The Oxygen Collective, from Ashland Oregon, are touring the West Coast from San Francisco to Seattle in a biodiesel bus, spreading awareness about devastating projects proposed by the Forest Service and the BLM. Specifically, the Bush Administration's proposal to "salvage" the 2002 Biscuit fire, seeking to log 20,000 acres of old growth reserves. This timber sale would be be the largest timber sale in modern history. Quoting from Rolf Skar, who also works with Siskiyou Project. Excerpted from an information page on the Oxygen Collective website:|
"How large is this extreme scheme? Hold onto your climbing harness. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) contains proposals for up to 1.02 BILLION board feet of logging across 60,000 acres. That's enough to create a chain of log trucks 2,700 miles long - stretching from Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains to the East Coast. The preferred alternative proposes 518 million board feet of logging including 12,000 acres of Inventoried Roadless Areas."
Fast Facts About the Wild Siskiyou
The Siskiyou Wild Rivers area:
(Taken from the Oxygen Collective's Fire and Forest pamphlet)
* boasts the highest concentration of Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US;
* includes the most botanically diverse National Forests in the US;
* contains the largest collection of unprotected roadless forests on the Pacific coast between Canada and Mexico;
* includes Oregon's most botanically diverse watershed;
* is the heart of the most diverse conifer forest in the world;
* is proposed for protection as a National Conservation Area.
The "Biscuit Fire Recovery Project" would:
* log 20,000 acres of old growth reserves;
* log 12,179 acres of inventoried roadless forest;
* create 50,200 acres of artificial, flammable tree plantations;
* lose $100 million of tax dollars;
* violate the Clean Water Act, and degrade salmon-rich rivers of the Siskiyou;
* hurt natural rejuventaion and spread invasive weeds and diseases;
* harm rare and threatened wildlife;
* increase fire risk for communities.
The Biscuit Fire
Some Website resources:
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
RainForest Action Network
National Forest Protection Alliance
Native Forest Council
Biscuit Fire Recovery 2003
The following are five audio files of speakers, poets and musicians who appeared at the event. There was much more than this, but this gives an idea of the talent, passion and dedication these folks bring to their audience.
The first is Laurel, who gives an overview of what the collective is doing and why. About 11 1/2 minutes.
Next is Ryan who sings a song about the Biscuit fire and the intentions of the Forest Service to "salvage" the timber. About 3 1/2 minutes.
Next is Becky who sings and plays guitar. About 3 1/2 minutes.
Last Days of Empire
Next is Nathan, a poet. About 2 1/2 minutes.
And last is Peg, singing a song, for about 4 1/2 minutes.