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EM-6300 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 16:57:29 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: drew j. furer
Street: 1430 Willamette Street #501
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97401
Email_Address: getdrewzy@hotmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6301 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 16:59:07 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

We are writing to express our concern over the possible elimination
of old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations. The old growth
forests are the genetic repository for the future, and this is
especially crucial as we face the reality of climate change and
whatever surprises that may bring. To cut more old growth may
endanger the future of our forests.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products and
jobs. Thinning in these stands is needed. This may not provide as
much timber, but it would provide a reliable source for timber. Your
present plan will undoubtedly be tied up in the courts for years.
There are models for timber harvesting second growth plantations in
National Forests in Oregon that have been developed by means of
consensus of all the stakeholders. These have successfully been
producing timber harvests without court intervention. If you go in
this direction, you will get the timber you seek. If you go with your
plan, you probably will not.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Clif and Diane Trolin
Street: 82085 Hanna Rd.
City,_State,_Zip: Dexter, OR 97431
Email_Address: trolldance@efn.org
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6302 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 16:59:41 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations. WITH GLOBAL
WARMING, WE NEED MORE PROTECTED, UNLOGGED FORESTS - NOT LESS.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Noreen Wedman
Street: 2611 3rd Ave. W.
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle, WA 98119
Email_Address: njw_writes@earthlink.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6303 bessins@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:00:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Mary E. Variel Grimes
2451 Angelo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

EM-6304 Marty Ulrey <martyu@charter.net> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/9/2008 17:00:48 Marty Ulrey
1182 West View Ct.
Medford, OR 97504-3656


January 9, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Marty Ulrey
541-245-2960

EM-6305 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:01:26 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: colby chester
Street: 117 E Louisa St
City,_State,_Zip: seattle, wa. 98102
Email_Address: colby4@w-link.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6306 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:01:57 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my outrage (!) over the possible elimination
of old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations. These ancient trees
are often older than you or me or this country, and it's a damn shame
to destroy them.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products. We
do not need to cut down these great old trees.

Do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

in good heart,


Name: Evan Webb
Street: 5426 Campus Box
City,_State,_Zip: Elon, NC 27244
Email_Address: swebb2@elon.edu
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6307 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:02:34 To Western Oregon BLM,

I am very concerned over the possible elimination of old-growth and
streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands. These forests
provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean drinking water to
rural communities, recreation for outdoor enthusiasts, and a legacy
for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,

Name: Cecilia Story
Street: 220 Cross Pl
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97402
Email_Address: holy_harlot_artifacts@yahoo.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6308 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:03:10 To Whom it May Concern at Western Oregon BLM,

It is unacceptable to log more old-growth and streamside reserves on
western Oregon BLM lands. These forests provide habitat for many
wildlife species, clean drinking water to rural communities,
recreation for outdoor enthusiasts, and a legacy for future
generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jeff Hogg
Street: 220 Cross Pl
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97402
Email_Address: jeffreehogue@juno.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6309 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:03:56 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my anger with the possible attack on
old-growth forests on western Oregon BLM lands. Our region depends on
healthy forests and I'm anything but happy to see them being
butchered.

Stick to your existing tree plantations, and stop waging war on the
healthy forests.

Do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Owen Lloyd
Street: 4788 Skyline Rd S #18
City,_State,_Zip: Salem, OR 97306
Email_Address: owen.lloyd@gmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6310 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 17:06:06 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

As a thirty-five year resident of Oregon and a
lifelong conservationist, I have monitored and
commented on BLM activities on both sides of the
Cascades. I have been particularly interested in
retention of existing old growth and restoration
of functional old growth forest habitat. I value
the essential ecosystem services these areas
provide to plants and animals - aquatic and
terrestrial, human and non-human, on-site and
down slope/stream. I want federally managed land
to be used, not for timber/fiber production but
primarily for protecting and restoring those
ecosystem services. The proposed BLM management
changes in the Western Oregon Plan Revision
(WOPR) do not meet this goal.

I support the Clinton Forest Plan. It is already
a compromise with extraction industries that
keeps T+E species at risk and continues to
degrade ecosystems under BLM management. I assume
that under the Clinton Forest Plan, management
can be tweaked to adapt to new understanding of
what makes better sense for habitat needs of
species and connectivity. But, most importantly,
I understand that the amount of area in old
growth and riparian reserves is critical. Any
reduction in that area, especially through
clear-cutting, amounts to further compromise of
the habitat needs of obligate species, as well as
the loss of ecosystem services (clean water,
clean air, sequestered carbon, etc.)

The WOPR's proposed drastic reduction in old
growth and riparian reserves on the Salem,
Eugene, Coos Bay, Rosburg, and Medford districts
is clearly a nod to political pressure, not
science or best management practices. Please
abandon your unscientific and illegal proposed
plan.

Please adopt the Community-Conservation
Alternative by: protecting all the remaining
mature and old-growth forests on federal land,
shifting the BLMís efforts toward ecological
restoration of forests and watersheds, and
achieving social and economic objectives through
forest restoration activities.

With hope for an understanding of what's sustainable,


Name: Hal Hushbeck
Street: 2528 1/2 Chula Vista Blvd.
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, Oregon 97403-1813
Email_Address: hush@epud.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to
defending the forests, waters, and wildlife of
the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org to
learn more about wildlands issues and our
leadership in the conservation movement. Become a
member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support
makes a difference!
EM-6311 rhoda22@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:06:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rhoda Slanger
1207 Talbot
Albany, CA 94706

EM-6312 kfricheson@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:07:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
KAY RICHESON
1750 9TH AVENUE
SACRAMENTO, CA 95818

EM-6313 Abigail Leeder <abigirl72@gmail.com> Stop the WOPR 1/9/2008 17:11:04 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLMis proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Abigail Leeder
550 E 40th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405


EM-6314 armencarapetian@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:11:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Armen Carapetian
83 Rondel Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94103

EM-6315 ruth.tiger@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:14:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Ruth Tiger
316 N. Stadium Way
Tacoma, WA 98403

EM-6316 greeley@carberrycreek.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:21:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
greeley wells
5253 carberry creek
Applegate, OR 97530

EM-6317 work5@llnl.gov Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:22:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kris Work
5275-B Park Highlands Blvd.
Concord, CA 94521

EM-6318 obarger@san.rr.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:31:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region. The present
Administration, using the BLM, seem hell bent on reversing all
the protection fought so hard for in the past to proceed with
explotation of the forests similar to what has occurred in the
Amazon and too many other places on this planet. Does making a
buck trump every other need?

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Orlo Barger
16611 San Salvador Road
San Diego, CA 92128

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EM-6320 Kathleen Kolman <kathleenkolman@sprintmail.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 17:43:00  
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,
Kathleen Kolman
1825 Hillwood Ct. S.
Salem, OR  97302
EM-6321 kazumtv@juno.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:45:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
John Vinson
3700 14th Ave. SE. #154
Olympia, WA 98501

EM-6322 truntdog@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:47:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Douglas Ninneman
11011 1/2 Sarah St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602

EM-6323 ItalynRose1@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:47:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Carmela De Rose
2028 - 8th St
San Fernando, CA 91340

EM-6324 angeloftheshire@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:48:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Susan Halloran
1409 Bayhead Drive
#111
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

EM-6325 jpratt1@san.rr.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:54:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Lynne Pratt
3440 Bayonne Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109

EM-6326 jellybelly_11@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 17:58:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
sakura vesely
12 Bud Court
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

EM-6327 jmacchia@att.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 18:11:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Joanne Macchia
PO Box 2092
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

EM-6328 jan sellers <sellersjc@verizon.net> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/9/2008 18:25:22 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

jan sellers
2734 ne 15th st
gresham , OR 97030
EM-6329 Erica Anderson <ericaander@gmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/9/2008 18:36:03 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Erica Anderson
85665 Jasper Park Rd
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
EM-6330 Nadine Levie <desertwhisper8@yahoo.com> Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/9/2008 18:52:02 January 9, 2008
Western Oregon Plan Revisions


Dear Western Oregon Plan Revisions,

As a sportsman in western Oregon, I am deeply concerned with the Bureau of Land
Management's recently released draft version of the Western Oregon Plan Revisions.
The plans outlined in the document would dramatically alter public lands management
in western Oregon to the detriment of fish and wildlife and, by extension, hunting
and fishing.

I frequently visit Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon, and I'm
worried the BLM's plan would have a significant impact on my ability to hunt and
fish in this region, and, more importantly, my ability to pass down my sporting
heritage to the next generation of hunters and anglers in western Oregon.

For example, reduction of streamside buffers to 25 feet would most certainly
have a negative impact on our trout and salmon fisheries throughout the region.
Timber harvest in close vicinity to fish-bearing or fish-spawning waters will
contribute sediment to the systems, with the potential to smother fish eggs and
spawning gravel. Additionally, removing streamside vegetation will reduce cover
and likely result in temperature increases that could prove fatal to our fisheries.

What's more, plans to construct about 1,000 miles of new roads over the next
decade, and to allow 14,000 acres of clearcut logging annually could have drastic
impacts on the region's struggling, but recovering, fisheries.

Add in the conversion of our low-elevation oak savanna forests to conifer plantations
and the creation of new off-highway-vehicle emphasis areas, and the plan becomes
detrimental to our big-game herds and upland game bird populations.

In short, the Western Oregon Plan Revisions are unacceptable from a hunting
and angling standpoint. Ideally, the BLM would offer a full range of alternatives
when it comes to the plan revisions, with all of those alternatives providing
some measure of fish and wildlife protection.

Finally, off-highway vehicle management should not be addressed at the region-wide
level, but rather by individual BLM districts, and with a generous opportunity
for public comment at the local level.

Shame on those who propose the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I stand in disbelief
at the short sightedness of the proposal. Many letters of protest have been written
outlining the shortsightedness and I will not repeat the comments; I will just
repeat "SHAME ON YOU."

Sincerely

Nadine Levie
6734 Thompson Creek Rd
Applegate, OR 97530-9640

EM-6331 Claude Aron <claude@eyelandgallery.com> Comments on WOPR 1/9/2008 18:53:17 I am a resident of the Applegate valley. I live in a steep canyon surrounded by hills that are covered with trees. I love living here, because of the natural beauty, peace& quiet. I enjoy hiking in the forests & rafting in the rivers. I'm very concerned that acceptance & implementation of the WOPR, with it's proposals for widespread clearcutting & creation of many new "OHV Emphasis Areas", will destroy much of that natural beauty & tranquility, for me & for my neighbors, 

 

In the last two years, there have been two fires that came to within a few thousand feet of my house - one across the road & one on the back side of the hill at whose base my house sits. I'm very grateful that we had dedicated firefighters on our side, but I'm also very concerned that the reckless changes in forest management proposed in the WOPR will only increase the risk of fire in the future, for me & for my neighbors.

