The oldest forest to be clearcut has trees over 425 years old, more than 200 years older than our nation. This is a huge blow for the remaining old growth forests in the Coquille watershed. The sale is located west of Roseburg in the Coastal Mountain Range, near the Coos-Bay Wagon Road, between Reston and Sitkum.
The Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet populations that depend on these forests for nesting are continuing to decline. Many of the forests set aside for old-growth dependent animals ("Late Successional Reserves") were previously clearcut and have not regrown enough to help.
The BLM is also proposing to thin 2,000 acres of those old clearcuts to enhance wildlife habitat. This is good. But the BLM should separate out the good thinning from the bad clearcutting so that when we stop the bad clearcutting, the good thinning can still proceed. The BLM refuses. Maybe your voice will help change their mind. The BLM should not be clearcutting publicly owned old-growth forests, especially with such a short environmental analysis.
Of the 900 acres to be clearcut, 600 are mature and old-growth forests. Over half of these acres contain ancient forests over 200 years old. The oldest forest proposed for clearcutting is over 400 years old. The project also proposes to thin 2,000 acres of old clearcuts (aka managed plantations). We support this needed thinning. But it makes no sense to convert more old-growth forests to young managed plantations. We already have enough to meet our needs.
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