Jim Roden

Clackamas River Ranger District

595 NW Industrial Way

Estacada, OR

comments-pacificnorthwest-mthood-clackamasriver@fs.fed.us

 

 

I apologize for filing my comments on the last day.  In the past that was intentional, in this case I had every intention of filing earlier but holiday’s, vacations, and unexpected snow delayed me enough so that in spite of my best intentions the result is the same as always.

I am pleased to see that the Clackamas River Ranger District has taken a leading role in promoting logging projects that promote restoration of monoculture plantations.  These restoration silvicultural projects should be cause for pride due to their many technically advanced characteristics such as variable density thinning, skips and gaps, restoration thinning of Late Succession Reserves (LSRs) and Riparian Reserves, etc.  So why is it that, even with so much to be proud about, this project was released in a manner that worked to minimized public examination (short comment period occurring over long holiday season)?  Why hide the project?  Further, why does this project still employ (what appears to be) intentionally deceptive wording such as “no road construction is proposed within Riparian Reserves” coupled with phrases clearly intended to obfuscate that point (does “the temporary roads are located on dry stable landforms and do not cross any streams” mean that they are located in Riparian Reserves or not?).  While the District’s approach on these types of issues may be technically professional, isn’t it overdue for the District to be more stand-up about their projects and isn’t this the type of project that the District can be stand-up about? 

 

Silvicultural Prescriptions

General

Riparian Reserve

LSR

Matrix

Roads

Cumulative Effects Analysis

Management of Forest Pathogens

 

 

Thank you for considering my questions and comments.

Charlie Ferranti