Pickett West Harms Forests and Communities

Stand up for your forests and your community. Send a letter to the BLM and ask them to protect forests and communities from the Pickett West timber sale. Ask the BLM to rethink its aggressive logging plans and instead work with impacted communities and neighbors to restore, rather than exploit our public lands.

Pickett West is not a light-touch restoration or thinning project. Rather it is an old-school timber grab that will harm wildlife and watersheds. Native forests on public lands will be reduced to 30% canopy cover without protections for old-growth forests, riparian areas, or large fire-resilient trees. 

KS Wild invests significantly in forest and landscape restoration. We are technical advisers on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project that has helped restore forests and protect communities in southern Oregon. We promote restoration projects in dozens of locations, have helped write technical prescriptions for restoration projects, and seek funding for projects that would restore forests throughout the region. We have done this across tens of thousands of acres and we support active management. Yet, the science shows us that more old-growth logging and clearcutting will make matters worse. Industry and their political champions that propose more to log the remaining big trees and to replace them with high production forests are not investing in solutions to restore forests

The Medford Bureau of Land Management’s “Pickett West” timber sale would intensively log 6,000-acres of low elevation forests in the Rogue, Illinois, and Applegate River Watersheds.