Wednesday, May 13, 2015

KICKSTARTER: Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project


Through the Siskiyou Crest Blog I have initiated a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a comprehensive OHV monitoring project in the foothills of the Applegate Valley, called the Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project. This project will document the impacts of unmanaged OHV use, publicize the findings, and create a detailed monitoring report to inform the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the local community about the impacts of unauthorized and unmanaged OHV use, as well as identify solutions and management recommendations that will protect ecological and societal values.


Unmanaged and unauthorized OHV use is common throughout BLM lands in southwest Oregon, including the Applegate Valley.


The Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project will focus on the remaining wildland habitats of the Applegate Foothills, including the Dakubetede Roadless Area, the Wellington Butte Roadless Area, the Anderson Butte region, and the John's Peak/Forest Creek region. The project will document and identify the impacts of OHV use in these special regions.



The Wellington Butte Roadless Area has been identified by the BLM as an area supporting wilderness characteristics, including intact oak woodlands, conifer forests, chaparral, and beautiful grasslands. The area is also directly adjacent the the BLM's John's Peak OHV Area. Use from the adjacent unmanaged OHV area is beginning to encroach upon this beautiful wildland. 

The project will coincide with the comment period for the BLM's Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP includes language that could officially approve and codify OHV use in the Applegate Valley without specific environmental review and analysis. The RMP's approach would be very similar to the current situation at John's Peak, where the BLM announced the declaration of the area as an OHV Emphasis Area, but 20 years later has yet to subject the area's vast network of user-created trails to environmental analysis. 

The agency designated John's Peak as an OHV area in 1995, but did not identify OHV routes or trails available for motorized use. Since this time over 90 miles of user-created OHV trails have been carved into the forest and slopes of the area with no official environmental analysis, agency oversight, or engineering whatsoever. The situation has been a complete free-for-all due to agency neglect and indifference. The BLM has approved a "categorical exclusion," meaning they circumvented environmental analysis and public scrutiny by claiming that the over 90 miles of unauthorized OHV trails have little to no environmental impact. 

Let's not let the BLM get away with more favors to the OHV industry, especially in the Applegate Valley's last wild places. Support the Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project by making a donation to my Kickstarter Campaign. Together we can make a difference in the Siskiyou Mountains.



The Dakubetede Roadless Area is located in the Little Applegate watershed and is well known to local hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and trail runners as the location of the Sterling Ditch Trail and the future location of the Jack-Ash Trail, which would extend from Ashland to Jacksonville, Oregon. The area is one of the most intact ecosystems in the Applegate foothills and one of the most heavily utilized non-motorized recreation areas on the Medford District BLM. The Dakubetede is also being increasingly impacted by unauthorized OHV use, severely impacting scenic values, ecological values, botanical values, and non-motorized recreational opportunities. With the increase in OHV use comes an increase in trash and illegal dumping, erosion, noxious weed spread, and noise pollution. OHV use is likely the largest threat to many of the Applegate Valley's wild and beautiful places. 

Support the Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project
Click here to view my Kickstarter
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Westside Project Public Meeting, Information & Videos

Seaid Valley and the Klamath River viewed from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on Devils Ridge in the Kangaroo Roadless Area. The fire-effected slopes across the river are targeted for extensive salvage logging in the wild, salmon stronghold of Grider Creek.  

This photo depicts a few of the 229 units proposed for logging in the Westside Fire Recovery Project. The proposed salvage units, outlined in red, would devastate this wild and scenic region with large, clear-cut swaths, disrupting natural recovery and impacting innumerable ecological and societal values. The area includes the PCT; steep and unstable soils subject to erosion; Late Successional Reserve (LSR) forest important for spotted owls; a Bald Eagle Management Area, and very important connectivity habitat between the Marble Mountains Wilderness Area and the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. This ecologically important region—and scenic national treasure—should not be logged and converted into highly flammable and ecologically destitute tree plantations.


The Comment Period for the Westside Salvage Recovery Project will be coming to a close on April 27, 2015. Please comment on this project. It is one of the largest timber sales proposed in Forest Service history and has the potential to create extreme environmental impacts in some of the most intact watersheds on the West Coast. Below are links to detailed information on the project and great videos that will help you create a meaningful comment by addressing the relevant issues.

