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Friday July 23rd Comments Due on 5 Rogues Timber Sale outside Medford - Sample Letter

This is a reminder to submit comments on the Five Rogues timber sale by
this Friday, July 23rd!
Five Rogues is yet another sale proposed by the Glendale Resource Area
of the Medford BLM that targets mature and old-growth forests. We
continue to ask this agency to stop degrading habitat for old-growth
dependent species and instead focus on restoration work. We are asking
for your help!

Below you will find a sample letter.

Please email your comments to:  or110mb@or.blm.gov by this Friday, July
23rd.

Thank you!

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SAMPLE LETTER

June 19, 2004

Joan Resnick
Glendale Resource Area Manager
Medford BLM
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97544

Comments on the Five Rogues Timber Sale

As a concerned citizen, I am writing in regards to the Five Rogues
timber sale. I oppose logging of mature and old-growth forests, which
are suitable habitat for northern spotted owl, red tree voles and other
old-growth dependent species. The Five Rogues timber sale would log a
total of 1,273 acres in mostly mature and old-growth forests and calls
for a regeneration harvest of 346 acres. A regeneration harvest - which
is a nice way to say clearcut - would fragment the landscape below
suitable dispersal habitat for the northern spotted owl. Fragmentation
would also increase the patchwork landscape which connects the Western
Cascades Province to the Klamath Mountains Province and the I-5 Area of
Concern, as stated on page 58 of the Environmental Assessment.

Five Rogues proposes to harvest trees greater than 17" in diameter and
log in the Wolf Creek roadless area. I strongly oppose to logging in
roadless areas because so few areas remain. These roadless lands are
rapidly declining due to logging and road construction practices.
Roadless areas provide intact habitat for old-growth dependent species.
The timber sale also calls for the construction of almost one mile of
new temporary road. Temporary roads, whether being constructed within
the roadless areas or outside, compact the soil, cause erosion into
salmon watersheds and do not regenerate well even after planting.

There are some components of the Five Rogues timber sale that deserve
my support: thinning of second growth forests, fuels reduction,
thinning of small diameter trees and road decommissioning would help
the watershed and are viable alternatives to logging old-growth. These
proposed actions would allow forest stands to reach old-growth
characteristics making them more fire retardant and create sustainable
jobs that support local communities.

Take into consideration the public comments that are submitted about
Five Rogues timber sale. As a citizen of a democratic country, the BLM
must uphold the values and opinions of its people. Begin by stop
cutting old-growth!

Name
Address


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Lesley Adams, Outreach Coordinator
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
PO Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520
541.488.5789
www.kswild.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.kswild.org

chain saw madness 22.Jul.2004 09:14

mr old growth

thanks for the head up.i sent my comment this morning to spare the trees in the timber sale.

ANOTHER SAMPLE LETTER 22.Jul.2004 09:15

quill

June 22, 2004

Joan Resnick
Glendale Resource Area Manager
Medford BLM
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97544

Comments on the Five Rogues Timber Sale

As a concerned citizen, I am writing in regards to the Five Rogues timber sale. I oppose logging of mature and old-growth forests, which are suitable habitat for northern spotted owl, red tree voles and other old-growth dependent species. The Five Rogues timber sale would log a total of 1,273 acres in mostly mature and old-growth forests and calls for a regeneration harvest of 346 acres. A regeneration harvest is in reality only another word to describe what in essence is a clearcut. Clearcutting this area would fragment the landscape below suitable dispersal habitat for the northern spotted owl. Fragmentation would also increase the patchwork landscape which connects the Western Cascades Province to the Klamath Mountains Province and the I-5 Area of Concern, as stated on page 58 of the Environmental Assessment. Connectivity Corriders such as this one are essential for migration of plants as well as animal species; Roading and Logging along with compaction issues, also brings in invader plant species, as your agency is well aware.

Five Rogues proposes to harvest trees greater than 17" in diameter and to log in the Wolf Creek roadless area. I strongly oppose logging in roadless areas because so few of these areas remain. These roadless lands are declining rapidly due to logging and road construction practices. Roadless areas provide intact habitat for old-growth dependent species, which is why former President Clinton passed the "Roadless Rule" to protect them, a Rulemaking that got over 1.6 million letters in support from the public.

This timber sale also calls for the construction of almost one mile of new temporary road. Temporary roads, whether being constructed within the roadless areas or outside, compact the soil, cause erosion into salmon watersheds and do not regenerate well even after planting. Also, we have seen such a reduction in Forest Service funding that more often than not, roads aren't properly decommissioned and few are even closed, opening them to ORV use, which further impacts the ecosystem in so many ways that your agency is well-aware of.

There are some components of the Five Rogues timber sale that are worth supporting, such as: thinning of small diameter trees and road decommissioning, thinning of second growth forests, and fuels reduction. These activities would all help the watershed and are all viable alternatives to logging and building roads in old-growth ancient forests. These proposed actions would allow forest stands to reach old-growth characteristics making them more fire retardant and create sustainable jobs that support local communities.

Please take into consideration all of the public comments that are submitted about Five Rogues timber sale. Part of the mandate of the BLM is to uphold the values and opinions of the people who pay taxes to maintain these public lands. Please stop roading and logging in old-growth areas!

Name
Address

My e-mail 22.Jul.2004 12:23

'nuther

Comments on the Five Rogues Timber Sale:

As a native Oregonian, I am writing to express my concerns about the Five Rogues timber sale. I understand that the sale includes a significant quantity of old growth harvesting, clear cutting operations, and the construction of new roads. Our remaining old growth forests represent a tremendous value for the people of our state, and as a national resource. Not only do they offer exceptional habitat for wildlife, several species of which have been identified as being protected under federal law, but the old growth trees are also less susceptible to fire, and they represent a recreational resource that supplies continuous recreational dollars to our state which have been shown to far exceed the one-time revenues gained from a harvest sale.

Aside from the degradation of land habitat, the proposed roads and clear cutting inevitably lead to significantly increased erosion problems, which put a further strain on our water resources. I have personally witnessed landslides in that area that were an obvious result of timber extraction operations. Some of these landslides have even washed out and destroyed the very roads that were constructed to extract the timber. These slides were undoubtedly caused by water erosion on hillsides that were left bare following clear cutting operations. The runoff in these baron areas often carries significantly increased amounts of soils which flow into the adjacent rivers and streams, putting a further strain on fish populations, many of which are also legally protected. Additionally, the exposed soil is far more vulnerable to invasive species introduction and proliferation.

Taking all of this into account, the costs associated with continued old growth harvesting, clear cutting, and road building likely far exceed the temporary revenues provided as a result of these operations. This amounts to a subsidy to the timber industry at the expense of the public. There has been broad public support for reducing and even eliminating these types of operations on public lands as a result. It is your responsibility to make sure that the interests of the public are considered in the management of these lands.

Please make a commitment to protect our remaining publicly owned old growth forests and to create conditions where they can begin to recover instead of continuing to dwindle. The ultimate goal should be to end road building and commercial logging operations on publicly owned lands, but in the interim, I urge you to promote alternative methods of timber extraction such as selective logging of less mature trees. The Siskiyou area forests are incredibly diverse and productive, and are worthy of robust preservation efforts to insure that they remain that way for future generations. Destroying our remaining old growth forested areas and continuing the construction of roads and clear cutting operations in those places is a short sighted breach of the public trust and should be abandoned.

Sincerely,

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