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Logging in the Oak Grove has begun again.

The continuing war on the Oak Grove watershed in the Mt. Hood National Forest is being waged in the Batwings timber sale.
Here it is...the Healthy Forest Restoration Act in action.
Here it is...the Healthy Forest Restoration Act in action.
A view of a northwest section of the Batwings timber sale.
A view of a northwest section of the Batwings timber sale.
Trees fallen thus far. South central section of timber sale.
Trees fallen thus far. South central section of timber sale.
Forget your axe?!!
Forget your axe?!!
It looks like some folk left in a hurry!
It looks like some folk left in a hurry!
Road 210 punched in, and the machine used to do it.
Road 210 punched in, and the machine used to do it.
Another angle of the destruction caused by Rd. 210.
Another angle of the destruction caused by Rd. 210.
The road, and the inevitable slash pile as a result.
The road, and the inevitable slash pile as a result.
A friend praying for the murdered and threatened Earth.
A friend praying for the murdered and threatened Earth.
It seems the logging in this timber sale, just 15 minutes from the controversial Solo timber sale, began sometime early last week. Approximately a half mile of a temporary road(on the map it's road 5720210)has been punched in, and trees have been fallen at the junction of a reconstructed road and 210 in the south central part of the timber sale.

While walking around the area, we discovered chainsaws, axes, chaps, vests and sledgehammers. It seems as if folk were in a hurry to get out of there, and not anxious to come back. Come Monday(Aug. 2nd), no one showed up to continue work.

Batwings is one sale of a group of sales in the southern portion of the lower Oak Grove watershed. The Oak Grove fork of the Clackamas River is approximately 35 air miles from Estacada in Mt Hood NF. As shown from the 1996 Oak Grove Watershed Analysis, the "desired future condition" for the entire area stretching east from G Kelly Creek (from the top of the watershed to the south to the creek's confluence with Kink Creek)to Peavine Creek is an extensive "aggregated" uniform-aged tree plantation. In order to accomplish this complete liquidation of all mature forests in the southern portion of the lower Oak Grove watershed, a number of timber sales (Borg, Solo, Slinky, Batwings) have been initiated.

Due to the forest service not conducting Survey and Manage pre-disturbance surveys, Solo and Borg(along with four other timber sales in the Willamette NF) have been held up until a federal judge decides what the fate of these places will be August 16th of this year.

The Batwings timber sale consists of 109 acres of a naturally fire created stand of forest 50-150 years of age, generally speaking. There appears to be a great range of age of trees, diversity of tree species and vascular plants, and overwhelming evidence of black bear, woodpecker foraging, deer, elk and coyote scat, and bobcat scat. The purpose and need of this timber sale, according to the forest service, states, "It has a high level of root disease and mistletoe and does not contribute to an aggregated vegetative pattern." The most interesting part i found in looking through documents is the rule regulating forest openings to 60 acres on the west side(of the Cascades)and 40 acres on the east. The forest service says it has regional approval to bypass the rule. We're talking about a government approved 109 acre clearcut....WOW!!!!!! The timber industry really has learned from the past, and proven they really care. I mean, i thought logging was done differently now, it's sustainable and low impact and blah blah we plant differently and science is on our side blah blah. Yet, in 2004, the FS still plans, sells and oversees 109 acre clearcuts!! 109 acre clearcuts surrounding underground streams and seeps with the hills around as far as the eye can see clearcut and monocropped. This is a vital watershed not only to people in the Portland metro area, but these last stands of native forest are essential corridors for overall species richness of the affected areas. The integrity of these stands are important to the survival of dependent species and the seasonal use by other species.

Basically, the time for calling and complaining to Jim Roden (FS timber sale planner) about the Batwings timber sale is past (but if you're still interested in doing that, call him at 503 630-8722). The forest called Batwings may be gone soon, to be replaced by an 80's moonscape of slash piles, roads and stumps. What is needed now are witnesses, and defenders. Let's let them know we're sick of the lies and we're watching, waiting and resisting.

If you'd like to visit this timber sale and say hi to the folk out there working hard, take 224 east past Estacada. Follow this road until you get to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station. There is a washout on Rd. 57, so you have to follow a detour to Timothy Lake via Rd 4630 to the left (there will be signs). Stay on 4630 until you reach Rd 57 past the washout, near Harriet Lake. Make a right on 57 and go to Rd 5730 and make a left. Take a right at the junction of 5731 and 5730. Batwings is directly to the SW of that junction. For awesome maps, directions, hikes, info and the latest on the legal battles in Mt. Hood NF, contact BARK at 503 331-0374, or check the web at www.bark-out.org.

phone: phone: 503 230-8360

Sorry about that. 03.Aug.2004 20:48

echo

As you can see, some of the pictures ended up sideways. Sorry you have to twist your neck in weird positions to look at them.

No clearcuts 03.Aug.2004 21:48

gk

I appreciate this information. Will there be any organized hikes into these areas? I would like to help.

More Oak Grove Logging: Comment Today 04.Aug.2004 09:25

Bark

While the Comment period for the Batwings Sale is over, today is the last day to comment on the Cloak Timber Sale which will log across the Oak Grove and Upper Clackamas Watersheds. Some of the Cloak units are literally just down the road from both Solo and Batwings. Comment automatically at  http://www.citizenspeak.org/campaign/4055.php

pressure 04.Aug.2004 10:02

elkman

it's a shame their tools of destruction did not disappear... ;)

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helping hand

So you don't have to twist your neck in weird positions to look at them.
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Batwings forest rape and destruction 17.Aug.2004 14:21

J leonardo

Having fought against all the Oak grove sales from their very early stages, it is sad to hear that the chainsaws are finally doing their thing.I know and Love that area with all my heart. In this summer of no rain to think that big ole mama dougs and western hemmies are being destroyed,only to fatten the wallets of greedy men, hurts tremendously.My heart bleeds for the families of critters displaced by the Batwings rape. To all of those who have witnessed the demise of this and many other areas from the hands of Jim Rice and JimRhoden, may we never forget the beauty that once was,but also never forget who perpetrated such heinous acts.They may have the so-called law on their side currently, but time will show that during this period of mans existence, they were undeniably the villians that added to the demise of the planets biosphere.

greedy bastards 25.Aug.2004 20:10

j.leonardo

the greedy bastards,they knew all along how the system worked, how it raped Mother Earth to sustain their perverse lifestyles.They didn't think enough of us would catch on, they always hoped that their dirty little secrets would stay hidden, buried in the confusion caused by the modern day misinformation media machine. But we started seeing things, we couldn't deny our outrage once we realized the reality of it all.The institutional coverups enraged us,the secret handshakes, the false promises of protection-it was all a sick game to the WASP industrialists in power.They stole the land initially,and now they were destroying it so no one else could remember or appreciate its original beauty and power. They manipulated MOTHER Earth, just like they manipulated markets, governments and societies.Their smiles hid a wicked agenda. Once you shot holes through their ideology, all bets were off.The smiles disappeared,the rules of law and order were forgotten-war had been declared to save their sacred way of unlife.The first and foremost unwritten rule was that no one was to question the system.But we did and as a result we became public enemy no.1. All we wanted was for our childrens children to have a chance at happiness and health-we didn't strive economically for millions of dollars or mansions,that meant nothing to us. We knew in our hearts that the most important things in life were the health and diversity of our forests and the purity of the air and water.