congress.org to email the Representatives.

Respectfully urge them to oppose H.R. 5319 and specifically to:

1. Oppose any expedited procedures for hazardous fuels projects. The Forest Service is already abusing this program to justify old growth logging and entry into roadless areas (please send examples!). Additional discretion for the agency is likely to cause additional harm to the forests. And finally, there is no justification for expedited procedures because there is no evidence that conservationists have been stopping legitimate fuel reduction projects.

2. Oppose goods for services stewardship contracts which create an incentive to log old growth and other commercially valuable trees.

3. Oppose any limits on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Without alternatives, NEPA is essentially gutted. In this case, it would allow the Forest Service to offer just one brand of fuel reduction projects (industrial logging grade) with little or no analysis about the potential environmental harm.

Andrew George
National Forest Protection Alliance
Campaign Coordinator

3. Bush Mis-Administration attempts to gut Northwest Forest Plan - your comments needed by November 20!

Comments Due November 20th: Do you think we should get rid of requirements to protect rare and sensitive species while logging our public forests?

The Bush Administration is currently proposing to dispense of requirements to survey for and protect rare and sensitive "Survey and Manage" species before logging. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are accepting "scoping" comments to help define "issues and alternatives" for their proposal.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Send in your comments today!

Tell the Forest Service and BLM to consider a citizen's alternative that would:

1) Permanently protect all remaining mature and old growth forests on public lands under the Northwest Forest Plan

2) Focus on ecologically-based scientific restoration including road removal and restoration of young managed plantations.

Urge them to fully consider the environmental costs of removing the survey and manage protections and the benefits of a restoration alternative that would protect our native forests, communities, and economies without the devastating effects of commercial logging.

The Bush Administration's proposal to eliminate wildlife protections and increase native forest logging is unacceptable:

1. Mark Rey, Bush's Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment who helped craft the proposal, is a former logging industry lobbyist.
2. It is the result of a closed-door deal between the Bush administration and logging corporations involving a meritless lawsuit challenging certain wildlife protections required by the Northwest Forest Plan.
3. "Survey and manage" procedures are only needed because the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management continue to log the last of our native forests.
4. The Northwest Forest Plan wildlife survey program has already been dramatically by the Forest Service and BLM.

5. The wildlife surveys prevent the need to list species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If these safety nets are removed, many of species may require ESA protection.

Send your comments to: Comments SEIS for Survey and Manage, P.O. Box 2965 Portland, Oregon 97208

4. Join Bark at our December 5 Road-Rip Extravaganza.

What: The Bark Road Rip extravaganza

When: 6:30 PM, December 5th

Where: The Southeast Multicultural Center, 4610 SE Belmont - 1st Floor, On the #15 bus line, Parking available in back.

Did you know... Roads on are a major reason salmon and steelhead are going extinct?

Did you know... Roads contribute to high costs for municipal water supplies and taxpayers must foot the bill?

Did you know... Roads are an integral cause of forest fires and logging of old growth?

Did you know... The Forest Service keeps building roads even though they can't afford to maintain the ones they have?

Bark is officially unfolding months of research on the fact that the Forest Service can't maintain its existing roads but keeps building new ones! Natalie Shapiro, Bark's Road Rip Coordinator, has spent months in the field surveying roads in the Clackamas Ranger District and has found that out of 200 roads surveyed supposed to be closed to the public, 25% are still being used by motor vehicles. This is violating the Forest Service's wildlife protection standards. Some of these areas have a road density almost twice the limit specified in the Mt Hood Forest Plan.

Many roads are producing landslides and severe erosion that are impacting watersheds and fisheries. And, roads are intimately related to forest fires. That's right, for the past ten years, a large majority of the forest fires on the Mt. Hood were caused by people and associated with roads (such as cigarettes and campfires).

The Mt Hood National Forest is unable to properly maintain its network of over 3400 miles of road (1500 in the Clackamas District alone) yet it keeps building new roads! Virtually every timber sale on the Forest involves some degree of road building with short temporary roads averaging about a mile for each sale. Many of these are in wet, unstable areas or are in spotted owl habitat. Even a short spur can be damaging to watersheds; temporary roads are not lined with gravel and are not built with engineer specifications.

Hear more sordid details on the roads situation on your national forests! The event is at 6:30 PM, December 5th at the Southeast Multicultural Center. Natalie will have some hands-on demonstrations and show some eye-catching slides. We will be having a bake and notebook sale and gladly will accept large or small monetary donations to help continue this important work.

For more info, contact Natalie at 503-331-0374 or at  natscat@quik.com

5. Barkfest on Saturday, February 1!

Save this date!

On Saturday February 1, 2003 from 7:30 pm to midnight, Bark will be hosting an outrageously fun event called Barkfest.

Barkfest will be held at Disjecta, 116 NE Russell St. and will include great live music, food, a tempting door prize and a chance to view our award winning cable access show "Bark for Mt. Hood" all for a mere $12 admission. You'll also have the chance to drink beer and bid on tantalizing silent auction items. So plan now to liven up your winter social calendar by joining the groundhogs and the groundtruthers at Barkfest '03.

6. Donate to Bark!

Remember that all of this effort monitoring timber sales takes time and money. You can make a big difference by donating to Bark. We can't do this without your support. Plus, now is the time to get those donations in so you can deduct them on your '02 taxes.

It is so easy for you to donate to Bark: just go to our website and pay by credit card!  http://www.Bark-out.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.bark-out.org
phone: phone: (503) 331-0374

Another Event 06.Nov.2002 17:33


Guard Timber Sale Auction
Friday, November 8, 2002
Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR

The Forest Service continues to sell and slaughter our native forests in the name of ecosystem health. The Guard sale, located south of Estacada, proposes to cut mature and old growth forest for wood product production. This sale is not necessary for the health of the forest as the Forest Service would like you to believe. It is about the continuation of the federal timber sale program that wastes approximately $1 billion of taxpayer money annually, pollutes our drinking water, and destroys the last native forests. Join activists in a visual presentation of evidence of public land mismanagement! Carpools leave from the Daily Grind (SE 40th and Hawthorne) at 6:30 am. For information, directions to the sale, or for a wake up call, call Cascadia Forest Alliance at (503) 241-4879. www.cascadiaforestalliance.org