Letters to the Editor

Artley letter: U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has crossed the line this time

I know this is hard to believe, but the forest supervisors of the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (all in northeast Oregon) have proposed a commercial timber sale called the Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project. They propose to log 953 square miles.

This proposed timber sale is 40 percent the size of the state of Rhode Island. This is easily the largest timber sale in agency history.

They use all the usual U.S. Forest Service excuses to log public land. They claim the trees “have become denser” and if it’s not logged “the economic livelihood of several communities is threatened by the potential loss of jobs.” They even claim the logging will “restore” the natural resources.

Please comment on this project. I know the sale is proposed in Oregon, but if they get away with this it will set precedent for massive timber sales like this in other states.

Dick Artley (U.S. Forest Service-retired), Grangeville