Nyla, age 6, holds a sign "Protect the future" while she addresses the crowd of over 100 fellow protesters at the BLM Interagency Office in Grants Pass Oregon last week. Watch the video to see more from the big event...
Marvelous patches of lowland forests surround the Lower Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois River Valleys. Clean water, ancient trees, and phenomenal recreation opportunities are found on these public forestlands, enriching our communities. Now, the Bureau of Land Management is going after thousands of acres of the best forests we have left.
Zinke is clear that he wants to remove the Monument’s protections and hand over the forests to timber companies. Aggressive logging on 16,591 acres of land currently protected for the Monument’s unique wildlife is an obvious goal of the recommendations. In the long term, there is a suggestion that more than half of the Monument could be axed.
The Siskiyou Crest is one of the most biologically, botanically, and geologically special places in the world. It is also a climate change refuge for plants and animals and a recreational wonderland. It is no place for clearcut logging. So we had to stop it.
Following decades of fire suppression and logging that created dense young forests, a return to ecosystem resiliency requires thinning second-growth plantations, retaining large trees and forest canopy, and returning the role of fire to these fire-dependent forests.
A suite of species depend on fire for their life cycles. Healthy stands of white and purple Ceanothus burst forth after fire and provide for a suite of pollinators. Knobcone pines love the heat that enables their cones to release seeds. Black- backed woodpeckers thrive by foraging amongst blackened snags. Fire is as necessary as water is to the local forest ecosystem.