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Meteor Timber sale elicits protests

Christine Ambrose
California Organizer
American Lands Alliance
827 Broadway, #310
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-622-0010
fax: 510-622-0278
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Subject: Meteor Timber sale elicits protests
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 13:40:18 -0800
From: Christine Ambrose
< christine@americanlands.org>

Timber sale elicits protests

Critics say old-growth forest would be 'liquidated,' watershed harmed

Alex Breitler
Record Searchlight

November 26, 2003 -- 2:07 a.m.
SAWYERS BAR -- Yet another major timber sale in western Siskiyou County is
drawing protests from conservationists who have already stalled one other
project in the area.

The 744-acre Meteor sale would harvest trees -- including some old growth --
scattered over the wild and scenic Salmon River watershed within the 1.7
million-acre Klamath National Forest.

When combined with two other sales in the same watershed, the Forest Service
would be cutting along nearly every tributary to both forks of the river, which environmentalists call one of the wildest places in the continental United States.

The sales would "liquidate" much of the remaining low-elevation ancient
forest on the river, said Regina Chichizola of Somes Bar.

"We are pretty concerned about the Meteor sale," said Chichizola, who
represents the Ashland, Ore.-based Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center. "It is
logging old growth, and it is also logging spotted owl critical habitat."

A Forest Service environmental impact statement on the Meteor sale was
released for public comment earlier this month.

The report details some short-term problems that could result from the logging, including removal of a "very small amount" of large trees, noise, unpleasant odors and a small increase of sediment
running off into the river, which feeds the Klamath River where 34,000 salmon died last year.

"There would be negligible or no effects on fish habitat," the report says,
adding there would not be any jeopardy to owl populations.

Long-term benefits make the sale worthwhile, the Forest Service says.
Well-stocked, vigorous stands of trees would thrive, and fuel buildups would
decrease as well as the risk of fire.

Less than 1 percent of old growth trees would be removed, the report says.
But any such cutting is contentious.

"It's still a significant impact, even if it's just a portion" of the total,
said Kimberly Baker, forest and wildlife protection coordinator for the
Klamath Forest Alliance.

With that very philosophy, protesters last summer perched themselves atop
trees in protest of the 655-acre Glassups sale, the first of the trio of Salmon River sales.

Meanwhile, three environmental groups joined forces to file a lawsuit blocking the second sale. The Knob sale would log nearly 600 acres and, some say, would endanger owls and actually increase
fire danger by leaving slash on the forest floor. A hearing is planned in January.

But if logging doesn't take place, the Forest Service says, thick spindles
of trees would be forced to compete for limited nutrients, sunlight, air and soil.

That competition slows growth and makes timber more susceptible to insect
infestation and, ultimately, fire.

What's more, the Meteor sale would yield an estimated 6 million board feet
of timber -- enough to build nearly 600 homes.

It would also provide as many as 60 short-term jobs. Unemployment in the
remote Salmon River area is about 12 percent, with more than one out of four
residents living in poverty, the report says.

The Klamath forest has fallen short of its federal target for timber harvest in the past decade due to legal challenges and the importation of cheaper wood from Canada.

But that's no excuse to remove trees in such a sensitive area, opponents
say.

"You can see what past management has done to the landscape," said Baker.
"We don't want to see any further harm come to the Salmon River."

Reporter Alex Breitler can be reached at 225-8344 or at
 abreitler@redding.com.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003


Christine Ambrose
California Organizer
American Lands Alliance
827 Broadway, #310
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-622-0010
fax: 510-622-0278
Stupid fuking forest service 02.Dec.2003 17:33

Honkey cracker

The salmon river road is a hella winedy and in lots of places only one way. so on top of cutting the only remaining O.G in the area they are putting people at risk with their fukcing gigantic log trucks witch swallow up most of the road that they are on. A columbia helecoptor truck ran into a local persons car and totaled it during the glassups masssacre. Folks should really get down to the wild salmon river and have a look. it truly is a blessed place. Oh and fuck you freddy!!