Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, challenged the Goose timber sale which involves extensive logging around the town of McKenzie Bridge. The controversial project involves mature forest clearcutting, extensive logging in riparian areas which feed the McKenzie River, and logging and road building within the Lookout Mountain potential wilderness.
In 2013, Federal Judge Ann Aiken ordered the Forest Service to do an Environmental Impact Analysis on the Goose Project. The draft EIS has been released. The Forest Service is now looking for public comment on the Goose Project, a nearly 2,500 acre logging proposal in the Willamette National Forest near McKenzie Bridge. It targets older forests, involves regeneration harvest, clear-cut logging, and would impact heavily riparian areas (riparian areas are where land and rivers or streams meet), areas that contribute to water quality and fish species.
Nick Cady, Legal Director, was on NPR yesterday talking about the Goose Project, listen to the 1 minute discussion by following this link.
There are two public meetings on the Goose Project this week. The public meetings are tonight, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 5 to 8 at Leaburg Fire Hall, and the evening of Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 5 to 8 at Upper McKenzie Community Center.
You can also send your comments through the US Forest Service website.
Photo: Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service 2 years ago over concerns the agency hadn’t done enough analysis of how the Goose project would affect wildlife habitat, including the threatened northern Spotted Owl (photo courtesy Cascadia Wildlands).