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LETTER: Time to comment on get-out-the-cut plan

Published on March 17, 2017 6:56PM

The Malheur National Forest has proposed the Camp Lick timber sale 10 miles northeast of John Day in the Upper Camp Creek, Lower Camp Creek and Lick Creek subwatersheds that drain into the Middle Fork John Day River.

Supervisor Steve Beverlin has announced he will amend two forest plan standards to allow more logging. Amendment 1 will eliminate 700 acres of existing, dedicated old growth. Amendment 2 will allow removal of old-growth trees greater than or equal to 21 Inches DBH (see page 44 of the Camp Lick draft EA).

Maintaining large old-growth trees is important. This is why the standards are in his forest plan to save them. Forest plans should be amended for good reason. Amending the plan to get-out-the-cut isn’t appropriate.

The comment period closes April 8. The EA is posted online and is available in hard copy by calling 541-575-3100.

Dick Artley

Grangeville, Idaho


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