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: email@example.com by this Friday, July
June 19, 2004
Glendale Resource Area Manager
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
Lesley Adams, Outreach Coordinator
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
PO Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520