Attend the public meeting!!! 
Let's pack the house for the Klamath River
Tuesday, April 21st, 4pm-7:30pm
4:00pm—Press conference and comment delivery
4:30pm-7:30pm—Open house
Rogue Regency Inn
2300 Biddle Road
Medford, OR

Klamath National Forest officials will be there to answer questions and provide information. Please come out and advocate for the Klamath River and its wildlife, wild rivers and Native people. 

Stop the Westside Salvage Recovery Project!







Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Klamath River Fire Reports

Mixed Severity Fire in the Happy Camp Fire on the slopes of the Scott River Canyon.

The summer of 2014 brought smoke, ash and fire to the Klamath Mountains, including three large wildfires on the Klamath National Forest. Combined, the fires burned over 218,000 acres, leaving their mark on the forests and woodlands of the Klamath, Salmon, and Scott River watersheds. Due to the drought and extreme fire conditions the fires were suppressed with aggressive firefighting tactics that created lasting environmental impacts. The Klamath National Forest has declared these fires catastrophic and the fire effected forests are now being targeted for extreme salvage logging proposals. The agency has offered rhetoric and spin to justify their proposal, claiming that the fires burned in a manner outside the characteristic mosaic of mixed severity fire in the Klamath Mountains. The industry is pushing hard to log large swaths of the fire area, converting natural fire effected stands into vast tree plantations. 

Some of us are asking: How did these fires actually burn and what were the effects? Were the fires "within the range of variability" for mixed severity fire in the Klamath Mountains, or outside the characteristic fire effects? Did suppression actions such as widespread "backfiring" impact burn severity and overstory mortality? Did suppression crews build damaging fire lines in sensitive areas, impact wildland values, water quality, or endangered species habitat? The Klamath-Siskiyou Fire Reports strive to answer these questions, identify the impacts of fire suppression and recommend solutions. The reports also provide detailed information about fire effects, burn severity, and the progression of these fires across the landscape. 

Dozerline created during the suppression of the Happy Camp Fire on Doolittle Ridge.
Siskiyou Crest Blog author, Luke Ruediger, researched and wrote two of the fire reports, including the Happy Camp Fire Report and the Beaver Fire Report. The text of both of these reports, as well as a fire report for the Whites Fire on the Salmon River, are also available on the Klamath Forest Alliance website. The Klamath-Siskiyou Fire Reports can be downloaded and viewed at the dropbox link provided below. The top two reports are text only, the lower two reports have color photos and burn severity maps imbedded within the text. Please read the reports, advocate for fire suppression reform, and speak out on behalf of the Klamath River. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Keep the Klamath River Wild!

Westside Fire Recovery Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Public Comment Period
Low-severity fire from the Happy Camp Fire Complex in the Marble Mountain Wilderness at the headwaters of Wooley Creek, one of northern California's wildest old-growth habitats.


This past summer three large fires — the Happy Camp, Whites and Beaver Fires — burned over 218,600 acres in the Klamath River watershed. The Happy Camp and Whites Fires burned in a natural mosaic, including over 70% low to very low severity fire. These fires burned in roadless wildlands, Late Successional Reserves (LSR), botanical areas, logged-over matrix lands, and both the Russian and Marble Mountain Wilderness Areas. The Beaver Fire, on the other hand, burned in forests largely converted to tree plantations, large portions of which are private timber land. Consequently, the fire severity was highest in the Beaver Fire, with 40% of the fire area effected by high severity fire; nearly double that of the Whites or Happy Camp Fires. 

Many private timber lands supporting plantation stands burned at high severity in the Beaver Fire. The Westside Fire Recovery Project proposes to create tens of thousands of plantation stands through salvage logging and tree planting, both activities that will impair natural recovery and increase fuel hazards in the post-fire landscape.


The Klamath National Forest has responded to these fires by proposing the Westside Fire Recovery Project, a massive "salvage" logging project that would convert tens of thousands of acres into highly flammable tree plantations. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been released and the agency is accepting public comment until April 27, 2015. 

Although the agency is calling this a "recovery project," it is unclear what the project will recover beyond timber volume (i.e. financial recovery) through clear-cut salvage logging in fire-effected forests. The clear-cut logging and conversion of fire-effected stands into tree plantations will not only drastically increase fire hazards, but will also significantly impact watershed values, at-risk salmon populations, wildlife, natural forest habitats, post-fire recovery and old-growth forest reserves. 
Naturally regenerating post-fire habitat in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. This area was effected by high severity fire, but was not salvage logged in the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project.
This stand, directly adjacent to the photo above, was salvage logged in the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project.

