Target: Mr. Jerome E. Perez, Oregon Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Prevent the clearcutting of native old-growth trees in Western Oregon
The Oregon Bureau of Land Management plans to clear-cut native trees, some of which are over 150 years old, in Western Oregon in the White Castle forest. If this and other projects like it are allowed to proceed, over a million acres of Oregon forest could be open for clearcutting. Demand the Oregon Bureau of Land Management reconsider their plans and protect Oregon forests.
The White Castle site is a native stand of forest; it has never been logged, but this new land management plan pretends to be testing forest restoration through a system called variable retention harvesting, which leaves trees on the edges of the clear-cut and a few clumps of trees throughout. Since this part of the Oregon forest has never been logged, the idea that opening it for logging will somehow restore it to a nature habitat is laughable.
This type of logging activity degrades the soil and increases the potential for landslides. In addition, this section of forest is within the habitat range of the Northern Spotted Owl, a threatened species that is dependent on the characteristics of old-growth forests. The overall population of the Northern Spotted Owl is in decline as critical habitat continues to be destroyed for timber profits.
Demand that the Oregon Bureau of Land Management stops this misguided plan to destroy old-growth forest in Oregon.
Dear Mr. Perez,
The Oregon Bureau of Land Management plans to open a section of native old-growth forest in Western Oregon for logging. The plan pretends to be a scientific experiment to see how variable retention harvesting can restore forests. The White Castle site has never been logged, is native forest with centuries-old trees, and is an important habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. The idea that logging this native forest will somehow restore or rejuvenate the site is laughable.
Old-growth trees are vital to the overall health of Oregon forests. They help with soil conservation, prevent mudslides, and serve as critical habitat to many species. This plan to essentially clear-cut the White Castle site is misguided and a thinly veiled attempt to use the excuse of scientific experimentation to send money to the timber industry at the expense of Oregon forests and wildlife.
Mr. Perez, rethink this misguided plan and protect this rare strand of native forest in Oregon.
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