An Action Alert from the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP) is asking people to help stop the Forest Service from moving forward on the 5 Buttes timber sale in Deschutes National Forest. At stake are over 3,000 acres of Northern Spotted owl habitat suitable for nesting, roosting and foraging. The Forest Service admits that the area would no longer be suitable habitat after the sale, which has no size limit for logging. The diverse forest includes old growth Sugar pine, Shasta Red fir, Grand fir, White pine, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir. While representatives of the Forest Service from the Crescent Ranger District claim the 5 Buttes sale is scheduled for later in the year, BMBP (a group which has been surveying timber sales in Eastern Oregon for 20 years) believes that the sale could begin destroying the area at any time.
Oregon is home to some of this country’s last remaining old growth, native forests. Tell the Forest Service to cancel the 5 Buttes sale now.
You can call the Deschutes Forest Supervisor and tell ’em how you feel at (541) 383-5300. And if that isn’t satisfying, call the people responsible for managing the sale at the Crescent Ranger District (541) 433-3200.
And if that don’t do it, get ready to strap on your climbing harnesses…