Join the Cascadia Wildlands WildCAT field checking team for a weekend exploring a local timber sale and learning the ropes of field checking for forest defense!
Cascadia’s field checking team visits timber sales across the region to double check what the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management say in their timber sale proposals with what the forest actually looks like on the ground. Often, our field checking teams find legacy trees, special plant species or unique habitat that can help us better engage with and fight problematic timber sales.
We’ll spend this weekend exploring the timber sale and collecting information that can help us protect this local forest from irresponsible logging.
More about the N126 timber sale:
The N126 timber sale is a commercial thin proposal located in coastal rainforest north of highway 126 in the Bureau of Land Management’s Siuslaw field office. The BLM is currently planning 25,000 acres of thinning in 30-130 year old Late Successional Reserve (LSR) forests, which the Northwest Forest Plan specifically set aside to for promoting spotted owl habitat and old growth characteristics. The BLM claims that the forest within this sale is made up of mostly homogeneous stands in need of commercial thinning, but our sit-visits have shown otherwise. While there are indeed a number of young plantations in the sale that could benefit from fire-wise thinning, many of the units in N126 are healthy forests with large legacy trees, layered canopies, and diverse plant species.