Active logging continues at the Blue River Face Timber Sale in the Willamette National Forest. Massive Douglas Firs 400-500 yrs old and 4-6' across are hitting the ground in this frontal assault on public lands by Roseboro Lumber Co. and the US Forest Service. Activists were on the ground this morning and fellers were confronted, resulting in a temporary halt in logging in unit 5e where a large population of rare lichens has been documented by citizen activists. Cutting is also beginning in unit 5d, where 39 acres of classic old-growth forest is located, a beautiful area where huge Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees have stood for many hundreds of years along with rare lichens, Tree Voles and Spotted Owls. There is still a large portion uncut and resistance will continue.
It was discovered just this morning that many trees within units 5c and 5e were re-marked to "cut" trees from "leave" trees, and it is unclear at what point this happened. The timber sale was being promoted by USFS as an "understory thinning"-evidently they felt they could get away with converting the sale to an old-growth slaughter without this being noticed. That and the fact that USFS ignored a huge amount of survey data documenting the presence of sensitive species within the area, collected by citizen surveyors- makes this a prime example of the failure of USFS to protect biological diversity on public lands. If this concerns you please contact the following people and demand an immediate halt to the cutting at Blue River Face Timber sale:
District Ranger John Allen(Mckenzie District)