Forest Service Public Meeting: called for by County Commissioners

Pro-Timber County Commissioners Hope to Pressure the Forest Service Into “Salvage” Clearcutting in the Chetco Watershed.

Mixed severity burns from this summer's Chetco Bar fire. Only 7% of the burned area was determined to be 'high severity.'

Mixed severity burns from this summer's Chetco Bar fire. Only 7% of the burned area was determined to be 'high severity.'

Posted December 11th, 2017.  Its no secret that the timber industry and their allies, the Jackson County Commissioners, would love to use wildfires as an excuse to throw out the rulebook and clearcut post-fire forests on steep slopes in some of our most productive salmon-bearing watersheds. What is a secret is that the timber industry hopes to “pack the room” Thursday night to intimidate the Forest Service officials into ignoring the harmful impacts of post-fire logging on recovering soils, watersheds, and wildlands. Come help the Forest Service stand up to the timber industry bullies and their politicians who see wildfire as an excuse to promote clearcut logging.



Please join us for this public meeting - we have to show up together as a community and speak truth to power.

2017 Summer Fire Briefing with Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest

Thursday, December 14th, 6:00 pm

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Office

3040 Biddle Rd, Medford, OR 97504

***Please get there early since there are only 60 seats and we know the timber industry is already organizing their supporters. We will have signs and information sheets to reinforce the science and truth of fire and forests.


Read about the 2017 Chetco Bar fire, Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest:

Read more about the 2017 Chetco bar fire in the Kalmiopsis region, and what land managers have learned since the 2002 Biscuit fire in our blog post.

Read more about the 2017 Chetco bar fire in the Kalmiopsis region, and what land managers have learned since the 2002 Biscuit fire in our blog post.

Chetco Bar fire quick stats:

Logging old forests increases fire danger. Still, the timber industry spends millions to spread the lie that replacing old-growth forests with tree plantations somehow makes your family safer.

Logging old forests increases fire danger. Still, the timber industry spends millions to spread the lie that replacing old-growth forests with tree plantations somehow makes your family safer.

  • Detected and Reported date: July 12, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Acreage as of Sept. 25, 2017: 191,067+ acres
  • Containment as of Sept. 25, 2017: 97 percent contained
  • Resources assigned as of Sept. 25, 2017: 730 personnel
  • Total cost for all Agencies as of Sept. 6, 2017: $60.9 million

Check out this timeline of the Chetco Bar fire

by the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest for a detailed break-down of how the first started and how the Forest Service responded.

"“At one point, I remember it taking me 30 minutes to move about 20 feet. I was having to cut away brush to clear a narrow path. I kept falling, and basically had to belly crawl across the slope. The extremely steep slopes covered in madrone and tan oak leaves made it very difficult to walk, especially downhill because of how slippery the ground cover was,” he said. By the time he returned to the helispot, his pants (Nomex and Kevlar) were in tatters. “I kept thinking to myself, ‘It’s too steep, too dangerous in here.”

- Senior firefighter in Chetco Bar fire response 2017


Learn more about what firefighters, scientists, and local citizens are saying about wildfire and our forests:

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