Monday, July 9, 2007

#165 WILD NORTHWEST, July 9, 2007
A Message from Conservation Northwest
=====Keeping the Northwest Wild=====

Protect Lynx Habitat and Old Trees in the Okanogan
Comment now to restore old-growth forests and protect wildlife habitat

Write to the Forest Service to let them know that logging big old trees and logging in sensitive lynx habitat should not be part of the Tripod post-fire timber sale. In May, the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest proposed to log nearly 3,000 acres of forest northeast of Winthrop that burned in last summer’s Tripod fire. The proposal targets large old trees and habitat critical to survival of threatened Canada lynx. Post-fire logging in this area will also harm fragile soils and further degrade watersheds that are already not functioning properly.

Please comment through our action system by Monday, July 16, 2007. Let the Forest Service know that you value large, old trees; clear water; and wildlife such as lynx, and that this controversial project is not how the agency should be directing its limited resources and taxpayers' money. It should instead focus on restoring dense, unburned dry forests near communities to reduce risks from wildfire and protect people, their homes, and habitat for wildlife

Or contact:
Forest Supervisor Jim Boynton
Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest
24 Chewuch Rd.
Winthrop, WA 98862

Read more about Tripod post-fire logging.

Learn how a dead tree is good for the forest and forest creatures.

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