 

I'm also concerned about the cumulative effect the human race is having on this planet's ecosystems. We think we can keep expanding our populations and our consumption of natural resources forever. But the more we do that, the more we encroach on our neighbors, share a smaller & smaller pool of resources & create stresses that lead to anger, violence, crime & warfare. And now, we've reached a point where there are over 6 billion of us & we're not only stressing ourselves, but causing large, global effects to the environment.

 

It seems to me that when we're making decisions about the future of our forests, the interests of private timber companies & off highway vehicle enthusiasts shouldn't be at the top of the list. They belong on the list - they both have legitimate stakes in the outcome - but shouldn't they fall out somewhere below the health of the planet & the safety & well-being of the residents who live within & near these forests? By making logging & recreation the higher priorities, we're perhaps gaining a temporary economic benefit, but creating a longer term disaster. These are public forests, not private land. We need policies that promote sustainable logging, not policies that promote clearcutting for a quick profit.    

Claude Aron

1684 Humbug Creek Road, Jacksonville, OR 97530
EM-6332 seankelly21@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 18:54:20 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
sean kelly
1242 14th st
hermosa beach, CA 90254

EM-6333 jdhrn@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 18:54:20 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jody Hansell
8 Captain Dr. #462
Emeryville, CA 94608

EM-6334 jrsuttsf@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 18:54:20 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Joseph Sutton
2349 Funston Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94116-1948

EM-6335 rhonkaplan@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 18:54:20 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rhonda Kaplan
243 Pascack Ave.
Emerson, NJ 07630

EM-6336 dendavie@cruzio.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:00:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Dennis Davie
POB 651
Capitola, CA 95010

EM-6337 fnfields@quixnet.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:02:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
frank fields
678 panorama dr
san francisco, CA 94131

EM-6338 Gretchen Randolph <aha4kids@sterlink.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:02:35  
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Gretchen Randolph
6690 SW Ventura DR 
Tigard, or 97223
EM-6339 newmanaf@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:03:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Alicia Newman
5990 Valhalla Drive
Neskowin, OR 97149

EM-6340 Kate Gessert <katerg@igc.org> comments on WOPR 1/9/2008 19:03:52 Thank you for accepting comments by e-mail.


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                                                        January 9, 2008


U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Western Oregon Plan Revision
P.O.B. 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear Sirs:

   Last week I learned that the Bureau of Land Management has been using new science to revise the maps of Timber Management Areas and Late Successional Management Areas that are/were part of Alternative 2 of the W.O.P.R. I realize that the maps I saw are still being worked on, but these maps are dramatically different from the maps released with the EIS in August 2007, at least in the southwestern quarter of the Eugene District near Veneta/Crow/Lorane, where I live. Although the public comment period hasn't ended yet, we all seem to have been commenting on something that is quite different from the direction in which the W.O.P.R. is now heading.
    I don't see how the comment process that ends January 11 can be valid, when so many people have commented on an EIS and maps that are already in the process of being substantially changed by the BLM. Residents, farmers, and vineyard keepers in the area where I live would have been much more alarmed and much more active in the comment process if we had realized that the timber management area (as it appears in last week's maps) begins just across Territorial Road (a road that is near where most of us live.) In the Alternative 2 map we were given with the EIS, there were eight to twelve  miles of BLM Late Successional Management Areas between Territorial Road and the first TMAs. Now there is nothing. In addition, sections on the far (west) side of the Alternative 2 TMAs have also been changed from LSMAs to TMAs. Only a few local residents even know any of this is happening, and the comment deadline is only two days away. 
        With the new maps, the loss for the people who live and farm in Lorane, Crow, and Veneta will be incalculable. Please note that the problems outlined below are problems just for our local area. In this letter, I will not attempt to address all the other problems with Alternative 2 that have been described in my own earlier letter and many other people's letters.

    Veneta/Crow/Lorane problems from the new mapping include:
1) Wildlife losses: Wildlife such as elk and birds that have habitat both near our homes and in nearby older forests will disappear as they lose the forests. They will also be hurt by herbicide use in the forests.

2) Herbicide use: If BLM goes back to using herbicides, as the agency has proposed in Alternative 2, the herbicides will blow toward us with the wind from the west, doubling or more the amount that now comes toward us from the private lands of the O & C checkerboard. Health of humans and of wild and domestic animals will be hurt. Farms and vineyards will risk losing organic status. Herbicides will be absorbed in our groundwater. Streams flowing east, toward us, will contain more herbicides. Herbicides in Wolf Creek, for example, will harm salmon populations and hurt award-winning recovery efforts and dramatic fish population recovery in the Siuslaw.

3) Climate: Effects of clearcutting approximately 80 additional square miles to the west of our homes need to be studied. Results may include stronger winter winds with greater storm damage, and drier conditions. Intermittent smoke from slash fires will exacerbate lung illnesses.

4) Recreation losses: We residents will lose places near our homes where we love to walk and be alone with nature. Hunters and fishermen will lose forests and clear streams. BLM will no longer share older forests with the community of people who live in and near them, but will remove these forests far away from us, where they are hard to get to and cannot be part of our lives without the expenditure of a lot of gasoline ( = carbon emissions) and time. The recreation impact will be heavy on residents of not only Crow, Veneta, and Lorane, but also Eugene. 

5) Education losses: Educators using the older forests of nearby Coast Range to help students learn about ecosystems will not be able to do this.

6) Home losses: People living near BLM clearcuts (for example, people along Wolf Creek Road) will lose monetary value on their homes, but much more importantly, they will become spiritually sickened by living amid devastation and physically sickened by living next to slash fires and herbicides.


        I urge B.L.M. to reconsider the new plans that have been made since Alternative 2 was released (along with reconsidering Alternative 2 itself.) These new plans are apparently being made with owl science in mind, and I don't have enough scientific background to know what they mean to the spotted owl. But I do know that the new plans will do serious harm to the environment and people of the Veneta/Crow/Lorane area.

        Sincerely yours,

                Kate Rogers Gessert

       



       





EM-6341 Edward Bagby <EBagby@henneberyeddy.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:05:33 BLM

 

I Took the below notes from the sierra club website.  I appreciate that they are so calm and collected about this issue, because I would write something more scathing and less helpful.  In any case, I wholeheartedly agree with their words.

 

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Edward Bagby,

3224 se 9th ave

Portland Or, 97202
EM-6342 Gretchen Randolph <aha4kids@sterlink.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:06:42  
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Ian Randolph
6690 SW Ventura Dr
Portland, Or 97223
EM-6343 Katdog11@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:10:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

I have spent half my life in the forest. I have camped, fished,
back packed, horse packed et al. We have a ranch in Coffee
Creek/ Trinity County. We are the third generation. But we are
now five generations deep on this property. My husband just
retired from a redwood, cedar and Doug fir business that he
operated for 30 yrs. He specialized in 2nd growth. His customers
counted on that. One needs only to look at PALCO to understand
what greed can do to a company that sustained its forests for
over 150 yrs. They had an amazing ecord and they sold it to a
man who only counted the dollars. And he ran it into the ground
and ruined over a thousand peoples futures. It's all about
GREED.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kathleen Weaver
15490 Hwy299W
P.O. box 474
Shasta, CA 96087

EM-6344 pruthscott@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:17:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Patricia Scott
51 SE Lupine Ct.
Shelton, WA 98584

EM-6345 llamalover1233@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:17:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jessica Lenz
39-120 Elna Way
Cathedral City, CA 92234

EM-6346 carole gale <cgale03@yahoo.com> WOPR comments (in body email, not attachment as previous) 1/9/2008 19:19:22                                                                                         Carole Gale
                                                                                        6012 Coos Bay Wagon Rd.
                                                                                        Roseburg, OR 97470                                     
Bureau of Land Management                                            Email: cgale03@yahoo.com
Western OregonPlan Revisions Office                              Tel:  541 784 9040
P.O. Box2965                                                                        
333 SW 1st Avenue                                                         8 January 2008
Portland, Oregon97208
(Electronically mailed to: orwopr@or.blm.gov)
 
Re BLM Western OregonPlan Revisions (WOPR)
 
To BLM,
 
        I live in South Western Oregon and I oppose BLM's latest plan for the management of O&C BLM forests: the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR).  I oppose all the Alternatives of the WOPR with clear cutting or logging on any old growth BLM forests.  I support the No Action Alternative.  By old growth, I mean tree stands aged 150 or more years. Truly old forests are gone, those 750 - 1200 years old - the true life span of the oldest Douglas Firs (Maser 1990).  Remnant stands of BLM forests with older trees need to remain unlogged - preserved so they can return to truly ancient forest ecological characteristics in future. Responsible BLM management would selectively thin overly dense younger tree plantations, resulting in the beneficial decrease of wildfire danger to all of us in the surrounding communities, unlike this WOPR plan to increase the cut of fire-resistant, old growth forests.   The WOPR plan needs to be scraped and the North West Forest Plan itself needs strengthening and improvement.  We need to restore and reconnect the fragmented stands of Old Growth, not increase the old growth cut, which the WOPR aims to do.           
 
       I walk out the door of my cabin in woods 15 miles outside Roseburg, a timber industry town surrounded by both private and BLM publicly owned land, into the forests nearby, and overwhelmingly find cut forests, growing back from at least 2 or 3 previous loggings.  The great Pacific Northwestern American forests of huge trees are rare now.  Except for one tiny, map-error stand with big trees nearby, I must get specific directions and drive long distances to find truly huge trees. Most old growth stands I've seen are fragments, small areas of large trees surrounded by far younger, logged forests.  There is little Old Growth forest I can easily reach; most giants are long since harvested.  Old growth's overwhelming replacement by young tree plantations robs Oregonians and all American citizens of its ecological services: clean water and air, wildlife and fish habitat, its reservoir of plant, fungal and animal diversity, its fire-resistant old trees, and puts us in far greater fire danger.
 
        I wish I could visit huge areas of truly old forests with their whole ancient ecosystem intact, with all their grandeur of size, beauty, diversity of plants and animal species, riches of fungi and microbes, their quiet open slowness.  A large presence of such neighboring ancient forests, conserving the Earth's well being in my neighborhood, would ease my heart and give me hope for future generations. Even our tiny fluke 300ft wide strip of old growth lifts my spirit and likely my neighbor's too:  I meet them on horseback when I'm walking there.  Although their family has been supported by logging, they seem to especially like that tiny bit of BLM old growth for riding, enjoying as I do the few huge trees, open forest floor, and quiet grandeur. Yet even this tiny fragment will be logged by the WOPR, since uses like recreation or ecological services of clean air and water carry little value compared to timber extraction.  Our stream is muddy now, likely due to logging clear-cuts up the valley, and this year salmon haven't appeared.  Our accidental fragment of old growth - tiny as it is - can't alone protect our stream or fish.  
 
