Included in this post is a 4 1/2 minute video from Bark about the importance of stopping this sale. |
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The Forest Service is accepting your comments on the enormous (nearly 3 square miles) No Whisky Timber Sale until March 17.
The No Whisky logging project lies along the banks of the North Fork of the Clackamas River about 10 miles Southeast of the City of Estacada. Covering nearly 1,700 acres (almost 3 square miles!), the No Whisky proposal adds insult to an already injured forest ecosystem. The forests of No Whisky were clearcut in the early 1920s and in 1929 the railroad used to haul the trees started a fire, burning all but 40 acres of the current logging proposal. To make matters worse, the burned forest was logged again shortly after the fire, destroying any chance of a healthy recovery.
In addition, these past logging operations opened the area up to illegal off-road vehicle use that has caused significant erosion, pollution, garbage, noise that disturbs wildlife, and unnatural alterations to area streams. Any new logging projects in this area will not help the area recover as the Forest Service suggests, it will only make matters worse in an area that is finally recovering from past abuse.
*1. Write a letter today asking the Forest Service to drop the No Whisky Timber Sale. Simply add your personal comments to the sample letter below and mail or e-mail it to:
Clackamas Ranger Station
595 NW Industrial Way
Estacada, OR 97023
* Letters must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 17, 2006.
Dear Mr. Roden:
I am very concerned about the proposed No Whisky Timber Sale. Please accept these official comments as you consider moving forward with this proposal.
-The Clackamas River provides habitat for threatened salmon, clean drinking water, and unsurpassed recreation. Unfortunately the extensive network of roads in the watershed are mucking up the tributaries of the Clackamas River. Please do not build or re-open any roads and furthermore please make sure that the No Whisky Timber Sale results in a net loss in road mileage.
-Off-road vehicles have ripped up the forest in the No Whisky area. The No Whisky Timber Sale must not move forward because the likelihood of creating new opportunities for this abuse is too great. Instead the Forest Service should be working with the public to increase law enforcement and shut down this abuse.
-No logging should occur in Riparian Reserves. As well, riparian (e.g. creeks) no-cut buffers need to be increased.
-Logging on slopes greater than 30% can cause erosion and should not occur.
Joe Citizen (your name and address here)
*2. Join Bark on a hike through the No Whisky Timber Sale. No Whisky is the largest logging project planned for Mt. Hood National Forest. It threatens 1,687 acres (nearly 3 square miles!) of beautiful forest in the North Fork of the Clackamas River. Get a taste for this diverse forest as we meander through old trees, young trees, past streams and through waist high sword ferns.
Along the way we'll look for evidence of illegal off road vehicle use and past mismanagement in the area and discuss the Forest Service's plan for the area and the associated impacts to water quality, soil fertility, habitat for wildlife and low-impact recreation opportunities.
As always, this is an all day outdoors hike in the forest. Some snow is to be expected this time of year, however snowshoes will not be needed.
Bring a sack lunch, plenty of water, sturdy hiking boots and definitely rain gear. Be prepared to hike off trail.
Sunday, March 12 from 8:45am-5pm. Carpools leave from the Daily Grind parking lot (4026 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) PROMPTLY at 9:00am. Please arrive by 8:45 so we can check you in, arrange rides and give a brief overview of the day's plans.
For further information on this issue contact Bark at 503-331-0374 or Bark's Website