The Proposed Action is identified as Alternative 2 in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Alternative 2 proposes 11,700 acres of salvage logging, the majority of which would be clear-cut logging. The proposal includes roadside hazard logging on 650 miles of road, equaling 16,600 acres of linear clear-cuts along Forest Service roads. In past salvage logging projects the agency has logged 200' swaths on both sides of the road; however, in the Westside Project, the agency now proposes widening the logged area to 250' on either side of the road, making a 500' swath of clear-cut forest that winds across 650 miles of road on the Klamath National Forest. The project would also build 23 miles of "temporary" roads to facilitate salvage logging. Conversely, those units not accessed by roads will be helicopter logged, a logging system that the agency admits will create the largest fire hazard due to a significant increase in logging slash. 

The proposal includes significant impacts to sensitive wildlife species, including the removal of 1,205 acres of nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for the northern spotted owl. There will also be impacts to bald eagle nesting sites, connectivity and home range habitat for the Pacific fisher, marten, and wolverine, as well impacts to key watersheds and highly erosive watersheds such as Elk Creek, Grider Creek, Tompkins Creek, and other salmon bearing tributaries of the Klamath, Salmon, and Scott Rivers. 

The Klamath National Forest has declared an “emergency situation determination” to expedite clear-cut logging and reduce the public’s and non-profit organizations’ abilities to appeal, protest, or litigate the project before cutting begins. The agency has fast-tracked large-scale logging in the Klamath River watershed in LSRs, key watersheds, and geologically unstable areas, and they apparently don’t want to hear what you have to say about it. Perhaps they should hear loud and clear why many in the local bioregion value the Klamath River, its forests, wildlife, and fisheries. Please consider commenting on the project; we need your support to stop one of the largest salvage logging proposals in the Klamath Mountains since the equally dishonest misnomer, the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project, which came out of the 2002 Biscuit Fire in the Kalmiopsis area. 

 
Is this what "recovery" looks like? The result of salvage logging and road building at the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead following the Biscuit Fire of 2002. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest salvage logged this once magnificent old-growth forest, illegally cutting within the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area and to the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area.


  Consider the following recommendations when providing public comment on the Westside Fire Recovery Project.

·      No salvage logging on sensitive granitic soils, active landslides, earth flows, geologic riparian reserves, and other erosive soil types.

·      No salvage and/or no tree planting units in Late Successional Reserves.

·      No salvage units in Riparian Reserves.

·      No salvage units in special habitat designations such as northern spotted owl (NSO) activity centers, peregrine falcon or goshawk activity centers.

·      No salvage units in Bald Eagle Management Areas.

·      No salvage in Critical Habitat for NSO.

·      No salvage logging in designated or recommended Wild and Scenic River segments including N. Fork Salmon River, Grider Creek, Elk Creek, Klamath River, and S. Russian Creek.

·      No salvage units in the Grider Creek drainage to protect roadless values, watershed values, scenic values — such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) — and connectivity between the Marble Mountains Wilderness and the adjacent LSRs.

·      No salvage units should be proposed in the following watersheds or areas to protect ecological values, scenic values, and recreational qualities within and adjacent to large Inventoried Roadless Areas or Wilderness Areas. This would include the following areas:

                  Happy Camp Fire: Grider Creek, N. Fork Kelsey Creek, McGuffy Creek, McCarthy Creek, Kuntz Creek, Mill Creek, Tom Martin Creek, Tom Martin Peak Area, Lake Mountain Botanical Area, Tyler Meadows Trailhead, Pacific Crest Trail, Cold Spring Trailhead.

                   Whites Fire: E. Fork Whites Gulch, Sixmile Creek, South Russian Creek, Tanners Peak area

·      No salvage units in endemic or rare conifer stands (and their adjacent available habitat) to allow for natural regeneration. This would include foxtail pine (Pinus balfouriana), Baker’s cypress (Cupressus bakeri), and Brewer spruce (Picea breweriana). 
·      No new roads, either permanent or temporary.

·      No tree planting units; natural regeneration is adequate due to generally small patch size from high severity fire effects. Seed trees are nearly always present and regeneration adequate. Plantation style planting will only increase future fire hazard and should be avoided at all costs.

