McKenzie

Save Our Climate and Protect Eugene’s Water Supply!

Stop the Massive “Goose” Logging Project

Within 50 miles of Oregon’s second largest urban area of Eugene/Springfield the Forest Service’s Goose Project proposes massive native forest logging (7,000 log truck loads) surrounding the town of McKenzie Bridge. Logging can commence any day!

This Goose timber production project created by the Willamette National Forest includes logging more than 2,000 acres of publicly owned forests surrounding the community of McKenzie Bridge. The plan includes logging a thousand acres of native forest inside an ancient wild road-less area greater than 5,000 acres in size contiguous with the Andrew’s Experimental Ancient Forest Reserve.

Since 2010, the Goose timber sale proposal has been portrayed to the public at large as a “fire fuels reduction” and “restoration” project. In reality this logging of native forest will only encourage the growth of understory vegetation thus increasing fire fuel loads in the long term. To add insult to injury, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has given approval to “incidentally take” the lives of 5 listed “Threatened” northern spotted owls.

Even if all the above didn’t get your heart pounding, the logging will retard the ability of the forest ecosystem to take in and store carbon for at least 50 years. Based on U.S. Department of Interior data we estimate that the Goose project logging will prevent the storage of at least 500,000 tons of carbon over the next 50 years.
IMG_2542View of the roadless area and sections of the Goose timber sale.

 

Goose History/Timeline:

On April 23 of 2012 after much community opposition to the Goose timber project, Cascadia Forest Defenders took-up direct action by occupying a tree-sit platform in a 250 year-old Douglas fir within US Forest Service Goose project sale unit. The Cascadia Forest Defenders called for an immediate halt of the proposed sale.

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In 2012 the project called for logging on 1,817 acres, 1765 of which was to be “thinned”, 322 acres more intensely logged into mini clear-cuts of 1-3 acres; 43 acres virtually clearcut (6-15 trees left standing), and 11 acres with largest trees left uncut. The original sale was expected to produce 38 million board feet timber (according to Oregon Live).

The project “implementation” started in 2011 when 3 harvest contracts (timber sales) were sold—two to Seneca Sawmill and one to Freres Lumber.

In May 2012 Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild sued and temporarily halted the project via court order, saying the USFS failed to disclose enough information about potential environmental impacts of the project.

In 2013 Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wild, and Western Environmental Law Center, stated the sale was controversial for its mature forest clear cutting, extensive logging in McKenzie River riparian areas, and building roads within potential-wilderness area of Lookout Mountain.

On March 26, 2013, District Court of Oregon ordered USFS to do “a more thorough environmental analysis”. Specifically, USFS was ordered to write an environmental impact statement (EIS).

February 2016: Willamette National Forest EIS proposes “fuel reduction” and commercial logging on 2,452 acres, with the logging to include “thinning”, “regeneration harvest” (another name for a clear-cut), and creating “gaps”—small clear cuts. USFS claims the project is necessary “to provide a sustainable supply of timber products” (about 35 million board feet of fiber), “improve the forest structure”, and “reduce fuels” around urban areas in McKenzie Bridge. About 700 letters were received regarding Goose, most of which opposed it.

An Official Record of Decision was signed February 2, 2016. Through the EIS the Willamette National Forest made its forest ecosystem degradation plan more thoroughly documented but no less ecologically impactful.

The McKenzie Ranger District of the Willamette Nat’l Forest has already been heavily impacted by 60 Years of logging and road building carnage and we are prepared to defend Eugene’s sole drinking water source as well as the climate stabilizing and carbon storing 120-150 year- old trees that are slated to be slaughtered to increase the profits for a handful of wealthy timber moguls.

Please Help Us Stop the Forest Service from Logging Our Last Ancient Forest Ecosystems and Degrading Our Water, Our Community, and Our Climate!

Save Trapper

The 157-acre Trapper timber sale, located on the McKenzie District of the Willamette National Forest, threatens the clean water supply of Eugene and Springfield, as well as some of the last native and old-growth forests in Oregon. Seneca Jones, a Eugene-based timber company, bought rights to the trees in 1999. The sale has been controversial ever since.

The sale is habitat for red-tree voles and northern spotted owl, both endangered species. The contentious sale is disregarding the opinions of communities near to the sale. The decision to cut this area has the potential to set a precedent for future sales in the Willamette National Forest.

Cascadia Forest Defensers has been defending this place for over 10 years. They implemented a tree sit in 2011 to draw attention to one of the larger units. After litigation from Cascadia Wildlands, a federal judge has ordered the Forest Service to do more thorough analysis for threatened species. McKenzie River District Ranger Terry Baker says the revised Trapper is no longer a learning experiment. The acreage had to be reduced to avoid damaging habitat for spotted owls. But the agency is under contract with Seneca Sawmills for the timber.

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