You Can Object to Huge Clearcuts Near Swan Lake Today!

You can send a two-minute email today objecting to half-square-mile clearcuts proposed above Swan Lake!

It may be too late to object to the above "landscape restoration" clearcuts on Sixmile Mountain, but you have until Feb 9 to object to huge clearcuts being planned to "reduce fire danger" on the other side of Swan Lake!

Please send a quick email today to Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Regional Forester Leanne Marten (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). Put "Bug Creek - Exceed Max Opening" in the subject line.

Tell them you object to the oversized clearcuts being planned under the Bug Creek Project on Crane Mountain because:

1. They violate the Flathead Forest Plan standard limiting the maximum size to 40 acres.

2. They will be ugly.

3. They will leave wildlife without hiding cover or shade, leaving them more vulnerable to poaching and heat stress, and will leave birds with no trees to nest in.

4. They will greatly increase the spread of wildfire because they dry out the forest floor, produce more ignitable fuels like grass, brush and dense stands of little trees, and are conducive to higher wind speeds that fan the flames.

5. They don't decrease the spread of wildfire by keeping forest openings limited to the 15 meters recommended by science.

Click here for our email summarizing and attaching the most recent fire science.

Click here for our comment letter detailing other problems with excessive clearcut sizes.

Click here for the Forest Service's invitation for you to comment on its excessively sized clearcuts on Crane Mountain.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments to fight massive clearcutting on the Flathead National Forest!

 

 

 

This article published on February 02, 2021 • [Permalink]