Protect Applegate from Nedsbar timber sale

Dear WCFP supporters ,

The following message is from Morgan Lindsey of KS Wild. The proposed Nedsbar timber sale will destroy the forest and increase the fire risk on the logged Applegate lands.

Come to the meeting on July 22nd 5-7 PM in the Jacksonville Library. Although this is not in our watershed we need to convey a strong message to the BLM that logging that destroys forests health is unacceptable for the reasons listed in Morgan’s message and negates national concerns for climate change. (“When will they ever learn?”)

There is a link in Morgan’s message to Senator Wyden and Merkley asking them to stop the BLM Nedsbar timber sale. If you haven’t signed it, please do so and send/pass it on.

A carpool to attend the meeting will leave the Williams Grange at 4PM.

Thanks for your help in this important issue close to home
WCFP

Nedsbar Timber Sale Threatens Applegate Valley

Western Oregon’s 2.6 million acres of BLM forests are some of most unique landscapes in the world, home to rare oak savannas, ancient fir forests, and wild rivers like the Applegate, Rogue and Illinois. These public lands provide a home to wild salmon, steelhead, and spotted owls. Our BLM lands are also an economic engine providing local communities with clean water, recreation and a high quality of life.
But just as Senator Wyden included protection for the most wild forests and rivers in southern Oregon in his O&C bill, the BLM has proposed the 3,400 acre Nedsbar timber salethat would log the proposed Dakubetede Primitive Backcountry Area in the heart of the Applegate Valley.
TAKE ACTION: Send a letter asking Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley to prevent the BLM from logging up to 5 square miles of the oldest, most valuable forests in the Applegate Valley. The BLM must save Applegate forests for future generations.
Thanks for taking action! Can you come to an important public meeting?
Nedsbar Timber Sale BLM Open House
Tuesday, July 22 5-7pm
Jacksonville Library, 340 West C St in Jacksonville

Carpool locations
Ashland: Shop N’Kart dirt parking lot at 4pm
Ruch: Ruch Country Market parking lot at 4:30pm
Williams: Williams Grange parking lot at 4pm
Call Morgan at (541) 488-5789 to RSVP or learn more.
The Nedsbar timber sale proposes to log units on 3,400 acres (that’s over 5 square miles!) located in 3 main areas.Check out the map. 
~ along the Upper Applegate on the slopes above the east side of the Applegate River from Little Applegate to near McKee Bridge.
~ on the slopes above the Little Applegate River across from Buncom.
~ on the steep slopes just above the Little Applegate River in the spectacular canyon accessed by the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail System.
The Nedsbar timber sale would;
•  extensively increase wildfire hazard,
•  damage views from historic Buncom,
•  harm forests proposed for protection in Wyden’s 2013 O&C bill,
•  degrade older forests that provide clean water,
•  damage outstanding recreational opportunities,
•  destroy scenic beauty that supports property values and makes our valleys such wonderful places to live and work.
We can’t allow the BLM to destroy the last, best older forests in the Applegate Valley and Dakubetede Primitive Backcountry Area. Please take action and come to this important public meeting.
Want to learn more? Come to a meeting of the Applegate Neighborhood Network on Thursday July 17 at 7pm at the Ruch Library to see a large map of the sale and learn more about the proposed project. 
Photos courtesy of Chant Thomas.

 

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May 21st, 7PM – May Community Meeting

Williams Community Forest Project community meeting is Wed, May 21st 7PM Williams Library. All are welcomed.

Proposed agenda is:
1.WCFP summer scheduled hikes
2. Trail maintenance
3. Forest ed program
4. 4th of July parade
5. Pesticide initiative

Hope to see you there.

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Grayback Glades, March 2014

T39S,R5W,S32, Grayback Glades area, Commercial Thinning Selective Cutting, ground removal,160 acres, small non-fish bearing streams, high landslide hazard location.