         Large areas of continuous Old Growth are needed to preserve the Old Growth ecosystem.  However, even the Northwest Forest Plan, which is relatively benevolent compared to the WOPR, is seriously flawed.  On field trips to look at BLM forest land designated "Late Successional Reserve" (LSR), I've found to my shock that these "LSRs" have been clear-cut in the last 2 or 3 decades and will only grow into LSR ecological functions in 150 years - 200 years!  Yet these so-called "LSRs" are still counted on paper as "protected LSR acres" under the Northwest Forest Plan!   This is not conservation.  By twisted terminology, the BLM claims to be preserving old growth character, while only planning to implement future management, not current conservation of Old Growth Forests!  This is the BLM's practice under the current Northwest Forest Plan already in place. The WOPR is a much worse plan, a fatal step to rob Americans of their last remnant heritage Old Growth Forest on a continent once rich but now impoverished in natural forests. 
 
         This false BLM terminology, designating recent clear cuts as "LSRs", is breaking trust by an official government agency charged with responsible management of publicly owned resources.  It misleads American citizens in the worst way.  Many LSRs have no old growth ecological characteristics and cannot function as old growth forest. What good is a name?  Ecosystems are not conserved on paper - they are preserved by functioning.  Endangered wildlife species such as the marbled murrelet and spotted owl cannot live in these young "LSR" habitats. 
 
          Moreover, there are other multi-factorial, knock-on, and ecologically catastrophic effects of clear cutting old growth forests. One loss is the diversity of fungi and microbes underpinning our Pacific Northwest Old Growth Forests, which recent research is finding likely the most diverse on Earth.  This fungal diversity is destroyed by clear-cutting logging practices and is not recovered in monoculture tree plantations. Yet these fungi mycelium cells plus their symbiotic microbes - acting as the planet's primary recyclers in their services of breaking down and recycling the nutrients of dead organisms - these fungi cells may contain the richest anti-viral and anti-bacterial protections on Earth!  After all, exposed as they are to decay, they've evolved the best ways to protect their own cells. These microbes process and nourish ancient forest, aid in protection of clean air, water, and the genetic library of species. What human disease cures and unrecognized ecosystem services will we lose by destroying them?  These fungi don't live in eroded, species-poor, tree plantations. 
 
        "The BLM refuses to recognize that the scarce resource is not spotted owls, marbled murrelets or any of the other 300-plus plants and animals associated with old growth timber that are awaiting their turn to jam the timber production machinery.  The scare resource is the old growth ecosystem itself." 
-  Ron Sadler, retired chief of forestry planning for the Bureau of Land Management. 11/13/07
 
       I imagine many BLM employees chose to work with natural resources because of their love of Nature.  Please step up to the challenge now.  Do not bend to commercial, industrial timber industry pressure to increase logging of the last relict stands of Old Growth Forest.  Preserve all BLM old growth, and future generations and we will hail you as sound earth citizens. Plan sustainable tree plantation thinning; keep loggers employed in restoration forestry.  Reject the WOPR.
 
                                                                                         Sincerely,
 
                                                                                         Carole Gale, MS Biology
Cc: Senator Gordon Smith
       Senator Ron Wyden
       Representative Peter DeFazio (4th District)
 



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EM-6347 frenchbarge@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:21:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Patricia Reed
26730 SE Rugg Rd
Damascus, OR 97089

EM-6348 kendeb97@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:21:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Debra Sally
3424 Emerson
Clearlake, CA 95422

EM-6349 mmmustbeher@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 19:24:21 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Molly Miller
4710 Orville Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

EM-6350 Michelle <curlyirish@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:40:05 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward
with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in
Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clear cutting in currently
protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers
and creeks.

Sincerely,

Michelle Brecht RN
1951 Greentree Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
EM-6351 kmcmanis@comcast.net You must protect coastal ancient forests 1/9/2008 19:40:23 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

Please consider my comments on forest clear cutting in our
western states below:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kevin McManis
32051 58th Ave S
Auburn, WA 98001

EM-6352 Dan & Kristin Faulkner <dandk@spiretech.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:46:09         To whom it may concern,

                                                                                                  
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.
In the early planning stages for the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revision, over 90% of the nearly 3,000 comments submitted to the Bush Administration asked for protection of mature and old-growth forests.

Bush's Plan is unacceptable. Across western Oregon, during the first decade, the Bush Administration's plan will:

Clearcut over 140,000 acres, the equivalent of 224 square miles of public land
Clearcut over 100,000 acres of forests over 120 years old, including nearly 35,000 acres of forests over 200 years old
Reduce the area of currently protected old growth on BLM lands by nearly 50%
Reduce the acreage of currently protected areas near streams on BLM lands by nearly 60%

The Northwest Forest Plan's protections should remain in place for BLM lands, not sacrificed in an out-of-court deal between the timber industry and the White House.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM has proposed in its Western Oregon Plan Revision will lead to the loss of Oregon's irreplaceable ancient forests, water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.  

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities. Additionally, these forests are owned by Americans across the nation, who would like to see them strongly protected for future generations to enjoy.

Please protect western BLM forests and maintain the Northwest Forest Plan reserve system. Please use your power in Congress to rein in the Bush administration and prevent them from spending money to log old growth forests, and stop the BLM from selling off Oregon's ancient forest heritage.


Sincerely,
Kristin L. Faulkner
3335 SE 57th Ave
Portland, OR 97206-2805
dandk@spiretech.com





Sincerely,

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

EM-6353 Michelle Holman <mholman@lane.k12.or.us> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/9/2008 19:49:27 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase
old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build
1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a
9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that
depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening
protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal
ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need
of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually
improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of
precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing
old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts
water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special
places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests
on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR
proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth
protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM
is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn
complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of
BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and
generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Richard Gross
92349 Deadwood Creek Rd
Deadwood, OR 97430
EM-6354 Richard Schramm <rpschramm@msn.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 19:57:04  
To Whom It May Concern At The BLM:
 
I do not favor the expansion of logging in Oregon's old growth forests.  Instead, I favor staying with the protections developed by the Clinton administration for roadless areas in Oregon's BLM forests.  I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM's plan to move forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision seems unwise to me in that it will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.  Instead, I favor protecting and preserving Oregon's old-growth forests since these forests protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities.  Please do not expand logging in Oregon's old-growth forests!

Sincerely,

Richard Schramm
3024 N.E. Bryce Street
Portland, OR   97212
EM-6355 santosa7@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:03:24 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kathryn Szydlowski
1 Ocean View Avenue
half Moon Bay, CA 94010

EM-6356 squishytart@moose-mail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:03:24 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Denise Lytle
73 Poplar St.
Fords, NJ 08863

EM-6357 dnemanic@cox.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:18:24 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Donna Nemanic
2724 Cape Hope Way
Las Vegas, NV 89121

EM-6358 Kirsten Shockey <renascentfarms@apbb.net> WOPR Statement--regarding pollinators and forest myco culture 1/9/2008 20:20:23 This is a copy of our comments sent Jan 2, 2008 to the 

Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office,

333 SW 1st Ave

Portland, OR  97208


re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,                       

We are concerned about the direction the Bush administration is taking with the management of our federal lands throughout the country.  We are especially concerned about 2.6 million acres that are managed by the BLM and currently fall under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions.  A plan that was pushed through with a myriad of deals, promises and a culminating in a settlement to a suit.   We can hardly believe in 2007 we are even discussing such a unreasonable stewardship plan.    We use wood, timber is a reality and a renewable resource when managed well.  We know it can be harvested responsibly in away that benefits the economy, the local communities, and the forest health.  Public consensus does call for different management that asks for old-growth protection and second growth thinning.  We are in a age where the common person as well as scientists across the world and various political views are agreeing that the planet needs a little help.  That the WOPR assumes no climate change and no impact in a plan that would increase our carbon output and decrease our ability to sequester it is faulty science.   

We are most concerned about the little unknown players who play a huge and mostly unknown role in our daily lives, possibly even our very existence on this planet.  These are the micro players who need an undisturbed habitat or undisturbed old-growth to quietly go about their work.  We are talking about the microbial life and the various insects and pollinators.  Everybody can see the wonder of an old growth conifer or hardwood,  anyone can feel the majesty of standing out in the cathedral-like canopy of an old growth forest,  but little is know about the complex web that supports these forests. Simple math tells us the output of oxygen of one tree, but what do we know about the life given by the soil.   As explorers and scientists we are in uncharted territory when it comes to the soil.  The science of the soils in a bio-diverse complex old growth forest is something we have limited knowledge.  Understanding the matrix of plant, animal, and microbial communities is in its infancy.  People only are beginning to decipher the importance of mycorrhizal in the life and death of the trees and the building of soil.  Some scientists are beginning to realize these partnerships between the plants, the microbial life, the fungi are absolutely integral to life on earth.  As old-growth forests are cut down many fungi loose their hold in the ecosystem and we don't know if these species can return as the forests regenerate.  We can't even fathom the potential for our  fungus in biological cleanup, planet health, national security and medicine.   Many of these mushrooms have incredible medicinal qualities from which fantastic pharmaceuticals may be derived--yet we will never know if we turn the last of the forests into tree farms. 

Our food system may or may not be approaching a challenging phase due to the colony collapse disorder and other factors threatening our honey bees.  What does this have to do with the BLM?  Everything.  If we loose the pollinators the industry relies on than we will be scrambling to learn about our native pollinators.  Again a field we currently know very little about.  Again these little guys are a forest resource we do not want to loose due to short-sightedness.  In 2007 a west coast species of Bombus (Bumble Bee) was lost with little fanfare.  Two years earlier, those that count these guys reported normal levels, now there are none to be found.  Again we point to our health, our planets health, and national security are at risk.  

These BLM lands are matrix lands that provide connectivity in our forests between private land.  This gives the BLM a greater responsibility for stewardship that maintains the health of our systems and regions.  These forests when healthy can maintain wildlife habitat and biodiversity, soil microbials, endemic species that can then spill over into other lands.   Without consistency we may end up with vast tracks of land that are denuded of not only our resources but life as well.

Please protect remaining old-growth, protect resources we have yet to discover.  Please come up with a plan that will create local jobs with restoration thinning projects that generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.  We support the "No Action Alternative."

Thank You,





Kirsten and Christopher Shockey

6734 Thompson Creek Road

Applegate, OR  97530



CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

e-mail statements sent to:



R. Alan Hoffmeister
BLM, Oregon/Washington State Office
Attention: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208
orwopr@or.blm.gov
alan_hoffmeister@or.blm.gov

 
Ed Shepard, Oregon/Washington State Director
Bureau of Land Management
333 SW 1st Street
Portland, OR  97204
ed_shepard@or.blm.gov

Tim Reuwsaat, Medford District Manager
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, Oregon 97504
timothy_reuwsaat@blm.gov


John Gerritsma, Ashland Resource Area Manager

3040 Biddle Road

Medford, Oregon 97504

john_gerritsma@blm.gov

Abbie Jossie, Grants Pass Resource Area Manager

3040 Biddle Road
Medford, Oregon 97504

abbie_jossie@or.blm.gov

Scott Conroy, Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Supervisor

338 West 8th Street

Medford, Oregon 97501

sconroy@fs.fed.us


=====================================
Lesley Adams
KS Wild
PO Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520
lesley@kswild.org




Jackson County Commissioners: 
Dave Gilmore
gilmored@jacksoncounty.org

 
Dennis CW Smith
smithdc@jacksoncounty.org

 
Jack Walker
WalkerJW@jacksoncounty.org

Dirk Kempthorne
Secretary of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington D.C. 20240
dirk_kempthorne@ios.doi.gov

Jim Caswell, Director
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20240
James_Caswell@blm.gov

EM-6359 mirandahuey@calmail.berkeley.edu Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:20:24 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Miranda Huey
461 Chantecler Drive
Fremont, CA 94539

EM-6360 Wesley <wes@portwes.com> Prevent clearcutting old growth forests in Oregon 1/9/2008 20:22:04 There is no possible justification for clearcutting any more old growth
forest. There is precious little left, and we cannot endanger what is
left of pristine watersheds, wild fish and animal habitat. The great
majority of American people do NOT want you to carry out the wishes of
the Bush Administration. Please preserve the roadless areas as they are
currently.

