Save the ancient trees and old growth in Opal Creek
Why? – the forest is under cleanup from fire damage and key trees for the eco system will be removed.
How? – The laws for Environmental Impact assessment have been removed meaning sensitive areas are less considered.
What? – Have a voice, read below
- The previous administration weakened environmental regulations for how the NFS goes about logging following forest fires.
- The Opal Creek Wilderness is at risk. NFS has permission to cut an estimated 14,000 acres INCLUDING OLD GROWTH/ANCIENT FOREST TREES
- The comment period will close on Monday March 22, but, There is something you can do
- Go Here: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=59519
Scroll down to the ”Option to Submit Comment Electronically” (you will have to provide your personal information so they know you’re an Oregonian)
- Use one of the provided comments below, or if you would, please write your own. The focus should be on requesting an environmental impact study to be done before any cutting.
- Do NOT put your name in the actual comment.
- Share this with your network, we NEED more comments.
To all concerned,
I am writing to call for an environmental impact statement (EIS) in the 2020 Fires Roadside Danger Tree Project and all other fire recovery efforts going forward.
We know that these EIS protections were removed in the last four years and the national government is still in the process of reinstating them. However, in the state of Oregon we need to make it very clear that an environmental impact statement will be required for every future fire remediation project. We live in an era of climate change, where we’re going to experience more fires and this issue is going to come up again and again.
Ancient trees in the USA are falling over. From the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park from high winds, to Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park from extreme heat, to Oregon’s own Oswald West State Park in 2009 which led to permanently closing the camping area (where the Oregon State Parks did the right thing and left the remaining trees in place). Oregon is uniquely positioned geographically in the US ecosystem to sustain these ancient forests as the climate changes around the United States. We need to do what we can to sustain the remaining ancient trees and spaces for rejuvenation in Oregon.
The Opal Creek Ancient Forest is one of Oregon’s gems. As Oregonians, it is in our best interest to take extra precaution and take care of every remaining ancient tree and the surrounding habitat. It is well known that ancient trees provide shelter and help in the recovery of damaged forests. The Opal Creek Ancient Forest is also an accessible space of rejuvenation and enjoyment for so many Oregonians. In these difficult, trying and unique times, we all need the opportunity to visit these spaces.
Thank you for your heartfelt understanding of these issues. I trust that you will proceed with caution and that the National Forest Service will implement “best practices” and do the right thing: conduct an EIS for the 2020 Fires Roadside Danger Tree Project and require an EIS in all Oregon projects going forward.