Be aware that with selective cutting the owner is not required to replant or use pesticides

Owner is Donald Olson, PO Box 114, Azalea.OR. 97410, Phone # 541-832-2207

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Holcomb Wallow & Cedar Flat, February 2014

T39S,R6W,S10, Holcomb Wallow, Manual application of a herbicide (Atrazine, Hexazinone,2,4-D) 50 acres , South Fork Deer Creek and tributary to Bill Creek, non-fish bearing streams

T39S,R6W,S2, Cedar Flat, Manual application of a herbicide (Atrazine, Hexazinone, 2,4-D) 63 acres, tributaries to Munger Creek and Swamp Creek, non-fish bearing streams

Land owner:SFG HCK Timber Partnership, LP 572 Parsons Drive, Suite 124, Medford, OR 97501.541-494-4400

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January 2014

 

T 39S,R6W,S26, with an non-fish bearing tributary of Grayback creek, clear-cut overstory removal, cable retrieval, 88 acres, removal of 628 MBF

Owner : Indian Hill LLC, 200 Corporate Way, Grants Pass,Or 97526, 541- 476-7525

 

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Applegater article–Economic Value of Standing Forests

Published in the Applegater, Winter 2013:

Williams Community Forest Project met with the Josephine County Commissioners in October.  We requested that the commissioners directly and publically support programs which benefit the recreation and restoration industries, while conserving our O&C lands for ecosystem services. The following is some of the information supplied in the proposal.

Management of the O&C lands by the BLM dates back to 1937 when Congress passed the O&C Lands Act, providing for permanent forest production, protection of watersheds and regulation of stream flow, economic stability of local communities and timber industries, creation of recreational facilities, and provisions for reimbursing the O&C counties for the loss of tax revenue from the O&C lands.

“The O&C lands safeguard critical sources of drinking water, support fish and wildlife habitat, and provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.” (www.wildsalmoncenter.org/pdf/OregonandCaliforniaLands.pdf)

The most recent 2012 report from the Outdoor Industry Association notes that in Oregon outdoor recreation generates $12.8 billion in consumer spending, $4 billion in wages and salaries, $955 million in state and local tax revenue, and $141,000 directly in Oregon jobs.

Payments for ecosystem services create jobs.  A study by the Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon found that forest and watershed restoration projects have considerable economic impact and job growth potential. For every $1 million invested, 20 jobs and over $2.3 million in total economic activity were returned for river and road restoration; 13 jobs and $2.2 million in economic activity were generated from mechanical forest projects such as thinning; and 29 jobs and $2.1 million in economic activity could come from tree planting and manual thinning.

Headwaters Economics notes that “western non-metropolitan counties with protected federal lands had faster employment growth and higher per capita income.  Counties that had more than 30% of the county’s land base in federal protected status increased jobs by 345% over the last 40 years.  “Pristine natural amenities such as scenery and wildlife help sustain property value, attract new investment and knowledge-based workers.”

“Wild Pacific salmon are a central part of the culture, economy, and environment of Oregon.  Pacific salmon generate 28 million dollars of economic activity annually in Oregon, providing hundreds of jobs.” (www.wildsalmoncenter.org/pdf/OregonandCaliforniaLands.pdf)

In the Register Guard article “Costs of Logging O&C Lands Exceed Benefits,” Art Johnson and Ernie Niemi point out “Logging older bigger trees would produce not just dirtier water but less water.  The overall impact can be as much as 20 inches of water a year.  The cost over time to irrigators, fisherman, municipal water users and others would be equivalent to a one-time payment today of about $1000 per acre.  Logging releases into the atmosphere large amounts of carbon dioxide currently stored in the trees, roots and soils of the O&C lands…Current estimates of the monetary damage per ton of carbon dioxide suggests these effects range from at least $25,000 to $85,000 or more per logged acre.”

Niemi continues in “Economic Value of Goods and Services Produced by the O&C Lands With and Without Industrial Logging,” produced for the Pacific Rivers Council, “Congress is considering several proposals to increase logging on 200,000 or more acres of the O&C Lands in western Oregon managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  Price data for timberland indicate these lands would have a timber value of no more than about $5,000 per acre, and less than this amount if the existing environmental protections and ban on exporting logs from O&C Lands remain unchanged.  Industrial logging of these lands, however, would leave them unable to produce conservation-related goods andservices worth 10–20 times more than the timber value.”