Sincerely,

Wesley Mahan
4300 SE Boardman Avenue
Milwaukie, OR 97267
EM-6361 Daniel Sheff <danielsheff@frontiernet.net> WOPR response 1/9/2008 20:31:48 So to whoever might be reading this:

This WOPR plan stinks it's so bad one would have think that BLM has nothing but bad design for my bioregion. In the last couple of years BLM has been caught lying, changing science reports to fit there program and now they want to throw out what's left of our forestry program for one last rape before we all burn up.

It's pretty clear to me BLM doesn't have a clue about forestry let alone forestry in a mixed area of public and private lands and should get out of O&C lands and let some other agency, perhaps OR State manage these lands. Something different than the same crappy forest wars needs to happen to keep our countys a sane place to live.

So throw the WOPR out and follow that by having BLM get out of Southern Oregon forestry. Thats my feelings.

Daniel Sheff
EM-6362 omanipadmehum2012@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:32:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Keisha Coll
1915 E Lyons ave
Spokane, WA 99217

EM-6363 paige21@mac.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:33:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Paige Pitcock
1233 Calle Tesoro
Chula Vista, CA 91915

EM-6364 LaWeLcH617@yahoo.com We MUST Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:34:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

After hearing of the BLM's plans to put our nation's beloved
forests at-risk with the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions
(WOPR), I was filled with sadness. This misguided and
unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest
Forest Plan (NWFP) and theses beautiful ancient forests would be
at risk. The thought of over 2 and a half million acres and the
wide range of life that inhabits the area being cleared out
literally makes me sick.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. In a time when our
society is moving towards a brighter future this of change, this
proposal would be a huge step back; taking us back to the days
of rampant old growth clear-cutting, destructive road building,
and local controversy, and would fail to provide real
stewardship of these resources.I beg of you to do whatever is in
your power to make to stop this from happening. I believe our
society is moving towards a more environment conscious lifestyle
due to the global warming crisis that is upon us. This proposal
fails to see that these magnificent forests are helping to slow
global warming.

This spring break, a group of my friends and myself were
fortunate enough to take a road trip to some absolutely
incredible forests in Northern California and Oregon. I can
honestly say that the time spent in these gorgeous ancient
forests was life changing. Cutting over 100,000 acres of
old-growth forest every decade is simply an unsustainable rate
of logging that would destroy these ancient forests. We can not
take these beautiful forests for granted by cutting them down.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home. You have the opportunity to make the change. I pray
for you to have the clarity to make the right decision.



Sincerely,
Laura Welch
12312 Willow Forest Dr.
Moorpark, CA 93021

EM-6365 Kirsten Shockey <renascentfarms@apbb.net> WOPR COMMENTS 1/9/2008 20:38:16 This was sent as a hard copy to the Portland Oregon BLM plan revisions office in October 2007. - letter_on_WOPR.pages.zipDear BLM,

I am a fourteen year old boy, living in Applegate Oregon. The Medford district, perhaps the most heavily effected by the changes in WOPR's land allocation #2. I have grown up using the BLM lands around me. For biking, hiking, horseback riding etc. Having "wild" land around for anybody has always been what I always thought this country stood for, freedom, right? Isn't having "wild" forest land part of freedom? Shouldn't Americans always be able to see and enjoy the ancient forest our ancestors came to? 

It was shocking to me that you the Bureau of Land Management, would propose such an ignorant use of OUR land. Many factors seem to have been blatantly ignored in WOPR. Fire hazard, clean water, endangered wildlife, riparian protection areas lost. You should also consider insects. There is more then spotted owls in jeopardy here. There has been many crisis's that have hit the US at the same time, the housing market crash, the sudden collapse of pollinators in the US and other countries, climate change, (which I found pathetic that you ignored in WOPR) and the economic and political issues that are well known. These forest you plan to log, or as you say "timber management areas", as a short-term fix to the economic issues right now, are habitat to hundreds of known species of a variety of animals. They are a part of this land, aren't we known for protecting endangered wildlife? Or is that an image we wish to give, but not uphold? Other countries have tragically lost rare, important species of wildlife due to misuse and over exploitation of resources. Is that what is going to happen here? We exploit our timber resource at the expense of delicate and often rare wildlife? I should be proud to be American, not embarrassed that we can't even protect our heritage.

I see a very vital mistake you made, perhaps the most important issue with WOPR. This plan proposes to log large portions of the already few remaining stands of old-growth forests. YOU have ignored the future. A mistake that may not effect you, but what of America's youth? In the face of catastrophic issues world-wide would you continue to carve away at our ancient trees, the homeland? This would permanently effect our future. 

I am disgusted that the Department of the Interior, of our country we take pride in, would consider this proposal. I once looked up to BLM, you were worthy of praise in my eyes. Protecting our land. I can tell you that that proud image I had is gone.

All I ask is that you consider America's youth when your decision is made. I do not know a better alternative. And I am not responsible for one, YOU are. This directly effects the future generations of Americans. Consider this. Thank you for you time. 

Sincerely,



Kelton I. Shockey





6734 Thompson Creek Rd.

Applegate, Oregon 97530 USA



CC: Oregon Congressional Delegation and Governor Kulongoski


Governor Kulongoski           Senator Ron WydenSenator Gordon Smith

Rep. Greg Walden (D-2nd)Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-4th)  
EM-6366 Kirsten Shockey <renascentfarms@apbb.net> 1/9/2008 20:41:06    This letter has been sent in the mail to the BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office, it was written     November 5 , 2007



I live in Applegate in the Medford district as you know Applegate is an Adaptive Management Area. It concerns me very much that your WOPR plan is to turn this area into matrix lands. I disapprove with Alternative 2 and 3, as they could make multiple species extinct. Plants that grow no were else in the planet would be gone. I believe that there are much better ways to manage our forest land two of them being thinning and selectively logging (but not old growth). I believe that the salmon and other fish habitat would be so constricted because the maps show how riparian reserves would be cut below a sustainable level.
This plan would endanger lots species that migrate those lands. And then we come to the lung less salamander, who needs wet or moist habitat to keep its holes in its skin open. If old growth trees are cut down it would be wiped off the face of the earth.
There are more problems with WOPR, clean water would become a very scarce.
Old growth forests play in important roll in resisting wild fires.
In the area I live in its quiet, the only sound is of someone doing chores or something like that.
I do not want to hear the sound of chain saws roaring away and trees falling every where around me.
There are around 2.6 million acres of BLMS forest land I do hope you make good use of it (by not clear cutting or cutting any old growth). And not turning land into 
tree plantations which are susceptible to wild fires.
If BLM cuts these natural treasures you will be cutting trees older than our country.
  I hope you take my letter seriously.

Sincerely,

Dmitri Shockey
6734 Thomson creek rd
Applegate Ore
97530



CC:BLM
EM-6367 karenmaki@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:42:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sandra Venning
4071 Oakmore Rd.
Oakland, CA 94602

EM-6368 larryleefox@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:42:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Larry Fox
5934 Sundown Lane
Freeland, WA 98249

EM-6369 gzarr@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:44:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Mailie La Zarr
2805 Yosemite Blvd. # 178
Modesto, CA 95354

EM-6370 Rod Shroufe <shroufe@gmail.com> Old Growth Must be Protected 1/9/2008 20:45:44 Dear BLM,
As an Oregon resident, environmental science teacher with a fish and wildlife background, and father, I have grave concerns with the BLM's proposal to increase logging on forests 80 years and older in Western Oregon.
Primarily it caters to timber corporations and aspirations of an invigorated rural economy. The first part is true. The timber industry does stand to make a good deal of money, the majority of which will NOT go into the pockets of the citizens of the rural communities but in to the pockets of the upper management of the companies. The invigorated economy may be stimulated in the short term, at least bringing in more school funding, but it is not sustainable and certainly not good science. The science of solid forest management has always been put by the wayside in the name of short term profiting. Oregon residents will not stand for this. We live here for clean air, and forest diversity that is managed for ALL uses. The timber industry took WAY TOO MUCH for way to long and now it is time to exercise our knowledge of proper forest management. Our current and long term sustainable economy base is the outdoor enthusiasts/tourists that spend millions of dollars per year in our state enjoying the many great aspects of Oregon.

I could talk at great length about water quality, forest integrity, habitat, and fire management. The fact of the matter is that you are aware of this as well. I want to encourage you to make the choice of proper forest management which certainly does not exclude logging but puts a moratorium on cutting 100 + year old trees and focuses on select cuts that enhance the forest and provides us with timber rather than high -grade it and wonder why streams are turbid, salmonid populations are down and forest fires are increasing.

This is not the plan that the majority of the OREGON PUBLIC wants on OREGON PUBLIC LAND.

I want my grandchildren to enjoy Oregon's Old Growth forests in person instead of learning about Oregon's Big Old Trees and logging heyday in textbook.
Sincerely,
Rod Shroufe



Rod Shroufe
183 King Street
Oregon city, OR 97045
EM-6371 catslady3@verizon.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 20:50:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Linda Jones
1349 Hollowell St
Ontario, CA 91762-2807

EM-6372 Cindy Wright <cindaroo@gmail.com> Protect Oregon's Forest, water and wildlife 1/9/2008 20:54:37 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

As an Oregonian and taxpayer, I am very concerned with the direction
the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6
million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan
Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the
protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to
water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and
controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase
old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build
1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a
9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that
depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening
protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal
ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in
need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while
actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws
out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by
increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The
WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's
most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-
growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures
as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-
growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger,
the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and
turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management
of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds
and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Wright
467 Scenic Drive
Ashland, OR 97520
EM-6373 Susan Stumpf <stumpf_s@yahoo.com> WOPR - DON'T DO IT 1/9/2008 21:04:41 January 9, 2008
Dear BLM,
I am a native Oregonian.  All of these years I have loved and appreciated the beautiful state I live in.  I hike, cross-country ski and snowshoe in the forests.  I watch salmon spawning in the streams.  I camp among the trees.  I show my daughter the gorgeous habitats in the forest floors, in the forest canopies and in between. 

