03. June 2020 - 22:00
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Timber Sale Comment Writing training | Wednesday, 03. June 2020

Registration is required for this workshop! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuc-6oqDksE9AhfFgfIYZUU0OiIqm_j1sx

Breaking a 20-year moratorium on logging in the Zigzag Ranger District, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing the Zigzag Integrated Resource Project. The project area includes approximately 2,700 acres of logging with timber production as the main motivation. This is in response to the Trump administration's increased timber targets. This project includes two areas: Horseshoe (from Old Maid Flat to Lolo Pass) and Mud Creek (south of Trillium Lake), and would mostly log by "thinning" with some "regeneration harvest" (a.k.a. clearcuts) proposed.

Bark's volunteer groundtruthers put boots on the ground throughout the project area to document the forest conditions in late 2019 and early 2020. After decades of recovery, these areas show some of the most robust salmon populations and habitat in Mt. Hood National Forest. The water and wildlife in these areas deserve our protection!

One of the most effective public tools against logging projects is a good NEPA comment. Experienced staff and volunteers will share their knowledge about how to write substantive comments to ensure that we have legal standing in the fight against the U.S. Forest Service logging in Zigzag. Get feedback on your points and drill down with the information that Bark’s groundtruthing efforts have generated so far with the support of Bark staff and experienced volunteers. It is a good idea to come up with some initial questions or concerns, and start on your research or rough drafts prior to the meeting!

We expect the next public comment period on this timber sale to open this summer. Visit https://www.bark-out.org/project/zigzag-timber-sale to see all the information that is available at this point in the process. Explore an interactive map and see if a place you love is on the chopping block by clicking this link, https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4f3944a7616d4f4db83943691018ca64&fbclid=IwAR1ZKhe1P34K3Vp-IfRRh9fpzj9yOA5rDKYDTpXRTb8fdrBhoe6Do3dFd28.