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People Power Stopped this Disaster of a Timber Sale, But BLM Still Pushes Old-Growth Logging that Increases Fire Danger

 Local community members from the Applegate, Illinois, and Rogue Valleys visit unit 3-11 of the new Clean Slate Timber Sale (formerly Pickett West Timber Sale). Photo credit: Dean Hawn

Local community members from the Applegate, Illinois, and Rogue Valleys visit unit 3-11 of the new Clean Slate Timber Sale (formerly Pickett West Timber Sale). Photo credit: Dean Hawn

The Bureau of Land Management took action that halts new timber sales under the Pickett West project. It’s a great victory for community action. Thank you!

The BLM got the message that you helped deliver: We can’t let our old, fire-resilient forests be logged into stump fields and converted to tree plantations. It only increases fire danger. Streamside logging will pollute our rivers. Salmon and wildlife will be forever harmed. Our public lands deserve better.

But guess what BLM’s replacement for Pickett West does? Yup. The new Clean Slate timber sale in the same place is still proposing to log our old forests, increase fire danger, and cut trees along streamsides. We need a new direction for BLM.