All of these years I have relied and believed in your organization to take good care of the land.  I understand the pressure to make this land financially support us.  I DO NOT want you to go to the extreme measures that you are taking if you enact the WOPR.  The WOPR will cause me and my family, not to mention the environment and the animals that live in it, hardship.  You will take away my ability to enjoy the forest.  You will not be doing a good job if you enact the WOPR.  DON'T DO IT.  Not for me, not for the logging industry, not for the school districts, not for the financial "good" that it will bring.  It is a short-sighted plan that would ONLY bring short-term financial gain.  That is not enough to make it a good plan.  In fact, it is a very bad plan.

Things that I love and appreciate about our forests, and want to have always be protected at their current levels, if not more:

Old growth trees.  Please do not take another one out of the forest.
Native (healthy populations as well as threatened and/or endangered) species that live in our forests
I love bicycling on roads that wind through the forest
I love that our forests belong to us.  I love having access to these spaces because they belong to the public. 

Leave the forests public.  Make decisions about the forests that best suit all of the people, not just the special interests.  Make good LONG-TERM forest decisions.  Thin the forests where it is good for them.  DO NOT CLEARCUT, that is not good for the forest. 

I am a life-long Oregonian, and plan to stay here for the rest of my life.  Please do the right thing to take care of our precious land, forest, animals, and habitats. It is our heritage and the inheritance we will give our children.  For my sake and for all of the people who care about keeping Oregon beautiful and healthy, please protect this space.

Thank you for your time, and for doing what is right (protecting this land)!
Susan Stumpf
3305 W 17th AVE
Eugene, OR 97402
(541)554-1286

CC:
Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Gordon Smith
Rep. Peter DeFazio


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EM-6374 Matthew Labounty <manuandkb@comcast.net> Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/9/2008 21:12:02 January 9, 2008
Western Oregon Plan Revisions


Dear Western Oregon Plan Revisions,

As a sportsman in western Oregon, I am deeply concerned with the Bureau of Land
Management's recently released draft version of the Western Oregon Plan Revisions.
The plans outlined in the document would dramatically alter public lands management
in western Oregon to the detriment of fish and wildlife and, by extension, hunting
and fishing.

I frequently visit Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon, and I'm
worried the BLM's plan would have a significant impact on my ability to hunt and
fish in this region, and, more importantly, my ability to pass down my sporting
heritage to the next generation of hunters and anglers in western Oregon.

For example, reduction of streamside buffers to 25 feet would most certainly
have a negative impact on our trout and salmon fisheries throughout the region.
Timber harvest in close vicinity to fish-bearing or fish-spawning waters will
contribute sediment to the systems, with the potential to smother fish eggs and
spawning gravel. Additionally, removing streamside vegetation will reduce cover
and likely result in temperature increases that could prove fatal to our fisheries.

What's more, plans to construct about 1,000 miles of new roads over the next
decade, and to allow 14,000 acres of clearcut logging annually could have drastic
impacts on the region's struggling, but recovering, fisheries.

Add in the conversion of our low-elevation oak savanna forests to conifer plantations
and the creation of new off-highway-vehicle emphasis areas, and the plan becomes
detrimental to our big-game herds and upland game bird populations.

In short, the Western Oregon Plan Revisions are unacceptable from a hunting
and angling standpoint. Ideally, the BLM would offer a full range of alternatives
when it comes to the plan revisions, with all of those alternatives providing
some measure of fish and wildlife protection.

Finally, off-highway vehicle management should not be addressed at the region-wide
level, but rather by individual BLM districts, and with a generous opportunity
for public comment at the local level.

Sincerely

Matthew Labounty
360 W 17th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401-3859

EM-6375 Jakob Shockey <mustang@apbb.net> Comments from a Oregon youth on the Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/9/2008 21:18:40 Jakob Shockey
6734 Thompson creek road
Applegate, Oregon 97530


 (541) 846 -0312




mustang@apbb.net






November 11, 2007
Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland,OR  97208


Re: BLM western Oregon Plan Revisions



Dear BLM,
   The morning is still and quiet, cold and sweet.  So cold it burns with an exhilarating fury as it pumps through the boy's lungs.  Pine needles crackle underfoot  in the sharp silence of the forest.  The boy reaches the top of the ridge and stops, blood ringing in his ears.  He slowly crouches down at the base of an ancient pine.  He lowers his pack and rifle to the forest floor and scanned the shadows beneath.  From far below come the sound of trickling water as it wanders through a small meadow.  The boy's eyes came to rest on a object nestled between the trunks of two huge oak trees.  The trunks are turning pink with the sun's rising glow.  His heart beat quickens as the object stirs and slowly rises, revealing a beautiful Blacktailed deer.  Large antlers spreading in primitive beauty, and so The Hunt begins.   
     I am 'this boy', Jakob Shockey, a home-schooled 17 year old who lives in the mountains of Applegate, Oregon.  But this boy could be anyone who chooses to strike out into Americas wild-lands and experience the wild beauty of our homeland.  Anyone who wishes to experience the untamed wild that our founders experienced hundreds of years ago.  For this is the real American dream.  The dream of the savage beauty and freedom of America.  The dream of the right of any man, women and child to step into the American wild-lands and be free of all the stresses and noise of day to day life. 
     This is the true dream of America, not the mad race to material wealth.  The dream is not a nicer house or the newer car, but the piercing cry of an eagle or the haunting bellow of a bull elk.  This dream is becoming the prey of the material dream.  It seems that a few people with a lot of power have decided to abandoned the wild America for their own small reasons.  Here in Oregon we are in deep trouble. 
     I am writing you as one of the Americans who you are supposed to be representing.  We the American public who put you in charge of managing our public land and have trusted you in your decisions. 
     I have always respected BLM.  I adopted a BLM mustang and was very impressed by your wild horse program.  I live on a property that is almost completely surrounded in BLM land and I have been impressed with the Adaptive Management established in my area.  I am by no means against logging but I have a big problem with total destruction of forest, habitat and heritage.  I am at a loss for words when confronted with your Western Oregon Plan Revisions. No-longer do you have my respect.  I don't have political connections, power or money.  I can't put pressure on key people or slip you a favor.  But I sure as hell can protest!  The forests you plan to clear-cut are for my generation just as much, if not more, then they are for yours.  But nobody asks us.  We are the people dying  as political pawns for the Bush administration's war. We are dying in a foreign country to "Protect The Homeland" but here you are are destroying that homeland.  What real right do you feel you have to do this.  Sometimes you must stand up for what is right and not be bullied.  Did the timber companies prove to scary for you.  I am saddened that it has come to this.
    As for my "comment" I am appalled at the lack of consideration on your part of the ecosystem and wildlife you would be harming.  How can you turn 2.6 million acres of woodland and native ecosystem into a tree farm?  I support your old management plan or alternative "no action". 
   I ask you to consider the American youth in this decision.  We might not wield power or money but we are the future.







Respectfully yours,







Jakob Shockey


CC: Hard copies of comments to Oregon Congressional delegation and Governor Ted Kulongoski.



EM-6376 John & Sheila <kalafsky1215@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/9/2008 21:20:29 Dear Sirs:
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with
the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's
old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old
growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

During this era of climate change, the act of clearcutting to this degree is
nearly criminal considering that it adds to mudslides, a fact brought close
to home just a few weeks ago during heavy rains right below a clear cut area
in NW Oregon. Forests give off oxygen, take in carbon doixide, one of the
major greenhouse gases. To clearcut to the extent which your plan
designates will add to the problem of human caused climate change.

Also, our water quality in our streams needs to be protected and
clearcutting too near streams leads to erosion which ultimately costs
taxpayers many more dollars in road repair, and water treatment.
Please reconsider your plans for robbing Oregonians of the one thing that
brings millions of dollars of tourist revenue to our state.


Sincerely,

Mr and Mrs John Kalafsky
1215 16th Street, NE
Salem, Oregon
97301
EM-6377 hoofs2beach@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:24:27 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sandi Pearce
1423 Greenock Lane
Ventura, CA 93001

EM-6378 glamfetgrl@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:25:27 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sheila Taylor
380 N. Sunrise Wy. #11
Palm Springs, CA 92262

EM-6379 edchadd@olypen.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:31:28 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Edward Chadd
307 West 6th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

EM-6380 handygoy@bigla.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:31:28 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Eric Cadora
6316 Cavalleri Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

EM-6381 John & Sheila <kalafsky1215@comcast.net> STOP WOPR PROTECT BLM FORESTS 1/9/2008 21:32:05 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with
the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's
old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old
growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

The Northwest Forest Plan's protections should remain in place for BLM
lands, not sacrificed in an out-of-court deal between the timber industry
and the White House. Oregon ancient forests deserve permanent protection and
should be managed to maintain important public assets such as clean drinking
water, habitat for fish and wildlife, diverse recreation opportunities,
stunning scenery, and jobs in forest restoration, fire safety and tourism.

Ancient forests in Oregon also serve as an important carbon storage and
sequestration resource to help mitigate global warming. The BLM's plans for
increased logging in these ancient forests under the Western Oregon Plan
Revision will take America backwards in efforts to prevent global climate
change. Clearcutting and damage to soils from logging has been shown to
release tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while old
forests absorb and store carbon dioxide.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM has proposed in its Western Oregon
Plan Revision will lead to the loss of Oregon's irreplaceable ancient
forests, water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and
controversy.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners
who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from
wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation
opportunities. Additionally, these forests are owned by Americans across the
nation, who would like to see them strongly protected for future generations
to enjoy.

Please protect western BLM forests and maintain the Northwest Forest Plan
reserve system. Please use your power in Congress to rein in the Bush
administration and prevent them from spending money to log old growth
forests, and stop the BLM from selling off Oregon's ancient forest heritage.



Sheila Kalafsky

1215 16th Street, NE

Salem, Oregon

97301
EM-6382 beckyconary@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:33:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rebecca Conary
16330 Hadley Ln
Brookings, OR 97415

EM-6383 aechols99@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:34:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
asali echols
261 Hermosa Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

EM-6384 Barbara Mathieson <barbara.mathieson@gmail.com> WOPR comments 1/9/2008 21:41:01 Dear BLM,

During the 18 years that I have lived in Southern Oregon, I have spent many wonderful days hiking and backpacking in the areas covered by your Western Oregon Plan Revisions.  I am sad to see the BLM ignoring science and the will of the public in a rush to expand logging.  The WOPR's focus on clearcutting, the removal of protections for Oregon's old growth forests, the elimination of 23 currently recognized critical areas, and the danger to fish, wildlife, and soils is misguided.   As argued in Nauman and DellaSala's paper, "Scientific Evaluation of the BLM's Western Oregon Plan," the entire WOPR should be independently peer reviewed.

At a time when Americans are awakening to the dangers of global warming and are coming to appreciate the irreplaceable natural heritage that exists in the Oregon forests, it appears that the BLM is rushing out a regressive resource extraction plan that will destroy a significant area of our remaining legacy forests.  Please do not select your preferred alternative.  Start over and do it right.

