Cascadia Wildlands volunteers explore the Thurston Hills natural area and proposed "Pedal Power" project (photo courtesy of Michael Sherman).

Summer Field Checking Basecamp — August 9 -12, 2019

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August 9 - 12, 2019

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.

This trip will be in the N126 timber sale, a coastal forest located in the Siuslaw field office area. Since the winter, Cascadia's field checking has been visiting this timber sale to learn about the forest being proposed for commercial thinning and compare what our management bodies say in their documents with what is actually on the ground.

During this long weekend basecamp we'll spend time exploring and documenting what we find in the N126 sale, collecting information that can help us protect this local forest from irresponsible logging.. We'll offer trainings and skill shares throughout the weekend in topics including basic navigation, tree climbing, plant identification ad basic forest literacy. We'll also be located near to the Triangle Lake butt slides, so can enjoy one of he best local swim spots during down time!

Most food provided throughout the weekend.

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 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 large legacy trees, layered canopies, and diverse plant species. 

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