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Bark Alert: Bear Wyden Batwings

1. Hike to Bear Timber Sale, This Sunday, Aug. 8
2. Wyden Biscuit Toss & Accountability Day (yesterday, friday)
3. Notes from the Field: Batwings Down
1. Hike to the Beautiful Bear Timber Sale!

Sunday, August 8 at 9:15 am, Daily Grind Parking Lot (SE Hawthorne & 40th). Carpools will LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 9:30 AM. Please arrive by 9:15 so we can check you in, arrange rides and give a brief overview of the day's plans.

Alternate, Forest Meeting Spot: 11:15 am at Intersection of highway 46 and road 4670. (From Estacada: Take 224 west until intersection with highway 46. Take a right (head south) on 46. About (very approx) 15 miles past intersection with highway 63 (where Collawash River flows into Clackamas), look for 4670 on right hand side. It's the second major road on the right after the 63 intersection. You'll know you've missed it you pass 4680 on your left.

Join us for another lovely summer hike through beautiful old growth in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We will be visiting the Bear sale in the Clackamas Ranger District. Unfortunately, this sale could be logged at any moment, so now is the time to view this special place, which is renown for its northern spotted owl habitat. Join us for an adventure in the woods while learning about the federal timber sale program that wants to "regenerate" (clearcuts) legacy old growth stands like these. The Forest Service wants "remove most of the trees and preparing the site for [plantation] planning," and you will have an opportunity to give your feedback to them on these plans as well. If you can drive, great, if not, we'll make sure you have a ride. Bring water, lunch, hiking boots, sunhat, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the weather. Be prepared for a day of off trail-hiking on moderately steep slopes. Because this area is farther away from Portland than some sales, be prepared for a full day - we may not return until after 7pm! For more information contact us at (503) 331-0374, www.bark-out.org, or  info@bark-out.org.Read more about the Bear timber sale:  http://www.bark-out.org/tsdb/detail.php?sale=bearcub

2. Wyden Biscuit Throw & Accountability DAy

Friday, noon, 700 NE Multnomah Street

Join Back-2-The Wall and others in letting Senator Wyden know what you think of his anti-environmental actions this year!

What's Happening:

A life size caricature of Wyden has been created with a hole next to his head. Folks will attempt to throw burnt biscuits through the hole. If they are successful, they will win a 'Wyden Weenie'.

Why: Because Wyden has used his office to do enormous damage to the environment—through both inaction and action. Let's recount a few solid reasons for why Wyden should be held accountable in the manner described above:

1) Wyden helped pass Bush's so called "Healthy Forest Restoration Act", otherwise known as the "Horizontal Forest Act" which takes advantage of people's fears around fire to result in more logging in the back country of our national forests, and more dollars in timber industry coffers

2) Wyden sat back and did NOTHING while the Bush Administration essentially tore apart protections for forests across the Northwest with the gutting of the Northwest Forest Plan. (Removal of requirement to survey for rare species before logging, removal of protections for fish and streams, etc., etc.)

3) Wyden has remained essentially silent on the Biscuit salvage sale, which is the largest logging project in modern history on national forest land. It logs a rare and endangered ecosystem in addition to an enormous roadless area proposed for permanent protection. Scientists say logging after a fire is the worst thing you can possible do for a forest, and can lead to irreparable damage. But Wyden has sat by, counting the dollars in his pocket that the timber industry has donated to his election campaign. (He's gets the most money from the timber industry after Bush).

3) Wyden proposed a bogus wilderness bill for Mt. Hood that sounds good UNTIL you read further and notice that it includes provisions that it will significantly increase logging of old forest on Mt. Hood's eastside.

2. Notes From the Field: Batwings Down & More Old Growth in the Clackamas District Lost

By Echo

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.

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 we plant differently and science is on our side, blah blah blah. Yet, in 2004, the Forest Service 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 mono-cropped. 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 (Forest Service 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: 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