Sincerely, 


 

Barbara Mathieson

4898 Highway 66

Ashland, OR  97520
EM-6385 edw-nold@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:47:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Edward Nold
1934 Tiffin Rd.
Oakland, CA 94602

EM-6386 aemerson@wavecable.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:49:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Ann E. Emerson
6816 Salmon Beach Road
Anacortes, WA 98221

EM-6387 ndumont@stanfordalumni.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:50:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Natalie DuMont
233 Dolores Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94103

EM-6388 hildegan@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 21:51:29 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

Our ancient legacy of forests, healthy ecosystems, and
biodiversity are at stake all in the name of greed in todays
move to massively increase logging.

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

It is entirely unacceptable to attempt to dig our way out of
George Bushes deficit spending by ravishing the forests of
Oregon, and our future.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Todd Hildebrandt
PO Box 189
Elmira, OR 97437-0189

EM-6389 dh900cr@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:09:30 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Donald Hill
138 Pebble Place
San Ramon, CA 94583

EM-6390 emilyaliu@juno.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:19:30 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
emily liu-elizabeth
4775 atherton ave
#12
San JOse, CA 95130

EM-6391 Chris Fowler <fowler@mind.net> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/9/2008 22:21:56 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Chris Fowler
966 Tyler Creek rd.
Ashland, OR 97520
EM-6392 cheternal@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:24:30 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Carla Haim
2706 Irvington Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92407

EM-6393 pckreitner@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:32:32 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:


Trashing the NWFP with the WOPR is one more demonstration of the
Bureau of Logging and Mining's pandering to the forest profits
industry's exploitation of the out-of-control consumptionism of
the American people, -- most notably our boundless want for
ever-bigger houses.
Sustainability-based forest resource management has to be
supply-driven, and the exploitation of the 10% remnant of our
"supply" of old-growth forest for commodity wood fiber/lumber is
an ecological abomination.




Sincerely,
Philip Kreitner
2814 SW Carolina St.
Portland, OR 97239

EM-6394 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:33:54 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am outraged by the possible elimination of old-growth and
streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands. Too few of the
natural and beautiful forests remain in Oregon.

I am a hiker and take pleasure in going to the natural forests.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Bruce F McClintic
Street: 1275 Dana
City,_State,_Zip: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Email_Address: clint@clint.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6395 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:34:21 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jim Stroop
Street: 188 High St
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene OR 97401
Email_Address: jds4131@comcast.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6396 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:34:53 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: John Se`love
Street: 85 Prall LN
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97405
Email_Address: choss2live@yahoo.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6397 vefoster@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:35:33 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Vince and Dianne Foster
926 Mason St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

EM-6398 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:35:34 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. With recent
devastating floods downstream from clearcuts after record rainfalls
in the Pacific Northwest it is becoming clearer that the health of
communities near forests is more dependent than ever on good
stewardship of the land. Preserving old-growth forests is critical
to helping maintain healthy ecosystems that provide clean water and
wildlfe habitat and that retain run-off to help prevent flooding.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,




Name: Martha Taylor
Street: 6545 53rd Ave NE
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle, WA 98115
Email_Address: denmarth@att.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6399 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:36:10 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide recreation, hiking, hunting, fishing, and
harvesting of non-timber products. Destruction of our old growth
forests would destroy critical habitat for hundreds of species,
threaten water quality in our rivers and watersheds, create hundreds
of new roads that would then need to be maintained, cause soil
compaction and erosion, damage sustainable ecosystems, and leave our
forests vulnerable to catastrophic fires. In addition, large intact
old growth forests soak up huge quantities of CO2 keeping our planet
cooler and more hospitable. They are the lungs and biological
filtering systems of the Earth.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is essential that we
protect them for the health of our planet.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Dona Shields
Street: 1400 West Hilliard Lane
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97404
Email_Address: jorvannan@aol.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6400 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:36:45 Dear Western Oregon BLM,
I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM (Bureau of
Land Mismanagement) lands. These forests provide habitat for many
wildlife species, clean drinking water to rural communities,
recreation for outdoor enthusiasts, and a legacy for future
generations.
With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.
Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.
Return to land management, not mismanagement!
Sincerely,


Name: Eldon Ball
Street: 3022 NE 140th St., #121
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle, WA 98125
Email_Address: eldonball@juno.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6440 rlmaples@dreyers.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 7:41:40 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Ronda Maples
4061 Peregrine Way
Pleasanton, CA 94566

EM-6441 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: old growth forests 1/10/2008 7:52:14 ---- Forwarded by Alan Hoffmeister/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 07:51 AM -----

"Xavier Patry" <xavier.patry@primus.ca>

01/09/2008 05:59 PM

To
<Alan_Hoffmeister@blm.gov>
cc

Subject
old growth forests








Alan:

Our old growth forests are the most valuable national treasure we have.  It is absolutely unacceptable to me that our government would even consider allowing these national treasures to be destroyed by the logging industry.  You must do everything in your power to stop this immediately.  The nation depends on you and more importantly, the health of this planet depends on you.  Do not fail in this greater obligation to all of existence -- certain corporate entities do not understand that profits are of no value in a world destroyed by global warming and resource elimination.  A brutally short-sighted decision to destroy our longest term national contributors is a failure of incalculable proportions.  

Embrace these forests as a part of your legacy of preservation and restoration rather than allow your legacy to be one of degradation and destruction.  

I pray that you have the strength to stand up to those who do not understand.  I pray that you accept this challenge.

Sincerely,
Xavier Patry


 
EM-6442 CRAIG M PATTERSON <craigmpatterson@msn.com> Wopr comments 1/10/2008 7:56:50 Edward W. Shepard, State Director                                    January 10, 2008

United States Department of Interior

Bureau of Land Management

Western Oregon Plan Revisions

P.O. Box 2965

Portland, Oregon 97208

 

Dear Mr. Shepard and the Oregon Bureau of Land Management.

 

The Western Oregon Plan Review represents a significant amount of work however your conclusion to adopt (#2) is totally unacceptable.

 

It provides no foundation of evidence that supports this level or intensity of cut is sustainable over time or addresses how it would move beyond the boom then busted economic cycles that have dogged our past history. Recommendation #2 represents another flash in the pan 'short-term taking', benefiting a few and passing unintended consequences onto future generations. It is the antithesis of sustainability or stewardship.

 

It's a whooper of a tale.. without understanding how our past choices have diminished the context of environmental health, economic vitality and social equality, the three pillars of sustainability.

 

History is bound to repeat itself if the lessons of the past are ignored, mitigated and/or justified by disconnecting cause and effect. This analysis ignores 'cause and effect' as well as the trends and trajectories of externalities and unintended consequences, refusing to understand them even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

 

Concurrently, you completely ignore or support the wisdom of alternatives like Orville and Mary Camp's Natural Selection Alternative which was given to you for free and represents a plan that has wide grassroots support and focuses on improving the healthy and functions of the ecosystem. Mary and Orville are concerned about being good ancestors recognizing they hold these resources in trust for future generations while they live off the interest their forest provides. 

 

Lets get down to the bottom line here. Any effort to continue the rape of our mother earth in the name of short term profiteering (i.e. Industrial forestry and clear cutting while converting forests into plantations) isn't sustainable from any perspective, not environmentally, not economically and certainly not socially. The jury is in if you look at the evidence.

 

Environmentally, the 'need' for restoration must be seen in terms of cause and effect and holistically incorporate those costs in the front end of our analysis, not as an unintended consequence that is simply passed along. The need for thinning, riparian restoration, invasive species or disease or pest infestations and the subsequent increased threat of cataclysmic fire or any externalities/ unintended consequences must be connected to the choices that created it or any solutions will perpetually fall short. This disconnect drives analysis that perpetuates the uneven playing field, giving enormous subsidies to the few and externalities/unintended consequences to the many and future generations and is well represented in alternative #2.

 

Sustainability or stewardship requires that we live on the interest and not take the principle, that we understand the interdependent interrelationships within and between each aspect of the triple bottom line and that we learn from history.

 

There are many aspects to the uneven playing field that need to be brought to light in order to begin a more comprehensive and sustainable analysis. Many stem from 'Industrial' assumptions, analysis and science.

 

Assumptions like Douglas fir trees grow 'better' and 'faster' in full sunlight, thus justifying clear-cutting. What they don't talk about is the inherently inferior lumber and products they are passing on to future generations while they take the best, biggest, slowest growing and most valuable trees. A number 3 peeler can bring $900.00 a thousand board feet where as pecker poles from young plantations are bringing $35.00 a thousand. How can you liquidate the most valuable now and leave a legacy of externalities, unintended consequences and pecker poles and call it multi-use, sustained yield forestry? It just isn't so.

 

Or the focus on 'mono' culture where we basically just plant Douglas fir as it is the 'premier' construction soft wood. We don't bother to add all the restoration costs of soil erosion and depletion, insect and disease infestations, invasive species, increased cataclysmic fire and the decreasing value of the timber, all of which contribute to the 'economic death spiral' where future liabilities increase and the ability to pay for them diminish.

 

Forest Science has also contributed its share of research that essentially attempts to mitigate, justify or ignore those pesky externalities by disconnecting cause from effect.

 

I remember a conference at the H.J. Andrews experimental forest a number of years ago on 'how can we create structural diversity within a plantation'. This theme has become the basis of many research projects and become a central focus/justification of Industrial forestry. However it ignores cause and effect.

 

Diversity was there to begin with, why destroy that diversity in order to save it. It is akin to killing the village in order to save it.  Yet educated people continue to push these disconnects and no one holds them accountable. The greatest good for the fewest number for the shortest time is alive and well within our institutions.

 

The one benefit of Industrial forestry is that it has maximized the short-term profits for the few, at the expense of the many and the yet unborn. Those on top certainly want to maintain their wealth and profit as alternative #2 provides. How much is enough and how much inequity can harbor acceptable discontentment?

 

What if we understood cause and effect, and the nature of externalities and unintended consequences? What if we created analysis that learned from history and incorporated that understanding? What if we designed our forestry programs around the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time? What if we focused on selective harvesting, local processing and end product forest management in a value added, job-creating applications of appropriate technology incorporating the interdependent aspects of the triple bottom line? What if we were more concerned with bring good ancestors than with our short-term profits?

 

If we understood any of these questions then recommendation #2 would not have the slightest consideration.

 

It is time to return to the wisdom embodied in the philosophy of Gifford Pinchot when he sought to provide the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time. Then we would consider the 'fate' of our ancestors in the front end of our equations and not just pass on the stumps and liabilities.

 

The O and C lands are supposed to be managed on sustained yield and even flow. So where is it? Certainly it hasn't been true in the past. Instead we have witnessed boom then busted environments and rural communities as the rule not the exception.  Is there criminal intent here? I wonder.

 

The past should be a model of what NOT to emulate, if we are honest, connect cause and effect and use holistic analysis. More of the same will only dig the hole deeper and insure hopelessness and poverty for our children and their children.

 

Recommendation #2 will insure a very brief benefit for a very few and intergenerational suicide for the many as the externalities and unintended consequences become due and payable. If recommendation #2 goes thru, future generations will curse your selfishness and ignorance, as will I.

