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Roadless Area Rule Violated by Siskiyou Forest Service in 2005

Without much fanfare or controversy the Siskiyou National Forest planned and allowed the clear-cut logging inside the North Kalmiopsis roadless area as part of the Berry salvage logging timber sale in the Biscuit burn in 2005.
Roadless Area Conservation Rule Violated by Forest Service in 2005 Without much fanfare or controversy the Siskiyou National Forest planned and allowed the clear-cut logging inside the North Kalmiopsis roadless area as part of the Berry salvage logging timber sale in the Biscuit burn in 2005. Thus the US Forest Service unilaterally decided to violate the Roadless Area Conservation Plan at least one year before Federal Courts were to decide the legality of such actions. Surely, the Forest Service will claim that this roadless area is only an "un-inventoried" section of the North Kalmiopsis roadless area outside the official "inventoried" roadless area. This so called "un-inventoried roadless area" is contiguous with the North Kalmiopsis roadless area. The Siskiyou National Forest also must have used a similar argument when they planned and allowed the logging on top of the Babyfoot Lake trail and illegally logged 17 acres of the Babyfoot Lake Brewer's Spruce Botanical Reserve in 2005. This was also an un-inventoried roadless area that bordered the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area. The pictures below document the areas clear-cut inside the North Fork Indigo Creek drainage in 2005. What was documented represented perhaps 20 -40 acres of clear-cut salvage logging. There were no roads within ? mile of these units. I suppose Siskiyou National Forest personnel figured that they would get away with this because no one would notice, at least not until the trees were cut and hauled away. Well, I guess they were right. Also, I suppose Forest Service personnel told them selves, well even if we do get caught no one would get punished. In fact they would likely get a pat on the back, a bonus or even promotion for doing the Bush administration's and Oregon's timber baron's bidding. I have worked for the Forest Service and I know how things have worked there in the past. Are you surprised by this news that the Forest Service has already violated the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule? It seems that all natural resource management agencies from the ground up are rotten and corrupt to the core. In fact, since science has proven what damage land management agencies have done and continue to do with past and current land management practices, one can surmise that most agency personnel are even more corrupt than they have ever been because agency personnel can no longer claim ignorance to the environmental damage that they are perpetrating on the land.

MORE PHOTOS OF ROADLESS AREA VIOLATION 02.Aug.2006 10:25

ecosystem adovocate

.....inside the North Kalmiopsis so called "un-inventoried" roadless area. OK. Click on the COVER photo and you can see another logged unit on the other side of the creek. Again in the roadless area. 1st PHOTO. The other will give you some scale of large trees taken. 2ND PHOTO. Not much of a riparian buffer down there, aye. 3RD PHOTO. The road was a short so called "temporary" road to aid access........ for a helicopter? More likely for a bulldozer or skidder tractor.

is that a little person on the second stump in photo1? 05.Aug.2006 20:59

concerned mammal

how close in feet would you guess this cut is to the water?How far is it supposed to be under existing "regulations"?

Trees are 6' diameter at least and mudslides threaten 09.Aug.2006 10:26

ecosystem advocate

Riparain Buffer. Not much. It was no where near a site trees length away from a fish bearing stream if that is what you are asking. Plus they logged on the other side of the creek as well but it wasn't a clearcut. You can see the stumps on the other side in the picture. This drainage is well known for massive mudslides all over the drainage. In fact one is so big that you can see it on Google earth. Look for the North Indigo Creek drainage off the Illinoisd River just south of Agness Oregon and you'll find it.Maybe I can download it here? Another fact, a mudslide (maybe the one pictured from Google earth?) from this drainage was so extensive that it shutdown fishing for several days on the Rogue River because the silt was so bad. I haven't tracked down the news story yet. I think it happened in the Late 80's or early 90's of the 20th century. This in itself should be reason enough to stop the Blackberry roadless timber sale in the North Kalmiopsis.Blackberry sale was just auction last Friday, August 4. Logging could begin anytime this month or next unless Senator Ron Wyden or the Courts can stop this criminal activity. The other photo show the mouth of the North Fork Indigo Creek during high water after the 500 acres of clearcutting committed in 2004 and effects of the 2002 Biscuit Fire. S.