·      No helicopter units. Activity slash left from helicopter units is very difficult to cleanup and will increase fire activity in future fires. Likewise, the economics of helicopter logging necessitates the removal of large, old trees and snags.

·      No salvage logging should take place in partially burned stands that sustained minimal (less than 70%) mortality. Undamaged or partially fire damaged stands provide disproportionately important roles in ecological recovery and refugia for the survival of particular biota.

·      No salvage logging in high elevation sites above 6,000’, including mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana), red fir (Abies magnifica), and white fir (Abies concolor) plant communities. These habitat types are adapted to long fire return intervals and relatively high severity fire effects. Scattered snag patches are natural, and due to the landscape location and short growing season, will recover slowly and create minimal fuels as succession takes place. 
·      Retain all trees with green foliage. No “bycatch” logging of green trees should occur in any salvage unit.

·      No salvage units on slopes exceeding 60%

·      Burn all activity slash.

Keep the Klamath River wild!

Listen to Patty Grantham, Klamath National Forest Supervisor, spin the Westside Fire Recovery Project on the Jefferson Exchange radio program. 

Listen to George Sexton from KSWild and Craig Tucker from the Karuk Tribe discuss the ecological and social impact of the Westside Fire Recovery Project, in an interview on the Jefferson Exchange radio program. 

Click here for more information from the Forest Service on the project. 



Send comments to wcoats@fs.fed.us or click on the link below. 
Forest Service Public Comment Form 
Comments are due by April 27th.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Videos of Pacific fisher in the Siskiyou Mountains


Game cameras are a good way to capture images of wildlife in order to document their presence and monitor their behavior. We have been setting up game cameras in the Siskiyou Mountains for years, capturing photos or videos of bears, deer, ringtail cats, fox, grouse, lots of mice and other common critters.

Two weeks ago we finally got what we'd been working to capture on video for a couple years: Pacific fisher! These three videos were captured at three in the afternoon, so the videos turned out really good with full color, as opposed to nighttime videos that rely on infrared and are in black and white.

We captured footage of this fisher in the Elliott Ridge Roadless Area in the Upper Applegate at the foot of the Siskiyou Crest. The camera was set up on a small, seasonal tributary stream in an old-growth forest; just as we suspected, it is prime fisher habitat. Recently we had two deer killed on our property, presumably by a cougar. We took some of the bones from the deer kill for the camera and the fisher obviously was pleased to scavenge the bones. This particular fisher appears to be a male because of its large size. Notice the tail wagging in one of the videos. Fishers have long, active tails, which is the reason people have often called them fisher cats.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may soon list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Endangered species protection for the Pacific fisher would protect the species and its old forest habitats in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. The Siskiyou Mountains support one of the largest remaining populations of the Pacific fisher and should be listed as "critical habitat." Documentation of where fishers live, hunt and disperse is necessary to help this species recover from population decline. Citizens, scientists, and wildlife managers can all contribute to this information through monitoring, observation and research. Someday, hopefully, fishers will once again inhabit their original range on the West Coast of North America. From the wilds of the Klamath-Siskiyou, this species may come back from the brink of extinction. These videos speak for themselves — the Pacific fisher is a beautiful species!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nedsbar Update: March, 2015

This stand of large, old, low-elevation forest is the destination of the upcoming hike into the Boaz Mountain Roadless Area and units 33-30 and 34-30 of the Nedsbar Timber Sale. The hike is scheduled for March 28. Please join us! Information on the hike is provided below.


The Siskiyou Crest Blog and Klamath Forest Alliance will be hosting numerous hikes and informational events in the coming months to inform and involve the public, as well as build support for the Community Alternative. Please attend the upcoming presentation or public hikes into the Nedsbar Timber Sale.



Nedsbar Community Presentation
March 19, 6:30pm
Applegate Community Grange
3901 Upper Applegate Road
The presentation will explore the Nedsbar Timber Sale and the proposed Community Alternative through beautiful photographs, maps, and the knowledge of local residents. Members of the Community Alternative Working Group, Klamath Forest Alliance, Applegate Neighborhood Network, KS Wild, and local residents involved in the Nedsbar Campaign will be present to answer questions and provide information on the Community Alternative and the proposed BLM logging treatments. 