 

It's time to wake up and connect the dots and think more about our ancestors that our next toy. 

 

No more clear-cutting. Period. It's time for a different paradigm.

 

Craig Patterson

91949 Taylor Road

McKenzie Bridge, Oregon 97413

craigmpatterson@msn.com
EM-6443 Melanie Wuerfel <wuerfel97504@peoplepc.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 7:57:20 Melanie Wuerfel
2364 Asher Drive
Medford, OR 97504-2157


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Melanie Wuerfel
541-776-1392

EM-6444 Jeremy Wuerfel <jeremyw@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 7:59:10 Jeremy Wuerfel
PO Box 766
Yreka, CA 96097-0766


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Jeremy Wuerfel
530-842-2310

EM-6445 Jennifer Darling <contrabandcuisine@spiritone.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 8:06:56 Dear BLM,
I dearly appreciate the difficulties of balancing all the different uses of a forest. Thank you for taking al sides and the future into consideration.
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Jennifer Darling
3295 SW 106th AVE
Beaverton, OR 97005
EM-6446 cwetsell@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:08:07 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Courtney Wetsell
3146 N St
Sacramento, CA 95816

EM-6447 hiketheworld@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:08:07 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

It is important for all nations to preserve their forests. Not
only are important habitats in danger, but any animal and even
plants are affected by the elimination of a species.
Deforestation contributes directly to increase in global warming
and you should be well aware of all the problems associated with
this.

We need to learn to reduce, recycle and reuse,which was taught
20-30 years ago and essentially ignored. Protecting our forests
will help decrease future expenses in the long run contrary to
what people are saying will happen if logging is restricted.

Please help our protect our planet.
Thank you.


Sincerely,
Lin Marie
335 Ventura Ave
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6448 jack.jan.indiancreek@mailbug.com Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 8:10:43 January 9, 2008

Bureau of Land Management
Western Oregon Plan Revisions
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 971208

Dear BLM,

Aldo Leopold said "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community."
Jack Ward Thomas said "Activity which is not consistant with long term preservation of the biotic community should be resisted for all but the most compelling reasons."
I feel the BLM has not made any compelling reasons in the Western Oregon Plan Revisions.
Instead of road to road clearcutting, why not selectively log; plow and revegetate (using fungus to break down the raw materials) the logging roads that scar the scenery and dump silt into streams; put in new culverts and bridges and improve campgrounds instead of closing them.
Instead of an agency so short of funds that it is willing to clearcut remaining old growth forests for short term gains, create a plan that funds trails and maintains current roads and bridges. Use money allocated for this plan and all the legal expenses that go along with a bad plan to pay personnel to manage the off-road vehicle problems for starters. License fees and fines would be great fund raisers.
Wildfires could be reduced by thinning and controlled burns rather than cutting the big old fire resistant trees. And the huge cost of fighting wildfires could be reduced by thinning and controlled burns. Letting wildfires burn in remote locations could also reduce costs.
Move away from expensive logging that is due in part to road building and helicopter logging that is subsidized by tax payer dollars.
Make a more comprehensive approach to forest management. Protect watersheds, fish and wildlife habitats and the beauty that draws hikers, hunters, fishermen and other forest users. It is good science and good economics. 90% of the economic value derived from western forests can be traced to recreation, much of it in roadless areas.
The Bush Administration has increased the logging budget for forests by 37%. Yet funding for national forest recreation programs have declined almost 25% and a further reduction for 2008 will force elimination of full-time jobs. How does that help communities?
When old washed out logging roads collapse, halt threatened fish passage and impact water quality, I believe BLM has a clear responsibility to mitigate the damage done to these critical habitats.
Your OHV plans need serious curbing or serious plans to provide manpower to control abuse by off-road vehicles. As you know this abuse is a huge challenge facing our national forests. These machines are a threat to wildlife and they steal the peace and quiet of our neighborhoods.
A report from Public Employees for Environmental Protection states that there were more than 5,400 law enforcement incidents in 2005 involving off-road vehicles on BLM lands compared to roughly 900 incidents involving drug violations. I hope you will not find the money for enforcement by clearcutting old growth forests.
Conservationists everywhere want restoration. Decades of clearcuts and road building have seriously damaged our forests. There is a real need to either properly maintain or to decommission some old logging raods, restore the streams and thin areas where suppression of natural fire has left heavy fuel for the next fire. These projects can bring financial help for local economies - much more than logging old growth which really only benefits the timber industry, President Bush's "base".
Healthy fisheries, wildlife, world-class recreation and watersheds that provide clean drinking water are what is most important to the vast majority of the public. Please, you must protect these forests for future generations.
You don't owe the O & C lands to the timber industry to rape for profits!
These federal lands belong not just to Josephine County but to all U.S. citizens and if the rest of the U.S. knew about the WOPR plan to cut old growth in the Pacific Northwest I'm sure there would be public outcry from every state in the Union.
When we drive up I-5 through the Roseburg area and see all the clearcuts, solid yellow with Scotch broom in the spring and solid white with snow in the winter, we also notice the tree farms, all very nice and uniform, one size fits all and we can believe that tree farms would be a serious fire hazard.
We can also picture tree farm after tree farm, a sea of green with not one hardwood for the gorgeous fall colors of a natural forest. Tree farms do not a forest make!
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires by law that you as a Federal agency seek and consider public comments on proposed actions affecting public lands. I understand that you are not required to alter or cancel proposals based on the majority view but you also must thoroughly analyze the full range of impacts (good and bad), provide for public input (which you have) and explain the rationale for the decision. And, if the vast majority of comments disagree with your proposal one would think that you would be inclined to rethink your DEIS.
The Bush Administration repeatedly appeases a small (but vocal and growing) off-road vehicle constituency interested in having many OHV Emphasis areas to play in - which keeps Big Oil happy.
I'm speaking up so that the oil, gas and timber industries know that the national forests and all public lands belong to the American people and so that they do not have all the influence over what hapens to these special places.
I know you have heard all of this many times and so I would like to thank you for this opportunity to express what matters to me and my family.
Thank you.

Sincerely,
Janet and Jack Walker
415 Indian Creek Road
Selma, Oregon 97538
and Matthew Walker
592 Indian Creek Road
Selma, Oregon 97538

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Requestor: Tina Paddock

Street: 325 NW 9th St

Location: McMinnville, OR 97128-5005

E-mail address: htpaddock2@verizon.net

Requested Item: Electronic Draft EIS

Comments/Question: The Bush Administration proposes the Western Oregon Plan Revisions WOPR to undo protections for Bureau of Land Management-administered public forests.  Here are the top ten reasons why gutting protections for some of our last, best old growth forest is a real bad idea: 10.  Quality of life.  9.  Peace and quiet.  8.   Clean water and salmon.  7.  Ancient forests.  6.  Wildlife and plant habitat.  5.  Sustainable economies. 4.  Northwest Forest Plan. 3.  It is illegal.  2.  Global warming and fire.  1.  There is a better way.  We should protect what is left of Oregon's old growth heritage forests, and restore those forests that have been degraded. Thinning small trees could offer more than 2 billion board feet of commercially valuable timber if actively thinned while preserving our last, best public lands for generations to come.
EM-6450 Nancy M Henderson <nmhenderson@epud.net> No to WOPR 1/10/2008 8:18:45 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

cc: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

We are very much opposed to the proposed management of nearly 2.6 million
acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The
changes being contemplated will erode protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution and degraded
habitat.

Your current proposal, which in includes the following, is unacceptable:
An increase of old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%,
The building of 1,000 miles of new logging roads in the next decade, and
Clearcuting at a 9-1 ratio to thinning.

Such a plan depletes our natural resource base for future generations by
weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Not to mention how
this proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the
climate.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of
BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities
in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood
products.

Thank you for this opportunity to comment.

Sincerely,
Dan and Nancy Henderson
1240 S. 10th Street
Cottage Grove, OR 97424


EM-6451 rmitry@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:26:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Raja Mitry
P.O. Box 1985
Burlingame, CA 94011

EM-6452 katalan@peak.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:30:23 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kathleen Maloy
PO Box 674
Yachats, OR 97498

EM-6453 Pete <prg11@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 8:36:35 Dear Sir,

I am extremely concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed
by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving
forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase
logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in
currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon
bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Nancy Hollander
10432 NW Lost Park Dr
Portland, Or, 97229
EM-6454 robertrhein@prodigy.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:49:43 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Robert Rhein
10376 El Honcho Place
San Diego, CA 92124

EM-6455 countessbasey@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:51:45 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Basey Klopp
411 Longfellow Ave.
Hermosa Bech, CA 90254

EM-6456 Bill Terry <billterr@comcast.net> Protect BLM Forests 1/10/2008 8:52:02 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM,

Please accept these comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I am a citizen concerned with the management of these lands, and I have direct interest in this matter. Each summer I vacation somewhere in the west camping and hiking in the national forests and public lands. If you destroy the old growth forest, I will quit those type vacations, thus depriving those western communities of the money that I leave there every year.

For the last ten years, the Bureau of Land Management administered forests in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan. This ensured these forests continued to provide important public values. These forests can also provide jobs and wood products as a by-product of forest restoration such as thinning young plantation forests.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM is contemplating may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy. Many of these forests are currently protected for water quality, salmon and wildlife concerns.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities.

Please continue to protect the western BLM forests that are now protected.

Sincerely,

Bill Terry
4641 Villa Green Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
EM-6457 mcchesney_n@4j.lane.edu Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 8:53:45 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home. There are millions of people that understand and are
beginning to understand how important these forests and our
endangered species are. We will destroy our home...our planet
earth if we don't practice better stewardship. Please DO NOT
allow this plan to move forward. Help us keep our beautiful
forests in tact.



Sincerely,
Nanci McChesney
1916 Madison
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6458 rickmov@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:00:51 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rick Movsky
PO Box 425
Lowell, OR 97452

EM-6459 racheltpayne@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:00:51 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

As a Washington State resident who has volunteered with the Hood
Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and who is concerned about the
state of our forests and fish streams, I am writing to oppose
the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and
unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest
Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests,
diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rachel Payne
9601 Sunrise Beach Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

EM-6460 greg koehn <gkoehn@timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 9:01:02 greg koehn
6338 fernhill ct
springfield, OR 97478-7701


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

It is critical that the BLM manage these lands on a sustainable basis for
the environmental and economic benefit of Oregon and the wood products
industry.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


greg koehn
302-8037

EM-6461 Trina Weiland <phantomwolf@hotmail.com> Protect BLM Forests 1/10/2008 9:04:09 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM,

Please accept these comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I am a citizen concerned with the management of these lands.

For the last ten years, the Bureau of Land Management administered forests in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan. This ensured these forests continued to provide important public values. These forests can also provide jobs and wood products as a by-product of forest restoration such as thinning young plantation forests.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM is contemplating may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy. Many of these forests are currently protected for water quality, salmon and wildlife concerns.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities.

Please continue to protect the western BLM forests that are now protected.

