Tell Public Land Managers to Stop Increasing Fire Hazard
We need more restoration in our public forests.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) knows that big, old trees are the most fire-resistant trees in a forest. They also understand that converting mature forests into dense, young tree plantations increases fire hazard. However, the Medford BLM has marching orders to maximize timber harvests over forest conservation or restoration.
Public land managers should be promoting projects that encompass a wide range of restorative measures like prescribed fire and thinning timber plantations. They should not be promoting timber sales that will increase fire hazard.
"Regeneration logging" removes mature forest stands and replaces them with timber plantations that increase fire hazards for decades. Regeneration logging and associated logging road construction also harms a wide variety of watershed and wildlife values of importance to me. Over the past year, the BLM has released several timber sale plans that are focused on "regeneration logging" in southwest Oregon's public forests. The BLM's own analysis states that "regeneration" will increase fire hazard for decades. We need the BLM to focus on forest restoration and community protection, instead of trying to maximize profits for the timber industry.
Here comes "Poor Windy"
BLM leadership has taken the position that timber production is the primary function for western Oregon's public forests. They are throwing watersheds, wildlife, and outdoor recreation under the bus, while actually increasing fire hazard and decreasing fire resiliency!
The Poor Windy planning area is already largely defined by timber industry clearcuts and the impacts of widespread BLM logging through the watersheds, land managers need to now focus on thinning the vast number of timber plantations that already exist, as opposed to removing what little mature, native forests still remaining.