Fallen trees are important for storing carbon and renewing the forest and soil!
Your emails are needed to help protect the Hall Creek, Bond Creek and other trail areas from blowdown "salvage" logging!
The Hall Creek and Bond Creek trail areas were logged/thinned under the Sixmile Fuels Reduction Project a few years ago, allowing recent wind storms to penetrate the forest canopy and topple even more trees.
Now the Swan Lake Ranger District wants to remove the fallen trees in the name of "fuels reduction salvage logging" even though it is the tree limbs that burn during a fire, not the trunk the logs are cut from!
Under this fuels reduction "logic," the forest won't be healthy or safe until all the trees are gone!
Here are some suggestions:
1. Remove or move aside only those portions of blowdown trees that are blocking roads and trails.
2. Leave the tree trunks in the forest where they continue to store carbon for decades and renew the next generation of trees and soils.
3. As little as 15% of a logged tree's carbon is stored in a forest product for a short time, the rest is burned and goes into the atmosphere!
4. If you want to reduce the flammable fine fuels found in the limbs and needles, please do this by hand-slashing, hand-piling and burning them.
5. Please protect all area trails and thank you for not proposing salvage logging in Krause Basin's unique hemlock forests!
Click here for our letter with more details and rationale.
Click here for our supplemental comment letter with photos comparing heavy blowdown in previously logged forests to little or no blowdown in unthinned forests!
Click here for the March Madness Blowdown Salvage brochure, map and announcement of May 30 field tours.
Thank you for taking a few moments to speak up for the safekeeping of your public trails and forests!
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat!
Keith Hammer photo.