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7/16/04 Legacy Forests Campaign Update

IN THIS UPDATE:

* Upcoming Hikes/Campouts Schedule
* Comments Needed NOW for '5 Rogues' Old-Growth Sale, Medford BLM
* Join the CWP for our Every-other-Thursday Action Team Meetings
* Massive Ancient Forest Rally Planned for Sept. 24 in Portland
* Upcoming Hikes/Campouts Schedule

Below is an upcoming hikes and campout schedule for the next few months. The first four are part of ONRC's Wilderness Week events. Notice different times and places of hike departures. Like I always say, the best way to protect a forest is to see it first hand. Hope to see you out in the woods this summer!

Thursday, July 22: Hike to Fall Creek and Clark fire area. Spend a summer evening hiking through the old-growth forest affected by last year's Clark Fire to see how the forest naturally recovers. (Moderate, 5 mile hike.) Meet and carpool from Parking Lot N of Lane Community College, 6:00 pm. RSVP required. Please contact Chandra at 541-344-0675

Saturday, July 24: Hike to Brice Creek. Hike along this scenic, rocky creek amidst diverse forests, stunning waterfalls, and crystalline pools through a popular roadless area. (Moderate, 6 mile hike.) Meet and carpool from Parking Lot N of Lane Community College, 9:00 am. RSVP required. Please contact Chandra with ONRC at 541-344-0675

Sunday, July 25: Hike to the South Pyramid timber sale, Willamette NF. Hike through a large roadless area in the heart of the spectacular Old Cascades to a forest threatened by a timber sale. (Moderate, 6 mile hike.) Meet at the Growers Market (454 Willamette St.), 10:00 am. RSVP required. Please contact Chandra with ONRC at 541-344-0675

Sunday, August 8: Hike to the East Fork Coquille timber sale west of Roseburg. This is a majestic old-growth forest in the Oregon Coast Range that is slated for clearcutting by the Coos Bay BLM. The all-volunteer survey crew, NEST, is currently doing red tree vole surveys in this area. Hike leaves Growers Market at 9:00 am. Contact the CWP for more info, 434-1463;  cascwild@efn.org.

Sunday, August 29: Hike to the Straw Devil timber sale. We will hike through this old-growth sale just above McCredie hotsprings outside of Oakridge. The Cascadia Forest Defenders have maintained an occupation of the upper canopy here for close to 2 years. Hike leaves Growers Market at 10:00 am. Contact the CWP for more info, 434-1463;  cascwild@efn.org.

Sunday, September 12: Hike to the Baked Apple salvage sale. This massive project targets burned forest just above the emerald waters of the North Umpqua River. The 2002 Apple fire was declared arson recently. Sound like Warner Creek? Hike leaves Growers Market at 9:00 am. Contact the CWP for more info, 434-1463;  cascwild@efn.org.


* Comments Needed NOW for '5 Rogues' Old-Growth Sale, Medford BLM

The latest in a batch of old-growth logging projects from the Medford BLM, the Five Rogues timber sale would log over 400 acres of ancient forest in the Wolf Creek watershed, just east of the town of Wolf Creek. The timber sale is in the Glendale Resource Area where thousands of acres of old-growth forest are currently at risk of destruction. The forests are home to northern spotted owls, and the BLM admits that the project would adversely affect spotted owls and the rest of the old-growth ecosystem.

The remaining ancient forests in this area are important as they provide the highest quality water and are a recreational asset. The area is important habitat for rare old-growth dependant species. The BLM admits that, "...prior harvest of both public and private land has resulted in a highly fragmented landscape with isolated pieces of [mature and old-growth forest]....the proposed action (Five Rogues timber sale) would increase this situation through proposed regeneration harvest." - BLM Five Rogues Environmental Assessment, page 58.

Please send a comment letter by July 23 to the BLM and ask them to refrain from logging any more of the public's remaining ancient forest. There are activities outlined in the Five Rogues Environmental Assessment that deserve support, such as thinning second growth forests. Tell them to move forward with the fuels reduction and the thinning of small diameter trees as an alternative.

You can send them an email at:  or110mb@or.blm.gov Attention Martin Lew, Ecosystem Planner.
www.or.blm.gov/Medford/docs/five_rogues_ea.pdf

Or, you can write them at:
Medford BLM
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, Oregon 97544

For more information, contact the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, POB 102, Ashland, OR 97520; 541.488.5789.


* Join the CWP for our Every-other-Thursday Action Team Meetings

Every other Thursday the CWP hosts Action Team meetings from 5:30-7:00 pm, where we focus energy on planning upcoming events, rallies, coffee and donut call-in days, fax jams, letter to the editor campaigns, etc. This is a great way to get plugged directly into volunteering with the CWP. Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 22 at the CWP office, 454 Willamette St, room 207. Snacks and drinks provided.


* Massive Ancient Forest Rally Planned for Sept. 24 in Portland

Mark your calendars for Friday evening, September 24. The CWP and friends are planning a massive ancient forest rally/concert in Portland under the banner of Forest Nation! This will be an opportunity to show a flood of support for permanent ancient forest protection in the region and give the Bush administration a black eye before the election. We are diligently working to secure high-profile musicians for the event. If you have any leads, please be in touch. Contact the CWP if you are interested in volunteering with this event, 434.1463;  cascwild@efn.org.

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Cascadia Wildlands Project
POB 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463
 cascwild@efn.org
www.cascwild.org

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