The Forest Service is continuing its assault on our National Forests. The agency plans to drastically increase logging levels. Not that long ago, the timber program on the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests was more sustainable (though still too high to meet fish and water quality standards). The Clearwater Basin Collaborative has served to give the Forest Service “green cover” to rapidly increase logging levels. The past several months have seen a plethora of proposed logging. The Smith Ridge Timber Sale is one of those projects.
This timber sale is adjacent to the Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area on the Clearwater National Forest and along the road from Isabella Landing to Smith Ridge. Damaging logging has taken place in the past on these steep slopes. The Forest Service is now proposing to log 500 acres and build an unspecified number of so-called temporary roads. This is unfortunately the only opportunity for public input as the agency will make a quick decision under what is called a Categorical Exclusion with abbreviated public comment and no real environmental review.
Comments are due November 16. Please use our below comment form or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Smith Ridge in the subject line.
You can mail comments to:
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
North Fork Ranger District
Attn: District Ranger
12730 US Highway 12
Orofino, ID 83544
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End date: Nov 16, 2018
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