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Audio: Appeal from Forest Advocacy Group for Public Comment

The monthly Bark Field Trip for February hiked a portion of the Gordon Creek sale, offered by the Bureau of Land Management, now in its initial scoping phase. During this hike, Amy Harwood of Bark spoke about an upcoming open house, where the pubic will be able to offer comment on some up and coming Forest Service cost cutting measures.

Amy has already posted this alert to Portland Indymedia last week, but I think hearing her words will have more of an impact than the written word. This audio file details the issue at hand which, basically, is the Forest Service wanting to close some of OUR public recreations sites as a cost cutting measure. This is ludicrous, as the Forest Service has been losing money for decades with their timber sale program, and now ask the public to help them decide what recreational sites be cut due to their incompetence or downright collusion with the timber industry.

This is not a contestable fact, as it is common knowledge that National Forests nationwide, in what amounts to corporate welfare, have lost billions of dollars over the last few decades through their logging programs. As Amy says in her talk, in the last fiscal year, no department of the Forest Service receive an increase in funding, EXCEPT for the timber sale division.

This is an opportunity to step forward and protect our recreation sites from being bull dozed, as has recently happened to some in Colorado, just days after the announcement that they were no longer going to be supported by the Forest Service.

At the Open House, we will be asked to choose which sites are the most important to us, which we visit the most and have the greatest attachment to. Yet, as Amy points out, perhaps the most important sites are the ones we haven't as yet explored, those which we will at some future time visit and will then become a part of us. This is no different than asking us which of our children we wish to save, condemning the others to destruction.

The Forest is not a collection of trees,

is not a river,

a stream,

a colony of particular flora and fauna,

a trail leading off into some oft' visited and common place,

but an orchestra of all of these,

a symphony of life and living,

in the canopy,

on and under the ground,

an organism composed of threads beyond the capacity of our science to interpret and understand

It has all too often only succeeded in unraveling them

The Forest Service, and Congress, I'm sure, view our National Forest as a resource to be harvested, a commodity to be exploited, and the people are often left with the choice between revenue or forests, between present county dollars and future recreation sites for our children and grand children. A false choice, as you will learn listening to this 7 minute audio file.

This Open House concerns the Mt. Hood National Forest, but these are Federal lands, owned by the all the citizens of our country. Thus, no matter where you live, you have a voice in our public lands. We can also contact our representatives and tell them that this Recreation Site Facility Site Management Plan is a flawed process and needs to be withdrawn.

Audio File, RealPlayer

Audio File, MP3

homepage: homepage: http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org

Did You Know .........You will if you listen to audio tape! 11.Feb.2007 21:52

Joe Anybody

Its all about the "RS-FMP"

"The Mt Hood National Forest Meetings to Close Parks Down Begin"

1. Tell them to not close any parks and that they should be funded
2. Tell them to not raise fees for access to parks
3. Tell them all the parks are your favorites, the best ones are yet to be discovered by you ... they are the ones you may not have been to yet, nor should have to be named!

Meeting On 6:30 pm Tuesday Feb 13
Mt Hood National Forest Headquarters
16400 Champion Way
Sandy Oregon

More Info On the Recreation Site Facility Master Planning on the website
click link -->  http://www.bark-out.org/content/article.php?section=news&id=341

As BARK says "the real problem: is congress and the administration defunding recreation on Mt. Hood National Forest"

The 4 wheel drive off road sportsmen are making sure they have their voice.
Meeting details:

+ Each meeting will begin with a brief introduction of the RS-FMP by the Forest Service and then will break into small groups. The small groups will be given a Mt. Hood National Forest map with mylar overlays of various recreation sites. The Forest Service will then ask participants questions about where you like to go and why. +

Write Your Officials here:

Thanks for the audio file Jim..... I never would of known!
Thanks Amy!.. from BARK!

More on this from previous post on Indy media by Amy:

Hood is my backyard 12.Feb.2007 15:37


Beautiful Pictures!