Target: Salem Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Prevent logging on federal land in Oregon, which would destroy the habitats of threatened species.
Federally-owned forests in Oregon are being sold off to logging companies to clear the land of trees. The recently proposed Airstrip Timber Sale would sell a lumber company 200 acres of forest in Northwest Oregon. The trees in that area are home to several threatened species. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to stop this sale and protect the wildlife that depends on Oregon’s forests.
If the government goes through with the Airstrip Timber Sale, 207 acres of naturally regenerated forest in the recreation area of LaDee Flats would be cleared. This area is a critical ecosystem for several animals. Environmental groups have been searching for red tree voles, a small uncommon animal that lives in Douglas fir trees. Their hope is that with the evidence of red tree voles in the area, they will be able to halt the sale. The endangered spotted owl also lives in trees in the same location. The trees in the proposed area are the only ones still standing; the surrounding areas having already been logged.
The environmental group, Bark, filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management, which has helped to tie up the sale. The lawsuit specifically addresses the road that the logging company plans on constructing to reach the area where logging would take place. The road construction would destroy the only old growth trees in LaDee Flats, which are habitat to four threatened species of bat.
The Bureau of Land Management does not have a history of being trustworthy. The agency did not effectively assess the impacts that logging would have on this habitat, and it appears to be more concerned with the profit from land sales than the protection of wildlife and of Oregon’s forests. This controversy raises questions about the Bureau of Land Management’s manner of managing federal land.
Demand that the Airstrip Timber Sale be halted and that the trees be saved from any logging. Protect Oregon’s forests and the wildlife that depends on them.
Dear Salem Bureau of Land Management,
I am writing to demand that you halt the Airstrip Timber Sale. The 200 acres which make up the sale are critical habitat for several threatened species. This is the only plot in the area that has not yet been logged. If this area is logged, the wildlife would have no place else left to go.
Red tree voles are one of the threatened species which depend on the trees in the area where logging is proposed. The Bureau of Land Management did survey the land and stated that there was no evidence of red tree voles. However, the Bureau of Land Management did not survey all of the trees, and several conservation groups which have surveyed the trees have found evidence of the red tree voles. Threatened spotted owls and four species of threatened bats all depend on the trees which your department plans on selling.
I demand that the Bureau of Land Management take a closer look at the impact that the Airstrip Timber Sale will have. I ask that you make the environment a priority over timber sales. This is federal land—land of the people—and it cannot be sold carelessly.
Stop the Airstrip Timber Sale and save the only remaining ecosystem in the area.
[Your Name Here]
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