Clean air and water, along with the beauty of our forested lands, are prominent factors in our economic future. These needs must be considered in the management of our public O&C forests, and logging for county funds is an economic loss.

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Dec. 18, 7pm-The Red Buttes Wilderness Natural & Cultural History

Williams Community Forest Project

invites you to a presentation by

 

Luke Ruediger

 

sharing an informative and beautiful view of our backyard;

The Red Buttes Wilderness Natural & Cultural History,

including adjacent wilderness and roadless areas of the

Grayback Range and Kangaroo Roadless area.

 

Wednesday December 18th  7:00 PM

Williams Grange

 

 Luke is the author of the recently released The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology.

To see Luke’s website go to: www.thesiskiyoucrest.blogspot.com

 

Popcorn and Drinks available

Donations appreciated for WCFP


 

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Dec. 17, 5:30-6:30: December Community Meeting

Community Meeting

Williams Library

Tuesday December 17, 5:30-6:30

Agenda includes:

O&C Forest proposals and what we can do to protect our public forests

SCA “Forest Management Education Day” on Jan. 11, 2014 from 9 to noon.

Williams IVM project by BLM updates

New volunteer opportunities

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Wyden’s O&C Bill released

Senator Wyden has released a long-anticipated bill to utilize O&C Forests for more timber production in an attempt to give revenues to the O&C Counties.

The following comes from Wyden’s press release in the Oregonian:

This might be the best chance to pass O&C legislation before at least some of Oregon’s timber counties become what Wyden termed “economic sacrifice zones.” Wyden is chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., is chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is the ranking Democrat. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is part of House leadership and has close ties to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. After 2014 elections, committee assignments will change and the odds of pushing a similar piece of public lands legislation through Congress likely will diminish.

But more importantly, Wyden’s plan makes sense. It seeks to roughly double timber harvests on O&C lands from the levels of the past 10 years, reduce litigation, protect old-growth trees, provide habitat for sensitive species, safeguard drinking water and fisheries, and create new conservation areas. To accomplish this, Wyden leans on “ecological forestry” concepts developed by Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and K. Norman Johnson of Oregon State University. Franklin and Johnson, two of the region’s leading forest scientists, helped develop the Northwest Forest Plan in the early 1990s.

Of course, disagreements arise from the details – some of which are certain to evolve as the legislation moves through Congress – more than from the principles. “We should be adapting what we’ve learned to how we manage the land,” said Steve Pedery, conservation director for Oregon Wild. However, Pedery disagrees with Wyden on how to make those changes.

In general, Oregon Wild and other conservation groups feel that the O&C plan undercuts the Northwest Forest Plan. Among other specific reservations, Pedery said the O&C plan was developed too quickly with too little input, doesn’t set aside enough new wilderness area and does not maintain reserves of older trees that don’t meet the old-growth cutoff of 120 years.

“What he’s trying to do is solve a political problem,” not improve forest management or the environment, Pedery said. And that’s the rub, no matter your point of view on logging and forest practices. Because this is a political problem – one that affects the ability of many rural Oregonians to earn a living.

See the bill with maps and information here:  www.wyden.senate.gov

This continues to be of primary focus for WCFP and your input is greatly appreciated.

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W320–2013 update

The W320 is currently for sale and although WCFP does not have the fiscal capacity to purchase the land, we would like to see it restored and encourage the community to entertain all options.
WCFP had a fund-raising campaign in 2011  and 2012 to raise money for the land’s purchase.  Hard work and diligence by the community were unfortunately not successful in raising sufficient funds.  Monies that were donated for the exclusive use of W320′s purchase were returned.  All other monies donated because of the cause are being used to further the organization’s efforts to protect our lands and raise awareness that our forests are our greatest treasure.  Thank you to all those who donated.

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