HIGH UINTAS PRESERVATION COUNCIL ALERT WEST FORK BEAR TIMBER SALE PROPOSAL
Good HUPC Members and Friends,
The Evanston Ranger District on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing yet another major timber sale!
Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) are due September 30 and should be sent to:
Within the 16,000 acre West Fork Bear River landscape, the Forest Service proposes to:
This proposal is a multi-year project and could extend for well over a decade and occur in a Lynx Analysis Unit (lynx are a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.) The DEIS concedes wildlife habitat for lynx, woodpeckers, and many other species would be denigrated!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The most important thing you can do is let you wild voice sing. While no roadless areas are involved in the harvesting proposal, almost all of the forests to be harvested would require temporary road construction to access them. The West Bear landscape is composed of discontinuous forest stands broken by massive sagebrush/grass/forbs and parklands with elevations around 9,000-10,000 feet. Thus the threat of escaping wild fire is minimal and forested insect impacts are of less concern because of the discontinuous stands of trees. The area is a roaded landscape and a primary snowmobile and ATV recreational destination. Nonetheless, the headwaters are within a roadless area and much of the area is still unharvested and recognized as an important wildlife corridor. According to the DEIS, the primary reason the area is not considered to be “properly functioning” has been past Forest Service management of not allowing fires to burn in areas where fire defines the structure of the forest!
+Suggest the Evanston Ranger District:
A letter might look like this (cut, paste, add or subtract as you please):
I have a few comments on the West Fork Bear River timber sale proposal. Thank you for preparing a draft EIS and for assuring no timber harvesting or road building occurs on the roadless headwaters country.
To protect these values and recognize the ecology of the area, please harvest only in the suitable timber base with small uneven aged harvesting techniques, without any new temporary road construction, and with the primary emphasis being on utilizing prescribed and wildland fire to mimic natural ecological processes. It has been past management practices that have made the area “dysfunctional” so future management must emphasize natural processes rather than heavy-handed Forest Service management.
High Uintas Preservation Council