The Biscuit Fire

Shock and Awe Logging Proposed for the Siskiyou
by Rolf Skar

The Forest Service has created some truly outrageous timber sales over the years, but the Bush Forest Service has just hit a shameful new low. Their plans to salvage log sensitive Biscuit fire affected forests in Oregon's Siskiyou Wild Rivers area is the largest logging project in the modern history of our National Forests.

How large is this extreme scheme? Hold onto your climbing harness. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) contains proposals for up to 1.02 BILLION board feet of logging across 60,000 acres. That's enough to create a chain of log trucks 2,700 miles long - stretching from Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains to the East Coast. The preferred alternative proposes 518 million board feet of logging including 12,000 acres of Inventoried Roadless Areas.

This monstrous timber sale threatens to shove chainsaws into the heart of the proposed Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area - a place renowned for its world-class biological diversity, beautiful rivers and huge roadless forests. It is also the place where, twenty years ago, Earth First! activists first used civil disobedience to defend forests at the Bald Mountain Road Blockades.

The Forest Service is planning to release a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision regarding their course of action in March or April - logging could begin shortly after that. If their chosen action is anything like the extreme, unlawful logging scheme they are currently proposing, it will be challenged in court.

There is a very real possibility that a Biscuit-specific salvage rider could be passed in the US Congress which would suspend environmental safeguards, and mandate massive post-fire logging. Your help is needed to make sure this does not happen. Call Senator Ron Wyden at (503) 326-7525 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (503) 326-7525      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Portland) or (541) 858-5122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (541) 858-5122      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Medford) and ask him to:
1. Oppose any legislation that abridges full, normal NEPA process on Biscuit fire management
2. Protect the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area as a National Conservation Area.
Go to www.siskiyou.org to learn more and take action and of course, plan on taking a trip to the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area this summer!

Rolf Skar is the campaign coordinator for the Cave Junction-based Siskiyou Project.

More Biscuit Fire Information

Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center (Fire Issues Page)
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center (Biscuit Action Alert Page)
The Siskiyou Project
Conservation Biology Institue
Federal Government Website