In the Media: Not Going Flat

by Henry Houston
Originally published by on January 12, 2023

The U.S. Forest Service ended 2022 with a decision that local environmentalists are celebrating.

The federal agency decided to withdraw its plans for the Flat Country timber sale, which would have affected some more than 100-year-old trees in a nearly 75,000 acre project area in the Willamette National Forest near McKenzie Bridge.

Press Release: Over 100 “Kayaktivists” and Community Members Protest Old-Growth Logging

October 8, 2022

Leaburg, OREGON — Today, a “kayaktivist” flotilla of over 100 concerned community members rallied on the McKenzie River to protest an old-growth logging sale in the Willamette National Forest. The Flat Country project, proposed by the U.S. Forest Service, targets over 2,000 acres of old-growth and mature forests for logging across the headwaters of the McKenzie River. The agency could auction the old growth to be cut at any moment.   Attendees held up signs from boats and kayaks, and unfurled a large banner declaring “Forest Defense is Watershed Defense”, to draw attention to the logging sale’s impact on downstream drinking water.

Press Release: Mature and old-growth logging sale undermines Biden climate policy; threatens McKenzie River, habitat

August 2, 2022 — Today, old-growth forest and wildlife advocates provided the U.S. Forest Service the means to reconsider the pending Trump-era “Flat Country” timber sale in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. The vast majority of the proposed logging would be in mature and old-growth forests, with over 1,000 acres of clearcutting, even though President Biden this year ordered his administration to prioritize conserving these forests as a crucial climate protection.

Guest Opinion: QMS logging project will undermine Willamette National Forest recreation

by Nadene LeCheminant | Guest Opinion in The Statesman Journal
Originally published at 11:00am on December 24, 2021.

I moved to Oregon 16 years ago, drawn by its physical beauty. The Cascade Mountains are the primary reason I chose to live in Salem.

I was dismayed to learn about the proposed Quartzville-Middle Santiam logging project being planned in the Willamette National Forest. This massive project covers a staggering 89,000 acres between Detroit and Sweet Home.

Press Release: Post-fire Logging Halted on the Willamette National Forest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 3, 2021 Contacts: Nick Cady,, 314.482.3746Meriel Darzen,, 503.525.2725Doug Heiken,, 541.344.0675 Judge Halts Post-Fire Logging near Breitenbush Forest Service Unlawfully Changed Logging Contracts Following 2020 … Continue reading Press Release: Post-fire Logging Halted on the Willamette National Forest

VICTORY! Court Halts Roadside Post-fire Logging Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 5, 2021 Contacts:Oliver Stiefel, Crag Law Center, Lead Counsel,, 503-348-7928Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands,, 314-482-3746Doug Heiken, Oregon Wild,, 541-915-2329Travis Williams, Willamette Riverkeeper,, 503-890-1683 Judge … Continue reading VICTORY! Court Halts Roadside Post-fire Logging Project

Environmental groups sue over post-wildfire roadside logging plans

By Cassandra Profita (OPB)Originally published on OPB, Aug. 19, 2021 5:43 p.m. Lawsuit challenges plans to remove ‘danger’ trees along 400 miles of roads in Willamette National Forest Conservation groups … Continue reading Environmental groups sue over post-wildfire roadside logging plans