Nedsbar Public Hike: Boaz Mountain Units
March 28, 2015
10:00am
Meet at the Applegate Community Grange
3901 Upper Applegate Road
A view across the Upper Applegate Valley from the slopes of Boaz Mountain, on the route of the upcoming public hike into the Boaz Mountain Roadless Area, and timber sale units 33-30 and 34-30 of the Nedsbar Timber Sale.
The hike will explore the Boaz Mountain Roadless Area on the west-facing slopes above Eastside Road. The hike will include spectacular views across the Upper Applegate Valley, sunlit oak woodlands, spring wildflowers, and the beautiful uncut forest proposed for logging in units 33-30 and 34-30. The hike is off-trail and roughly 3 miles round-trip. The terrain is variable; some areas can be steep. Bring a rain jacket, sturdy shoes, water, trekking poles if needed, and a lunch.
 

 
Watch this video taken in unit 33-30 of the Nedsbar Timber Sale, the destination of the upcoming public hike.



Jefferson Exchange Interview
Recently the Nedsbar Timber Sale and Community Alternative were highlighted on the Jefferson Exchange, a radio program on Jefferson Public Radio. To hear the interview with Luke Ruediger please follow the link below. 


Nedsbar Timber Sale Community Alternative (CA) Documents 

The Siskiyou Crest Blog is pleased to provide the public all documents to the Nedsbar Community Alternative. Links are provided for each document listed below. These documents were submitted to the BLM by the Nedsbar Community Alternative Working Group on March 6, 2015. The BLM will analyze these documents as part of their Environmental Analysis (EA) for the timber sale. The BLM currently states that the EA will be completed in May.
  





Saturday, March 7, 2015

PROGRESS: BLM Drops Units in the Nedsbar Timber Sale!

Unit 28-22B was originally proposed for heavy regeneration logging. The Nedsbar Community Monitoring Project and KFA identified the unit as one of the most intact, fire-adapted stands in the Little Applegate foothills. As the community learned about this egregious timber sale unit, they responded with dismay and many attended a public hike led in January. The good news is that the BLM recently dropped commercial logging proposals in the unit. Having this unit dropped from the sale is a major victory towards protecting the Little Applegate Valley from the Nedsbar Timber Sale, however, more still needs to be done. Many more units need to be canceled to protect old, late-seral forests, wildlife habitat, and roadless areas.

The BLM recently released a new Nedsbar Timber Sale map depicting the BLM's "preferred alternative" for their Environmental Analysis (EA), Alternative 4. Alternative 4 is the most timber heavy alternative that will be reviewed in EA. It represents the worst case scenario for the Applegate region, if it is is chosen for implementation. The alternative was developed to maximize timber output to appease (and possibly exceed) the mandates of the Swanson-Superior lawsuit that is currently under appeal. Implementation of Alternative 4 would mean numerous miles of new roads would be built, some in roadless habitats. It would also mean that large areas of the Little and Upper Applegate Valleys would be logged with no upper diameter limit and to canopy closure levels that would impact habitat values, viewsheds, with a result of increased fuel hazards.

The new map released by the BLM shows that we have been making progress. Numerous units containing large, old trees, high quality, late-seral forest habitat, and minimal fuel loads were either removed from commercial entry, or changed to fuel reduction units where no large trees will be felled. The dropping of these units also means miles of new road construction and heavy road renovation would also be canceled. The dropping of these units constitutes a victory, but there is more still to do, roadless units that must be dropped, new roads that must not be built, and prescriptions that must be amended to make them more ecologically appropriate and benign. The Community Alternative for the Nedsbar Timber Sale would achieve these conservation goals while reducing fuels and producing a sustainable and appropriate level of timber harvest in the dry, marginal forests of the Applegate foothills.

Below I have highlighted Nedsbar Timber Sale units that have been recently canceled or significantly altered due to public input, the efforts of the Community Monitoring Program, and the efforts of many others in the Applegate and Rogue Valley communities.

Unit 28-22 A, B, & C
Unit 28-22 has been dropped and will not be commercially logged. The unit supports healthy, fire-adapted forests that underburned in 1987.

Unit 28-22 is found on the long, dry ridgeline dividing Yale Creek from the Little Applegate River. The unit is found within the Wildland Urban Interface of Little Applegate Road, adjacent to private residential homes on lower Yale Creek Road.


