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BLM should protect roadless old-growth, not log it

I am writing in support of old-growth forests near the lower Rogue River.  The Medford BLM is moving forward with the Kelsey-Whisky project, which would cut ancient, roadless forests northwest of Grants Pass. These forests provide rare ecological and recreational assets to our communities.

The BLM recently auctioned off part of Kelsey-Whisky as the Upper East Kelsey timber sale. Upper East Kelsey would cut hundreds of acres of old-growth in the 46,000-acre Zane Grey Roadless Area – the largest forested roadless area administered by BLM in America.  The benefits of roadless areas and old-growth are well documented.  The long-term values of the Zane Grey better serve the American public than the short-term profit of old-growth logging.

Despite overwhelming opinion to protect old-growth and roadless forests, the BLM continues to convert the public’s old-growth into matchbook tree plantations.  Elected officials, fishermen, rafting companies, landowners and citizens have asked that the BLM not log old-growth, and to protect the Zane Grey as Wilderness.  

Conservationists and loggers agree that small-diameter thinning can result in healthier forests, local jobs and wood fiber.  Given the win-win nature of small-diameter timber sales, why is the BLM using tax dollars to push forward controversial old-growth and roadless logging?

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Grants Pass Daily Courier
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