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The Columbia River Gorge Is Still At Risk of Clear-Cutting! Come Take Action!

A public workshop that will address proposed changes to the management of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has been rescheduled for January 17 by the U.S. Forest Service. The Gorge's forests are still at risk of clearcut logging! Don't miss this opportunity to keep pressure on the Forest Service to stop their devastating proposal from moving forward. Forest Service Public Workshop Saturday, January 17, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Hood River Inn - Columbia Room 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River
Columbia River Gorge Forest Workshop Rescheduled for January 17
Take Action!

Attend the public workshop

Forest Service Public Workshop
Saturday, January 17, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Hood River Inn - Columbia Room
1108 East Marina Way, Hood River

Carpools will leave the ONRC North Portland office at 8:15 AM
5825 North Greeley Avenue, Portland OR 97217
DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 84 East to Hood River exit 65. Take a left at the off ramp and then turn right on the first road that you can turn on (which is at the Texaco/Chevron gas stations. You will then be in the Hood River Inn parking lot.

GET THE FACTS:

Understanding the specifics of the Forest Service's proposal will strengthen your comments to rebut their proposals at the workshop. The Forest Service's proposed changes to the Scenic Management Area (SMA) in the Gorge include:

* Removing the current ban on clear-cutting federal land;
* Allowing clearcuts larger than 15 acres. (Exemptions can be granted for even larger clearcut openings);
* Allowing "forest practices for the restoration of forest health" even on lands designated as "open space" - the most sensitive and protected areas of the Gorge; and
* Creating a commercial incentive to log by allowing the sale of forest products as a byproduct of these projects.

This public workshop is a chance to bring our message directly to the Forest Service. Logging on tens of thousands of acres in the Gorge is already possible under the National Scenic Area Act. Clearcutting has devastated these areas, such as the landscapes around Stevenson and Underwood Mountains. The Forest Service should focus solely on the protection and enhancement of forest habitat and scenic landscapes in the SMAs. Here are critical points to stress in your comments to the ForestService:

* Prohibit clearcutting or "created forest openings" inthe SMA;
* Prohibit all commercial forest practices on SMA federal land, especially in roadless areas;
* Expand buffers for perennial streams to 300-feet and intermittent streams to 150-feet; and
* Protect all stands of old-growth from disturbance. (Some old-growth stands still exist in the Gorge, but currently must be more than 10 acres in order to qualify for protection.)

Additional background information will be provided on the drive to Hood River.

For the full text of the Forest Service's proposed changes to the management of the Columbia River National Scenic Area, please visit their website at
 http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/