Unit 28-22 B was one of three units proposed for structural retention regeneration harvest, meaning only 30% canopy closure and 16-25 large trees per acres would be retained after implementation of logging treatments. The stand underburned in 1987 and supports highly fire-resilient characteristics. The stand also supports all the characteristics of old-growth forest with large, old trees, snags, large downed wood, complex stand structure, diverse branching structure, high canopies, and a multi-layered canopy of hardwoods and conifer species. The stand is a model for resilient, healthy stand conditions in the low elevation foothills of the Applegate Valley.

The Siskiyou Crest Blog and KFA recently led a public hike into this unit and the feeling was unanimous that the unit should not be logged.

According to the new map provided by the BLM, the unit prescription has been changed in Alternative 4 to fuel reduction and no commercial logging will take place in unit 28-22 A, B, & C. In Alternative 3 the unit has been entirely canceled. The new road proposed to access the units for logging will also be canceled in both Alternatives 3 and 4.

To view my original blog post on unit 28-22 click on the following link: original post
To view a post on the recent public hike to 28-22, click on the following link: public hike post

Unit 33-20
Unit 33-20 has been dropped and will not be commercially logged. The stand supports a diverse forest of late-seral pine and fir with small oak openings. This unit also underburned in 1987, creating a healthy, fire-adapted habitat. The BLM is now proposing this unit to be a fuel reduction unit.

Unit 33-20 lies due east of unit 28-22 on the same long, dry ridgeline dividing Yale Creek from the Little Applegate River. Found on the north face of the ridge, the unit supports a diverse late-seral forest with old ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and oak openings. The unit underburned in 1987, maintaining highly fire-resilient stand conditions.

According to the new map provided by the BLM, unit prescription has been changed from commercial thinning to fuel reduction in both alternative 3 and 4, meaning that no commercial logging would take place in this relatively intact stand. Significant road renovation would have been necessary to log this unit. This road renovation will not be necessary under fuel reduction prescriptions, reducing impacts to the area's primitive character.

To view my original blog post on unit 33-20 click on the following link: original post

Unit 36-25
Unit 36-25 is found at the headwaters of Lick Gulch and supports nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for the northern spotted owl. The unit has been canceled.

Unit 36-25 is found at the headwaters of Lick Gulch and supports groves of large, old Douglas fir. The unit has been selectively logged, but many dominant, old trees remain. The unit contains nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for the northern spotted owl. It is also adjacent to an owl nesting core. The area provides important connectivity habitat to and from these important habitats for the northern spotted owl. The unit was originally proposed for commercial logging and has recently been canceled.

Unit 25-24
Unit 25-24 has been canceled and the diverse, variable stand supporting large old trees will not be commercially logged. The unit was identified by the Nedsbar Community Monitoring Program as a unit of concern and was highlighted on The Siskiyou Crest blog. Information gathered by the monitoring program was also used in an official memo submitted to the BLM by KS Wild, Oregon Wild, Klamath Forest Alliance and others.  The unit has been canceled!

Unit 25-24 is found in the Little Applegate River Canyon and is located within the Dakubetede Roadless Area. The stand supports old-growth trees and extremely variable, diverse stand conditions. The unit is adjacent to some of the most intact old-growth in the Little Applegate Canyon and provides important connectivity and dispersal habitat. The stand was originally proposed for commercial logging, but was recently dropped in the new reiterations of both Alternative 3 and 4.

To view the original photo essay follow this link: Nedsbar photo essay

Still more to do...
Although we have made significant progress many questionable units remain. These include units in roadless areas, units supporting high quality northern spotted owl habitat, units with large, old-growth trees and late-seral stands, units with minimal fuel loads, and units that require extensive road construction. KFA and the Siskiyou Crest Blog are committed to continuing the campaign to Stop Nedsbar as currently proposed and to promoting the Community Alternative to the Nedsbar Timber Sale. We intend to now focus our energy on these remaining units of concern.

If our work is to continue we will need the support of the community. To support this work consider helping to organize around the Nedsbar Timber Sale, or fund our work with a tax-deductible donation. To make a donation visit the KFA website and specify "Nedsbar." For those of you who have recently donated to KFA, please check to see if your donation was received. We had a technical problem on our website and some recent donations within the past two months may have been returned. We now have this problem fixed. We are sorry for any inconvenience; please consider continuing to fund our important work.

Klamath Forest Alliance
PO Box 21
Orleans, CA 95556
www.klamathforestalliance.org