As fall brings colder weather and snow, Friends of the Clearwater (FOC) hosts its Annual Meeting and Potluck including FOC Board elections. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a virtual on-line meeting this year. Read below for more information.
Join us for the virtual Annual Meeting and Party on November 6 at 7 PM Pacific Time. There will be some presentations of 2020, an awards ceremony, a slide show made up of photos of the Clearwater country from Friends of the Clearwater members and supporters, and a toast at the end. If you would like to join, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-882-9755 and we will send you the online link.
We certainly hope we can return to the annual potluck in 2021. Many of us look forward the camaraderie of the event.
Help Protect Old Growth Forests
“Trees in old-growth are large and tall. Their lifespans exceed that of humans by centuries, so they serve as symbols of immortality. They embody the realms of the earth and spirit, because they are rooted deep in the earth and are so tall they touch the heavens. …Old growth opens a door to different experiences of space and time.”
– Robert G. Lee, author and scholar
Friends of the Clearwater asks you to demand the U.S. Forest Service protect—not log—our remaining old-growth forests.
“Old growth” is a refuge from our increasingly “managed” and commercialized forests. It also provides an important habit niche for many rare and imperiled wildlife species such as fisher, pine marten, northern goshawk, pileated woodpecker, white-headed woodpecker, wolverine, and Canada lynx.
The Forest Service’s 2019 draft Revised Forest Plan (draft RFP) for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests authorizes logging of most of our old growth on in the coming years. The extent of old growth on the Nez Perce-Clearwater is already far below the historic norm, due to wide-scale clearcutting over the past century.
The draft RFP deems much old growth to be “undesirable” based upon specious assertions. As a result, the Forest Service directs the clearcutting of thousands of centuries-old trees from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. And the draft RFP even directs the logging of “desirable” old growth, removing large old trees while still calling it “old growth.”
Comments can be submitted through the comment form linked below. We encourage you to personalize your message with the suggestions below, additional information found above, plus perspectives gained from your own experiences of old growth. You can email Forest Supervisor Probert at email@example.com or use our comment form below, which will copy the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Plan Revision email address. Please note that sometimes Internet browsers could interfere with submitting a comment through the form below; be sure to bcc yourself. If you received your comment at your email, you can be sure the Forest Service did, too. Click here and scroll down to use our comment form.