The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has set a Friday January 5 public comment deadline for the troublesome Center-Johnson Timber Sale. The “wildland urban interface” proposal is calling for over 3,000 acres of commercial logging in an area of the forest that already offers little forest canopy – the project area is dominated by native shrubs and grasslands. In the words of our Board President, “One might call this project area gerrymandering if it were being done by politicians.”
To make matters worse, there is not an adequate analysis of how the project may impact native fish and wildlife species, including the fact that the proposal fails to show that the watershed is an “upward trend,” in terms of water quality standards. Please read our full action alert with other concerns and talking points, and use the electronic comment form provided.
The Forest Service has invited the public to submit comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Plan Revision. There are no meetings currently scheduled for the Palouse, so we are going to hold one for citizens! Join us in the Fiske Room of the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third Street in Moscow, on Thursday January 25 from 5:30 – 7:30pm to write letters encouraging the agency to include FOC’s Citizen Alternative in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Our proposal would ensure that standards are maintained for water quality, old growth and fish and wildlife habitat, and strong protections remain for roadless areas and free-flowing rivers.
Henry C. & the Willards are playing a benefit concert for FOC at One World Cafe, 533 S. Main in Moscow, on Saturday January 27 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. Suggested donation is $5.00 at the door. All proceeds go towards public lands programming, and protecting fish and wildlife habitat in the Clearwater Basin of north-central Idaho.
Thank you for submitting a comment on the Center-Johnson Timber Sale, and we hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming community events!
Education & Outreach Director