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Fall Creek Timber Sale:Logging in progress

Last Friday (Jan 6) some friends and I took a hike to Fall Creek, where we
encountered a logging operation happening in the hills. This, I believe,
is the sale that was bought by Silver Creek Timber Company on November
2nd, 2005 (note, Silver Creek is the same company that's been reaping the
benefits of the Biscuit Fire). If this is correct, this sale is 4.22
million board feet, or about 500 logging trucks full of trees.
Fall Creek burn area. (about 40 miles SW of Eugene)
Fall Creek burn area. (about 40 miles SW of Eugene)
Last Friday (Jan 6) some friends and I took a hike to Fall Creek, where we
encountered a logging operation happening in the hills. This, I believe,
is the sale that was bought by Silver Creek Timber Company on November
2nd, 2005 (note, Silver Creek is the same company that's been reaping the
benefits of the Biscuit Fire). If this is correct, this sale is 4.22
million board feet, or about 500 logging trucks full of trees.

In terms of what we saw, there were two or three logging trucks (just pickups, as of
last Friday, they're not yarding yet), and "fellers" in what seemed to be
two locations up the hill. There was also one law enforcement officer, who allowed us
to enter into Bedrock Campground across the river. We hiked up the
rocks and got some video footage of the mountainside and watched some of
the trees fall. This is definitely not roadside salvage -- they're cutting
well up the hill, in areas with burned trees. This is why I draw the conclusion that this is
the Silver Creek sale. If anyone has more information about what's going
on in Fall Creek, or would be interested in investigating, I'd be good to
have more information out there. Forests should not fall in silence; let's
find out what's going on.

A protest was held when the Auction for logging rights to the fall creek burn. there is an article on this at Cascadia rising's website:  http://cascadiarising.org/or/2005/10/844.shtml

Don't Forget...

homepage: homepage: http://cascadiarising.org/topic/cfd/

one point of clarity 12.Jan.2006 16:25

botrychium--at--cascadiarising.org

Just to clarify, this is not the infamous Fall Creek (aka Clark Timber sale), which saw 5+ years of treesitting and which has been tied up in the legal system for several years.

This is a more recent "salvage" logging timber sale.

Fall Creek is south-east of Eugene, 12.Jan.2006 18:11

Lassoo

Fall Creek is south-east of Eugene,
not south-west as the caption under the
photo states. (oops!)

Evils of Silver Creek 14.Jan.2006 19:29

TR

A few facts about Silver Creek. They stole trees during their roadside salvage. They illegally cut in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. They illegally cut the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area. John West, the "owner" was pulled out of bankruptcy by the big Douglas County mills like Allyn Ford's Roseburg Forest Products to be a front for them on contraversial sales like this one and like Biscuit. This jerk needs to be stopped. It is amazing how little smarts it takes to be a flunky at the federal trough.

anybody? 29.Jan.2006 18:38

ffffth

has anyone gone into the clark area units to see if they stole trees out of there............