EAST FORK FIRE TIMBER SALE PROPOSED BY FOREST SERVICE
Your WILD VOICE needs to sing by APRIL 19!
The Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Evanston Ranger District, is proposing a major timber harvest within the East Fork Fire area. As you will recall, the East Fork Fire burned about 14,000 acres on the western North Slope last year. The proposed salvage timber sale is now in the scoping process and will result in an Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due April 19 and should be sent to:
If you choose to email your comments, send them to: Steve Ryberg email@example.com and copy to Larry Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org. Insist on a return receipt. Be very clear in your subject line that these are formal scoping comments for the East Fork Fire Timber Sale!
The PROPOSAL by the Forest Service is to harvest dead and scorched trees from 24 harvesting units, 1,150 acres of spruce and lodgepole pine. This harvesting would occur on the lower reaches of the East Fork Bear, Mill Creek and West Fork Blacks Fork. Approximately 6.5 miles of temporary roads would be constructed. No timber harvesting or road building would occur within any of the North Slope Roadless Area. Green trees and unmerchantable dead trees (<8 diameter) would not be harvested. Snag trees for wildlife would be left standing.
The GOOD STUFF in the proposal is:
The PROBLEMS with the proposal are:
WHAT THE PROPOSAL SHOULD DO:
A sample letter is pasted below. Use it as you would like, either to get you started or to simply submit with your name.
The important point is to write your wild voice is important and will be the only way we can establish a foundation to make this proposal ecologically meaningful.
Dear Mr. Ryberg:
Please accept these comments on the East Fork Fire timber sale. Your decision not to harvest timber or build roads in the roadless area and to complete an Environmental Impact Statement is commendable.
However, the purpose and need for this proposal should be portrayed as restoring ecological processes to the region. Post-fire logging has generated a great deal of concern and may aggravate ecological recovery.
It is important is to allow natural recovery. No management activity, including temporary road building, should hamper soil integrity. An alternative with no road building at all should be considered.
The scorched and dead trees the project proposes to remove have high ecological value and patches of standing dead and scorched trees should be left unharvested.