Alert: Ask the Forest Service to protect the Chetco Watershed

Following the 2017 summer wildfire season, timber industry interest groups are pushing for a post-fire public lands clearcutting bonanza. 

In particular, timber industry interests have their sights set on trying to muscle their way into the spectacular wild forests of the Chetco River directly adjacent to the west side of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. Already on adjacent private lands, the timber industry has done widespread clearcutting above the Chetco River (recent photo below, courtesy of H. Martin). 

  

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, to their credit, has largely gotten it right and is focusing post-fire management on existing timber plantations and roadside hazard trees. We need to voice support for protecting the Chetco watershed to the Forest Service, and ensure that they are not just hearing from timber interests. 

Please take a moment to send a quick letter to let the Forest Service know that you value the forests of the Chetco Watershed and that Big Timber does not speak for you.


The wild Kalmiopsis, looking west toward 2018 summer fires and the coast. Photo by Brodia Minter

The wild Kalmiopsis, looking west toward 2018 summer fires and the coast. Photo by Brodia Minter