U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has signed a Decision Notice for the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage Project, an over 4,000 acre clearcut logging project. It is very disappointing! This project demonstrates that the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is more concerned with helping the timber industry make a profit than protecting important post-fire habitat in the beautiful Chetco River Watershed. Is this the direction our local land management agency is heading under the Trump administration? Profit over ecology? ... See more
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. has signed a Decision Notice for the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage Project.
The selected alternative will treat approximately 4,090 acres or 2.5% of the Chetco Bar Fire footprint, with a rough estimate of 71 million board feet of proposed timber salvage harvest.
“Salvaging these fire-killed trees will help local businesses and communities recover economically while funding post-fire recovery efforts like tree planting that can foster resilient forest conditions and contribute to future timber production,” said George.
The decision for the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage Project is time-critical. The fire-killed trees in the Chetco Bar Fire project area have begun to deteriorate and the deterioration will continue to a point that tree salvage will become economically infeasible.
Lack of revenue from tree salvage will threaten accomplishment of other restoration goals including fuel reduction, watershed protection, and reforestation. In order to be successful, this project must be implemented as soon as possible this year before the operating season is closed by fall or winter storms.
Implementation of the project is expected to begin with the first sales from the project anticipated to sell in July.
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