She also told me that about 30 tree-fellers were up in Fiddler units yesterday (Monday), doing more cutting. Some yarding and hauling of the logs has already started as well. One activist has estimated that at least "70% of the trees" have been cut at this time, in multiple timber sale units. |
The woman i was speaking to urged people to call Senator Ron Wyden "a lot" to express their outrage over the logging. "He's trying to duck under the radar and avoid taking a stand," she said. (Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or call toll free at 1-800-839-5276 and ask to be transferred.)
She was also upset about an Oregonian editorial that characterized the people trying to stop the logging as "extremists" who are wasting their time because the trees are all burnt and not worth saving.
This attitude on the part of the Oregonian shows a tragic lack of knowledge about the situation on the ground in that specific place and fire ecology in general. First of all, not all the trees are dead; i was there a month ago and saw trees that had been scorched but were still living. Secondly, fire is a natural part of the cycle of life in these forests, and the best way for the ecosystem to recover is to leave it alone, not to go in there with heavy machinery that will destroy the vegetation, soil, and streams. i wonder if a single Oregonian reporter has actually ever been to the Fiddler timber sale. i seriously doubt it! F* the corporate media.