VICTORY: Thurston Hills “Pedal Power” — CANCELLED

Legal Counsel, Gabe Scott in the Thurston Hills Timber Sale Area

The Thurston Hills timber sale would have result in extensive “regeneration harvest” (all but clear-cutting) of 100 acres of middle-aged forest immediately adjacent to Willamalane’s recently opened 655-acre Thurston Hills Natural Area. Next to a neighborhood on 79th Street in Springfield on one side and to the new trails on the other, this BLM parcel was the closest federal public land to our urban area.

The BLM introduced plans to log this area in June of 2018, and the plan met immediate community resistance. For the next year, Cascadia worked with conservation partners and Thurston area neighbors to organize public hikes, town hall meetings, do door to door canvassing and file a legal challenge to this sale.

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

On September 19th 2019, Judge Michael MicShane of Oregon’s district court ruled in favor of Cascadia Wildlands and co-plaintiff Oregon Wild’s legal case, determining that the BLM violated federal laws when it sold off the 100 acres of public land in the Thurston Hills sale for clearcut logging. Siding with conservationists, recreationists and many Thurston Hills residents, the court ruled that clearcut logging would increase risk of wildfire for nearby communities, and that the BLM must adequately disclose those risks in their planning documents. As a result of this long fought battle, there will be no clearcuts in Thurston Hills!
Learn more about our legal victory to save Thurston Hills!