The Late Mungers Protest was a huge success. We had over 40 people brave the weather to gather and make their voices heard at the BLM offices in Medford on February 27th.
The protest was opposing the proposed timber cuts that would impact mature trees in the Williams community area. Many community members hike in the areas that are proposed for harvest.
When we join together, we can make a difference.
We will keep you posted on any progress.
We also had coverage in the local newspaper!
Local organizations protest BLM’s Late Mungers project
Last Updated: February 27, 2023
MEDFORD, Ore. – Concerned Southern Oregon residents came together Monday at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Medford office to protest the BLM’s Late Mungers project.
“It has to stop, we aren’t going to let this happen,” rally organizer Cheryl Bruner said.
The BLM said the project is designed to make the landscape more resilient to wildfire.
The project involves 830 acres of commercial logging as well as 7,500 acres of prescribed fire and small tree thinning.
But not everyone is happy with the project.
Some local organizations like KS Wild and the Williams Community Forest Project said the project will involve old-growth logging, which are thicker, older trees that are less likely to catch on fire.
Bruner also doesn’t think the BLM is following regulations.
“This is our land. I mean the BLM is managing it, but this is public land,” Bruner said. “This isn’t their land. And they have to manage it according to certain laws.”
The BLM said it is good for the public to have an opportunity to have their voices heard, but they were clear that there is no old-growth logging in this project.
“We aren’t harvesting any trees that are larger than 36 inches in diameter or any trees that were established before 1850,” BLM Spokesperson Kyle Sullivan said. “The BLM values and protects larger and older trees, and this project is really designed to help those legacy trees.”
Two local organizations have said they will appeal the BLM’s decision to move forward with the project.
The project is tentatively set to begin in April.