Jazz Timber on Mt Hood opened for logging, to destabilize Collawash Watershed

From PDX Indymedia. by John Lockhart. Dec 8:

Mt. Hood National Forest has released a Preliminary Assessment (PA) for the Jazz Timber Sale and comments are due by Monday, December 19th.

Bark Appeal for Comments on Jazz Timber Sale

The Jazz Timber Sale is proposed by the Forest Service to log 2,000 acres in the Collawash Watershed, the most geologically unstable watershed in Mt. Hood. The sale would require 11 miles of roads that have been previously decommissioned to be re-opened to facilitate logging and has prevented still more miles of roads that are damaging water quality and aquatic habitat from being decommissioned while the Jazz Timber Sale has been in the planning stages.

All citizens of the United States may comment on activities which take place on public land

Comments on the Jazz Timber Sale are due by Monday at 5:00 on December 19, 2011. To send a comment, go to Bark Jazz Timber Sale Action Page

In addition to the ecological impacts of the Jazz Timber Sale, Bark is concerned about the growing trend in Mt. Hood of planning timber sales that are so massive in size and spread over such a large area that on-the-ground review by the public is increasingly difficult. Public participation is a basic tenet of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but the Jazz Timber Sale is largely inaccessible due to snow and road closures and is dispersed over 30 square miles of the forest. This presents a true barrier for public participation in the review of the sale.

Perhaps most troubling of all, this massive timber sale is another example of the Timber Program in Mt. Hood National Forest trumping the importance of clean water, wildlife habitat and quiet recreation. The Forest Service is funneling money into planning and road maintenance for a timber sale that will negatively impact water quality and wildlife habitat while decimating beautiful forest. Meanwhile funding for Mt. Hood’s Recreation Program and improving roads leading to hiking trails are shelved in favor of the Jazz Timber Sale.

All citizens of the United States may comment on activities which take place on public land

Comments on the Jazz Timber Sale are due by Monday at 5:00 on December 19, 2011. To send a comment, go to Bark Jazz Timber Sale Action Page

Please contact us at 503-331-0374 or info@bark-out.org for more information about this sale or to join us for our upcoming event December 10th Comment Writing with Bark on the Jazz Timber Sale.
Bark Appeal for Comments on Jazz Timber Sale

homepage: http://www.bark-out.org
phone: 503-331-0374
e-mail: info@bark-out.org

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