The N126 timber sale is 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 commercial thinning in 30-130 year old Late Successional Reserve (LSR) forests, which are specifically set aside to for spotted owl habitat and old growth characteristics under the Northwest Forest Plan. The BLM claims that the the forest within this sale is made up of mostly homogenous 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 many large legacy trees, layered canopies, and diverse plant species.
The BLM plans to release the Environmental Assessment for comment in late summer, which will be followed by a thirty-day public input period. In the meantime, Cascadia field checkers continue to visit the area.
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