This is a short Public Service Announcement from the forest conservation group Bark. In this PSA, Sandi Scheinberg, executive director of Bark, requests public comments on the Solo and Borg timber sales, for which the USFS just this week released their Supplemental Environmental Asssessmentsfor five projects in the area These comments are due by March 18, 2004. |
These timber sales are particulary egregious, as they seek to eliminate some of the last old growth in the Oak Grove watershed. Two other sales in the area are Batwing and Slinky
Taken from the Solo page of Bark's website:
After a victory last fall in the courts that stopped logging of Solo, Lone, Borg, Straw Devil, Canyon East, and Clark, the Forest Service, on February 17, 2004, released Supplemental Environmental Assessments for all five of these projects, including Solo and Borg on Mt. Hood. While there is a comment period associated with each of these projects, it is clear that the decision-makers in the Clackamas District of the Mt. Hood and the Middle Fork District of the Willamette have already made up their minds that cutting old growth is more important that protecting species and working with the public.
Bush Administration Expedites Extinction for Northwest Ecosystems
Bush/Rey/Forest ServiceRemove Protections For Over 400 Species
We need to step up the pressure on the agencies! Previously, a judge concluded that the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in planning these projects. However, the Forest Servcie has not made any improvements with their new plans. In some cases, they've even gotten worse! Please send in your comments today.
Markets Info Freres Lumber bought the Solo Timber Sale on February 7th, 2003 for $347,495. Freres Lumber sells their products at BMC West. If this Sale goes through, it will clear-cut 167 acres of native forest in the Oak Grove Watershed. The Forest Service plans to turn the Oak Grove Watershed into one large tree farm. The Oak Grove Watershed drains into the Clackamas River, providing the drinking water for 185,000 Oregonians."
A 30 minute audio file of the protest that was organized at the Solo Timber Sale Auction in Sandy Oregon. Various speakers voice their opposition to this sale.
Solo Auction Protest
Also, an audio file from a Bark Field Trip to the Solo Timber Sale area. This 12 minute audio file by Charlie Ferranti gives a good synopsis of Bark's objections to the sale.
Solo Field Trip