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Massive Salvage Logging Planned for Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area.

The US Forest Service is proposing to log 90 million board feet of trees from sensitive, Biscuit Fire affected forests in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area.
90 million board feet of trees, on log trucks parked end-to-end would reach from the southern Oregon Siskiyou Mountains to Portland. TODAY (MONDAY APRIL 21ST) IS THE DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE PLAN.
Massive Salvage Logging Planned for Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area.
Massive Salvage Logging Planned for Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area.
The US Forest Service is proposing to log 90 million board feet of trees from sensitive, Biscuit Fire affected forests in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area.

90 million board feet of trees, on log trucks parked end-to-end would reach from the southern Oregon Siskiyou Mountains to Portland. In plans released March 18th 2003, the Forest Service also proposed an unspecified amount of logging, non-native tree planting and road building across tens of thousands of miles - all at a loss to tax-payers.


"Nothing about this plan makes sense" said Rolf Skar of the Siskiyou Project. "We didn't need to log Yellowstone after it burned. The Siskiyou Wild Rivers area depends on fire, and is rejuvenating naturally. Why should we trash it at tax-payer expense?"

"There is no scientific basis for this proposal" said Dominick DellaSalla, Ph.D., director of the World Wildlife Fund's Klamath-Siskiyou office in Ashland. "Quadrupling logging levels on the Siskiyou National Forest will doing nothing to help communities become firewise. Salvage logging is one of the most destructive types of logging activities - it removes both live and dead big trees, leaving behind flammable logging slash and delaying post-fire recovery. This is yet another move by the Bush administration to gut environmental protections for the globally-significant Siskiyou Wild Rivers area."

When renowned outdoor guide and author William Sullivan explored forests affected by the Biscuit Fire, he found a natural, diverse mosaic of burn patterns. "In the wilderness and surrounding old growth areas, the Biscuit fire burned nearly everything at ground level, but left most of the large trees green and healthy. Some areas in the biscuit fire totally remained unburned, especially along creeks and in valleys."

These observations are reinforced by modern mapping technology. "Recent analysis of the burn pattern has shown the Biscuit Fire to be consistent with historical fire behavior. The fire burned with a mixed severity, creating diversity and leaving thousands of acres healthier than pre-fire" said Erik Fernandez, cartographer with Oregon Natural Resources Council. According to the Forest Service, 61% of the nearly 500,000 acres within the Biscuit Fire perimeter were either unburned or experienced a low-intensity burn.

Conservationists have worked to permanently protect the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area since legendary conservationist Bob Marshall first championed a National Park for the area in the 1930s. The Siskiyou Wild Rivers area contains:

- the largest concentration of Wild & Scenic Rivers and candidate rivers in the nation
- the most botanically diverse National Forest in the nation (Siskiyou National Forest)
- largest complex of Wilderness and unprotected roadless areas on the Pacific coast
- Oregon's most botanically-rich watershed
- a refuge for the last, best wild salmon and trout on the West Coast

A coalition of conservation groups led by the Siskiyou Project, is advocating a Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area to protect the threatened area for future generations.

"Free flowing rivers, wild salmon, rare plants and globally outstanding biological diversity are the true wealth of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area, not a pile of burned logs for an over-supplied timber market" said Skar.


homepage: homepage: http://www.siskiyou.org/fire/asis.html

Area Was Firebombed by the Forest Service 21.Apr.2003 09:06

Smokey Sez: Clearcutting Sux

The biscuit fire was intentionally burned for months, in an area that is already a sixty-mile-long clearcut. Planes were used to drop burning oil on the fire to burn several small fires into one massive one. According to the forest service's own website, this area burns naturally every 15-30 years. Removal of the few large trees will further degrade this watershed, already a shadow of its former capacity.

sample letter 21.Apr.2003 10:26


Dear Forest Supervisor Conroy,

I am opposed to proposed activities in the Biscuit Fire area which will damage unprotected roadless forests that should be added to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area which will degrade the world-renowned botanical and biological diversity of the Siskiyou National Forest. Fire management dollars should be spent on protection of communities in the wildland-urban interface and not on the logging of backcountry wilderness. Please address these concerns in the Biscuit Fire EIS.

There should be no post-fire logging in inventoried or uninventoried roadless areas as mapped in the Oregon Wild Wilderness Proposal.
Fuel management zones should be developed in the wildlands-urban interface, not in roadless and other sensitive areas.
Do not log in Late-Successional, Riparian Reserves, Botanical Areas, or Scenic River Areas.
There should be no post-fire logging of mature or old-growth trees, trees on steep slopes, severely burned sites, or areas with rocky, erosive or fragile soils.
Allow native forests to heal naturally. Plant nursery seedlings only in burned plantations.
The closure/decommissioning of old mining tracks and spur roads in the fire area is important to protect botanical values and to prevent introduction of non- native plants and Port Orford cedar root disease. These roads include the Chetco Pass Road, McGrew Trail and all tracks in inventoried roadless areas.
Fire lines (including old roads and trails used as fire lines), Botanical Areas, and serpentine lands must be closed to motorized use.
Insects, fire and disease occur naturally and should not be used as an excuse to log green and/ or burned trees.
Scientific support must be provided for the efficacy of fuel management zones. If fuel management zones are implemented, only small trees and brush should be removed.
Please develop one or more alternatives, in addition to a No Action Alternative, that protects inventoried and univentoried roadless areas from logging, does not allow "salvage logging ," closes the Chetco Pass road, the McGrew Trail and all tracks in roadless areas and allows natural recovery for natural areas.
Please develop one or more alternatives that expands the Hoover Gulch Research Natural Area (RNA) to include the watersheds of Fall, Rancheria, Daily Creeks and the Babyfoot Lake/Fiddler Mountain area. Such an alternative should also designate the Baldface, Rough & Ready, Josephine, Silver, Indigo, Lawson Creek watersheds as Research Natural Areas.

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feature pic 21.Apr.2003 14:16

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Briggs Creek w/Illinois River 21.Apr.2003 20:38

lost hiker

Picture of Briggs Creek and Illinois river canyon, taken about two miles from the Briggs Creek trailhead. View is looking east, towards Selma.
Briggs Creek w/Illinois River
Briggs Creek w/Illinois River