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Red Buttes Wildlands Slated For “Salvage” Logging

Forests need fire, not logging. The Klamath National Forest plans to exploit the rejuvenating Goff fire to log some of the largest trees in the Kangaroo Roadless Area.

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The Red Buttes wildlands, and the Kangaroo Roadless Area within it, are renowned for their spectacular beauty, botanical diversity, wildlife habitat, and backcountry forests. Indeed, the Kangaroo Roadless Area is one of the largest, most intact unprotected forested landscapes on the west coast. Every year, thousands of backpackers, birders, botanists, hunters and Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers come to the Kangaroo to experience a fast-vanishing part of our American heritage: intact wildlands.

In the summer of 2012, a lighting strike started the Goff fire—returning rejuvenating fire to this fire-evolved and fire-dependent landscape. The Goff fire cleared brush and fine fuels, restored meadow habitats and botanical hotspots, and created snag patches that benefit many wildlife species; in short it did what fire is supposed to do in a healthy, wild forest.

The Klamath National Forest sees this as a once-in-lifetime opportunity to log this otherwise protected roadless area. They are developing a proposal to use helicopters to remove the largest, most economically valuable, old-growth snags in the roadless area that provide the best wildlife habitat. 

Please take a moment to send a quick note to the Forest Service letting them know that you care about the irreplaceable wildlife and wildland values of the Kangaroo Roadless Area and oppose their plans to exploit the fire to log this special landscape.