The McKenzie Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest has created the Green Mountain timber sale which includes more than 4,700 acres of logging with nearly 500 acres comprised of ancient forest ecosystems (like the one picture below) in the South Fork McKenzie River watershed south and west of the Cougar Reservoir adjacent to Forest Road 19 which borders the Three Sisters Wilderness Area.
To see a copy of the Willamette National Forest Scoping document for the Green Mountain Project in the South Fork McKenzie River bordering the Three Sisters Wilderness.
To see a Willamette/McKenzie District Generated Map showing units (but conspicuously not the border of the Three Sisters Wilderness). FYI. Regeneration Harvest described in this maps is another name for clearcut or even aged harvest logging.
The South Fork McKenzie River still supports threatened Bull trout as well as other ESA listed threatened species like the Peregrine Falcon and the Northern Spotted owl.
Pictured below is a small sample of some of the ancient forest (some trees estimated to be well over 150 years old and forest soils that are thousands of years old) proposed to be logged as part of the Green Mountain project.
We are hearing from our friends with the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project that the Forest Service Districts east of the Cascade Crest are also proposing timber sales in ancient forest to increase the cut levels.
In essence these new logging projects in ancient forest across Oregon are acts of desperation by politicians and agencies to create jobs in a failing economic system that is based on destructive extraction and fossil fuel dependence.
It is sad to note that Oregon's mainstream environmental groups seem to be asleep at the helm to head off these ancient forest timber sales. They are seemingly too fat with salaries and benefits from "collaborating" corporate funded foundations to take notice.
Here is what some units would look like after cut. This "regeneration harvest" unit adjoins unit 5810 pictured above. It was logged more than 20 years ago at nearly 5,000 feet in elevation and still has not recovered and likely will not in anyone's lifetime. A tree plantation is in the background that was likely logged more than 30 years ago.
What Can You Do about this?
Please Contact the Forest Service Personnel below and let them know you are opposed to such plans to log these areas.
Meg Mitchell, Forest Supervisor
3106 Pierce Parkway Suite D
Springfield OR 97477
E-mail: Supervisor's Office
Terry Baker, District Ranger
57600 McKenzie Hwy
Write a letter to the editor showing your displeasure with the idea that politicians, agencies (and Oregon's environmental groups) would allow a return to the good old days of ancient forest logging with impunity.
Here is a sample of some of the ancient trees within another Green Mountain unit that was dropped from the proposal.
Below is a sample of a recent (2010) Northwest Forest Plan regeneration harvest (a clear-cut with a smily face) near the Green Mountain project and the Chucksney Mountain road-less area.Many of the Green Mountain logging units could look like this below if allowed to proceed.