You can submit scoping comments on the Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project until Monday, February 10 at 5 PM.
Comments should be sent to John Laurence, Forest Supervisor, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, at firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project.
HCPC has been participating in collaborative groups to encourage the Forest Service to include important protections into the project design.
The Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project has the potential to align with sound forest management principals if important protections are included.
These protections include:
- Protect all old trees, large trees, old growth forests, and previously un-logged forests from logging.
- Protect all roadless areas and potential wilderness areas from logging.
- No construction of new roads or temporary roads should be allowed.
- Roads that are unneccessary or harmful to fish and wildlife habitat should be closed and restored.
- Wildlife habitat should be protected and improved.
- Aquatic restoration projects to improve fish habitat and water quality should be included in the project.
- Two new Research Natural Areas should be created.
The Forest Service has been receiving comments from people who want to keep ALL of the roads open, want MORE logging, and want MORE roads.
This is your opportunity to comment on behalf of old growth forests and fish and wildlife habitat.