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Ponderosa Pete visits the Hipo Timber Sale

Legendary trail hiker and forest watchdog, Ponderosa Pete, visits Hipo to see the potential impacts this timber sale will have on the White River Watershed.
Ponderosa Pete swings on a branch posing in front of a Douglas Fir in Hipo 7
Ponderosa Pete swings on a branch posing in front of a Douglas Fir in Hipo 7
Hipo 7 douglas firs -- Ponderosa Pete with hiking stick
Hipo 7 douglas firs -- Ponderosa Pete with hiking stick
Ponderosa Pete tries to Survey & Manage
Ponderosa Pete tries to Survey & Manage
A douglas fir portrait...
A douglas fir portrait...
Cattle skull
Cattle skull
Ponderosa Pete & a couple douglas fir trees in unit 7
Ponderosa Pete & a couple douglas fir trees in unit 7
Boundary of Hipo 7 -- the sun glear in the background is U.S Hwy 26
Boundary of Hipo 7 -- the sun glear in the background is U.S Hwy 26
Algae in Clear Creek
Algae in Clear Creek
Barlow District - Ponderosa Pete spent most of his day in Hipo Unit 7 reminiscing his puppy years when he rounded-up cattle in the forests of Eastern Oregon. Unit 7, an old fenced-off cattle-grazing area, contains ancient douglas firs 3 to about 4 feet in diameter. Unlike Hipo Unit 4 where the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) selected only western hemlocks to be cut; in Hipo Unit 7, USFS left all the western hemlocks marked as leave trees. This leaves only these massive douglas firs to be cut.

Noises of vehicles drive by on U.S. 26 as Ponderosa Pete measures the buffer distance from the highway to the timber sale boundary. "I got a distance that ranges 50 to 100 human feet from the boundary to the highway," says Pete. "With a slope facing the highway and a 150-foot douglas firs that will potentially be cut, I am concerned about driver's safety on U.S. 26."

Another oddity of Unit 7 is that the leaves trees are marked half the circumference in blue. Leaves trees are usually marked in orange. Ponderosa Pete has an assumption USFS used this color to make the unit not look like a timber sale for motorist driving by it on U.S. 26.

Clear Creek also rests near the unit with a 100-foot buffer. Ponderosa Peter visits the creek thirsty for water only to find the stream impaired with algae and high concentrations of sediment.

"This is a clear sign we need to restore the streams in Mt. Hood National Forest," says Ponderosa Pete. "I encourage everyone to write a letter to USFS and BLM to tell them not to modify the Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) of the Northwest Forest Plan."

Comments on the ACS are due July 10, 2003. You can e-mail USFS and BLM at " acs_comments@fs.fed.us"

To see the past Indymedia story on Hipo Unit 4, visit the following hyperlink below the article.

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Ponderosa Pete closeup 07.Jul.2003 20:13

Ponderosa Pete closeup

Ponderosa Pete closeup

Thanks Ponderosa Pete! 07.Jul.2003 21:50

bosque

The Hipo timber sale could be logged any day! Thanks for posting these photos of ancient forests on the chopping block. In addition to the Hipo timber sale the Forest Service plans to sell for logging the HiSouth, HiNorth, HiLynx, Juncrock and Bearknoll timber sales (all adjacent to each other!).

Contact the Cascadia Forest Alliance at 503-241-4879, or Bark at 503-331-0374, to get involved in protecting these areas and please also call Senator Ron Wyden's office at 503-326-7525 (speak with Mary Gatreaux) and ask him to demand that the Forest Service halt the above timber sales and stop cutting native forests in the Mt. Hood National Forest once and for all.

Pete is da bomb! 22.Jul.2003 12:00

J-dog

When are we going to see more of this feisty little guy?

check this link 24.Jul.2003 15:04

a friend of ponderosa pete

Ponderosa Pete makes a small appearance in the Borg photos, but more adventures will come soon.