Activists working to protect ancient forests within the Blue River Face Timber Sale in the Mckenzie Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest have been informed the US Forest Service and Rosboro Lumber have reached an agreement to drop units 5d and 3d from the sale. Unit 5d is where tree-sitters have been occupying a stand of massive old-growth trees in an effort to call attention to Forest Service policys in the district. Unit 3a is at this point the only unit remaining in the sale.
The offical reason the Forest Service is giving for the dropped units is unit 5d would not be cost effective to log because helicopters would have been required for yarding and it was deemed not profitable. They are saying unit 3d was dropped because steep slope skyline yarding would have caused adverse impacts.
Mckenzie Watershed Guardians must ask the question: Why is the Forest Service suddenly concerned about steep slopes and erosion when we have been telling them for the last 3 years that Blue River Face Timber Sale is an environmental nightmare? Why did they choose to ignore our environmental data turned into them 3 years ago proving the presence of Northern Spotted Owls, rare lichen species and Red Tree Voles within the sale and backed by more data turned in in the last year? Why are they ignoring the recent federal court ruling concerning Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl in the Mckenzie Watershed? Why are they continuing to log within native forests like the Bullit Timber Sale in the Mckenzie District?
Anyone who is concerned about the continued logging of ancient and native forests in the Mckenzie District, please call the district office at (541)822-3381, tell them the cancellation of parts of the Blue River Face Timber Sale was an excellent idea. Also tell them all plans to log within old-growth and native forests in the future should be cancelled as well.
It should be noted one tree-sitter at Blue River Face stayed aloft for 100 days straight without touching the ground. Tree-sitters will continue to occupy the tree-village in unit 5d until paperwork has been delivered confirming what Forest Service officals have stated to us.
We would like to thank those who have donated time, food, gear, transportation and energy to help us achieve our goal of saving unit 5d, which is a magnificent stand of massive ancient trees.