We still have time to stop the auction of two terrible timber sales in Oregon's largest and wildest unprotected roadless areas, the Siskiyou/Kalmiopsis.
Pictured above, the unprotected Kalmiopsis roadless wildlands (and the northern tip of the protected Kalmiopsis Wilderness) in the Siskiyou National Forest of Southwest Oregon as well as the nationally recognized Wild and Scenic Illinois River, about a mile from the "Blackberry" timber sale in the North Kalmiopsis.
The Siskiyou National Forest, under orders from Undersecretary of Agriculture (and long-time timber industry lobbyist) Mark Rey, is preparing timber sales within the 88,000 acre North Kalmiopsis and the 105,000 acre south Kalmiopsis roadless areas.
The "Blackberry" timber sale is located in the North Fork of the Indigo Creek drainage, one of the most productive salmonid (includes salmon, steelhead and trout) bearing drainages in the entire Rogue River watershed and (perhaps the entire) Oregon coast. Only 6 other drainages in the (entire) Rogue River watershed are as (important to salmon) as the Indigo Creek drainage.
Coho and Chinook salmon, listed "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, depend on the cold clean waters of Indigo Creek as a refuge to help them survive the warmer waters of the Illinois River.
In 2005 the Siskiyou National Forest allowed the clearcut logging (minus a few snags) of at least 500 acres in the headwaters of the 8,000 acre North Fork Indigo Creek drainage.
This North Fork Indigo drainage is in the process of rejuvenating itself from the 2002 Biscuit fire and the miles of bulldozed fire lines and back burns set intentionally to fight it, not to mention the 500 acres of clearcuts committed in 2005.
Here is what you can do for starters to help stop the Siskiyoui National Forest, Bush's henchman Mark Rey and Oregon's timber barons:
1) Call Congressman Peter DeFazio and US Senator Ron Wyden on May 25 (or at any time convenient for you). Urge them to protect these irreplaceable roadless areas. Relay to them that "salvage" logging is not scientifically defensible, especially in the roadless area of the Kalmiopsis wildlands. Ask them to demand the Forest Service stop the "Blackberry" and "Mike's Gulch" timber sales.
2) Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper opposing the logging of the Kalmiopsis wildlands as well as any new "salvage" logging without laws" legislation, House Bill 4200 sponsored by Rep. Walden (OR) and Rep. Baird (WA) and Senate Bill 2079 sponsored by Senator Gordon Smith (OR). (link to more info)
3) Call or write large environmental groups (Sierra Club in San Francisco, NRDC, WWF, and Wilderness Society) and ask them what they are doing to help stop the timber sales in the Kalmiopsis roadless areas and "salvage" logging legislation.
4) Organize a showing of the DVD "Keep Towing that Line," a tribute to legendary Siskiyou Forest Defender and great-grandmother Joan Norman by the Oxygen Collective and "Truth and Lies of the Biscuit Fire".
To order the DVD send an email to http://www.o2collective.org. The cost is $5 for one DVD that includes both short films.
To learn more about the "Mike's Gulch" timber sale and "salvage" logging legislation go to link to www.cascwild.org
Senator Ron Wyden
1220 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Eugene Phone: (541) 431-0229
230 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510-3703
Fax (202) 228-2717
Representative Peter DeFazio
151 West 7th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
2134 Rayburn H.O.R.
Washington DC 20515