Sincerely,

Graduate Student Trina Weiland
Graduate Student
2848 Minnesota Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54481
EM-6462 kanetutu@peak.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:04:58 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Richard Takei
455 king st.
yachats, OR 97498

EM-6463 Chris Quirmbach <chrisq@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 9:08:21 Chris Quirmbach
P.O. Box 766
Yreka, CA 96097-0766


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Chris Quirmbach
5308422310

EM-6464 Celeste McKnight <celestem@tpsor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 9:16:40 Celeste McKnight
PO Box 766
Yreka, CA 96097-0766


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

No natural system exists in stasis therefore this should not be the
management strategy of the BLM.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Celeste McKnight
(530) 598-9614

EM-6465 mzjd4life@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:17:05 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Stacy Castro
702 E. Workman St. Apt D
Covina, CA 91723

EM-6466 Terry Asker <asker.terry@gmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 9:18:41 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Terry Asker
15785 SW Blackstone Drive
Beaverton, OR 97007

971-226-7212
EM-6467 laceyncotysmom@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:20:05 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Nicole Ferguson
1973 Fruitdale Drive
Grants Pass, OR 97527

EM-6468 Taylor, Elizabeth \(MAN-Baltimore-Washington\) <Elizabeth.Taylor@manheim.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 9:21:30 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. Take in to consideration the millions of people who believe  clear cutting old forrests is a bad decision made by an outgoing administration.  Look for a compromise or other alternatives instead of just who can make more money.

Sincerely,

Liz Taylor of baltimore, MD
EM-6469 Mary Grinage <mgrinage@timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 9:21:42 Mary Grinage
P.O. Box 269
Springfield, OR 97477-0055


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Mary Grinage

EM-6470 fionapriskich@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:25:07 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
fiona priskich
575 beresford gardens
Swan View, CA 90210

EM-6471 Erika Beyer <camas@epud.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 9:27:30 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st.
Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208


CC: Oregon Congressional delegation


Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions



Dear BLM:


I am very concerned and disheartened after reviewing the draft of the
Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I feel very strongly that the Bush
Administration is headed in the wrong direction with these proposed
management changes to nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests. Your
currently proposal is UNACCEPTABLE.

Your agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in
western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next
decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and
backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future
generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon.
Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in
regulating the global climate.

Your proposal should instead focus on managing previously logged public
forestlands and the use of thinning second growth forests. This wood could
be provided to local mills while simultaneously improving wildlife habitat.

At a time when we have worked so hard to preserve what is left of our
forests, the world is in the midst of a climate change crisis, several
species are at risk of extinction, and the world's clean drinking water
supply is diminishing rapidly, it is extremely disappointing to see the
emergence of this plan. Consider using your efforts to instead protect
remaining old-growth forests, search for alternatives to profits from
clear-cutting, and concentrate on creating job opportunities in recreation,
restoration, and watershed management that would benefit all of us.
Please, let us protect our Oregon heritage forests and learn from our past
mistakes. Don't destroy Oregon for the sake of short-term economic gain.
We will all regret it.

Sincerely,

Erika Beyer
2685 Elinor Street
Eugene, OR 97403
camas@epud.net


EM-6472 marybeth326@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:29:11 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
MaryBeth Bishoff
1632 Bradley Dr.
Eugene, OR 97401

EM-6473 jenschumacher@cox.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 9:31:12 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jennifer Schumacher
4 Sandpebble
Irvine, CA 92603

EM-6474 Alex Maksymowicz <alexmaks@jeffnet.org> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 9:32:05 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with
the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's
old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old
growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. I
find the notion of expanding OHV recreation absolutely appalling. You
should be trying to eliminate this destructive activity that profits no one
but the Japanese industrial machine and its local minions.

Sincerely,

Alex & Lillian Maksymowicz
310 Skycrest Dr
Ashland, OR 97520

EM-6475 Darcy Danielson <Darcy@opendoor.com> W.O.P.R. a whopper of a poor idear 1/10/2008 9:32:17 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

You've read the boiler-plate email that suggests strong resistance
from concerned Oregonians about pending actions that would change the
face of Oregon forest lands forever.

In short, keep the federal hand off of these trees. Authorize NO
road construction in forest lands. Do not bow to beaurocratic
pressure to "manage" these lands in ways only thinkable by men in
suits in an environment removed from the reality of wilderness lands
loved by the people who worship them.

You wouldn't make a Plan Revision to anybody's Sunday services, would
you? Leave the shrine alone.

Sincerely,

Darcy Danielson
474 Lit Way
Ashland, OR 97520
EM-6476 Mick Briscoe <mick_briscoe@yahoo.com> Be good stewards of Old Growth 1/10/2008 9:34:58 Dear BLM,
I am embarrassed by the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Many of the bureaucrats with BLM and other Federal agencies talk about protecting streams and wildlife during logging--but do you ever walk the land to see if that actually occurs? I do. What I see, despite all statements to the contrary is logging that extends to within ten feet of a stream or river bed. What I see is erosion and landslides caused by inadequate care and poor road design. What I see is bureaucrats standing by while others are lining their pockets while our forests suffer.

We must learn to be good stewards of the land before it is too late.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Mick Briscoe
12478 SW 72nd Ave #813
Tigard, OR 97223
EM-6477 Chris D. <rikitiki13@earthlink.net> Proposed land-use 1/10/2008 9:35:22 Christopher G. Doyle
24880 E. Tigerlily Dr.
Rhododendron, OR. 97049
(503) 622 - 1036

For the record: I am inputting into your process

to inform you that I strongly support

the NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE.

(the others do an injustice to the land and people)
EM-6478 Elizabeth & Jeff Davies <ecotours@teleport.com> Protect BLM Forests 1/10/2008 9:55:50 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM,

Please accept these comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I am a citizen concerned with the management of these lands.

PLEASE PROTECT ALL FORESTS OVER 70 YEARS OLD. THE BLM & FOREST SERVICE ALLOW FOR TOO MUCH WILDLIFE HABITAT AND CLEAN WATER DESTRUCTION ALREADY.

Sincerely,
MR. & MRS. JEFF DAVIES
3127 SE 23RD AVE
PORTLAND, OR 97202

Elizabeth & Jeff Davies
3127 SE 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97202

503-245-1428
EM-6520 robert schofield <rmssrmss@gmail.com> Dont increase harvest 1/10/2008 11:08:37 I am writing to add my oppinion against increasing harvest.

Robert Schofield
Eugene, OR 974023
EM-6521 Noel Fagerhaugh <Noelfagerhaugh@juno.com> Protect BLM Forests 1/10/2008 11:09:05 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM,

Please accept these comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I am a citizen concerned with the management of these lands.

For the last ten years, the Bureau of Land Management administered forests in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan. This ensured these forests continued to provide important public values. These forests can also provide jobs and wood products as a by-product of forest restoration such as thinning young plantation forests.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM is contemplating may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy. Many of these forests are currently protected for water quality, salmon and wildlife concerns.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities.

Please continue to protect the western BLM forests that are now protected.

Sincerely,

Noel Fagerhaugh
877 41 St.
Oakland, CA 94608
EM-6522 Tracy Arasmith <tracya@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 11:15:20 Tracy Arasmith
130 phillippe
yreka, CA 96097-9014


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

I support Alternative 2 which will increase the harvest on BLM lands.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Tracy Arasmith

EM-6523 joannaparis@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:19:33 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
JoAnna Paris
P.O. Box 506
Lahaina, HI 96767

EM-6524 MICHAEL WILLIAMSON <idadio@gmail.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 11:21:46 MICHAEL WILLIAMSON
1210 NORTHRIDGE DRIVE
YREKA, CA 96097-2120


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

I would to request that you support Alternative 2.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


MICHAEL WILLIAMSON
530-841-1139

EM-6525 Bill Ward <wardwi@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 11:25:28 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving
forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase
logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in
currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon
bearing rivers and creeks. I'm opposed to this plan.

Sincerely,

William Ward
12956 SE 127th
Clackamas OR
EM-6526 adamandadina@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:26:37 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
adina g
po box 67105
scotts valley, CA 95067

EM-6527 Megan Adkins <adkinsmegan@gmail.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 11:27:48 Dear BLM Representative,

After hearing on the radio yesterday that BLM is planning to sell nearly 50% of Oregon's old-growth forests for logging, I was immediately compelled to write and express my concern and call on you for action.  

Growing up in Oregon I have always taken great pride in our green state and been proud to live among a people (Oregonians) that seem acutely aware of the value of keeping the environment healthy. 

Oregon's ancient forests deserve permanent protection, and the Northwest Forest Plan's protections must remain in place for BLM lands.  Losing any amount of the forest puts at risk important public assets such as clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and jobs in forest restoration, fire safety and tourism. It also jeopardizes some of Oregon's most stunning landscapes and access to the recreational activities within.

Even more important, Oregon's ancient forests act as a carbon sink, comparable to the ancient rainforests of the southern hemisphere.  We cannot overlook what BLM's Western Oregon Plan Prevision will do to hurt our efforts to mitigate global climate change.  Clear cutting and damage to soils from logging has been shown to release tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while old forests absorb and store carbon dioxide.  The BLM's plans for increased logging in these ancient forests under the WOPR will take America backwards in efforts to prevent global climate change.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners and we would like to see the forest managed to protect our homes and the forests from wildfires, and also strongly protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Please protect western BLM forests and maintain the Northwest Forest Plan reserve system. Please protect Oregon's ancient forest heritage.


Sincerely,

Megan Adkins

12391 Centerwood Road SE
Jefferson Oregon 97352

 
EM-6528 ron_nel4life@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:28:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Ronnel Corre
1976 Autumn Gold Dr
San Jose, CA 95131

EM-6529 svrs_21@yahoo.gr Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:28:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Athanasia Giagtzidou
Kastaneon 16
Alexandroupoli 68100


EM-6530 Pete Giordano <peteg@northwest-rivers.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 11:32:04 Dear BLM,
After reading much of the DEIS for the proposed changes to management of BLM lands in Oregon, I have several areas of concern. Primarily, my concerns focus on reduced riparian protection from logging, reduced management for scenic value, and reduced emphasis for the protection of older forests (100+ years). I live and work in rural Clackamas County and utilize BLM lands both for work and recreation.

Reduced riparian protection
I am very concerned and perplexed as to why the Preferred Alternative would seek to reduce protection for riparian areas by reducing the width of streamside "buffers". A 25' standard is much too small. On the one hand the report talks about restoration of stream habitat for fish, which I assume means adding wood and wood structures to streams, and on the other hand, reducing streamside buffers reduces the potential for natural introduction of wood into streams. This is illogical and would seem to me to be strange economic logic. In addition, narrow buffers are MUCH more susceptible to wind damage and landslide issues.

I don't feel that with the current emphasis on salmon recovery and fish habitat concerns for other species, that there should be any reduction in the amount of streamside land protected from logging and other disturbance. The Preferred Alternative's drastic reduction of Riparian Reserve acreage is unacceptable and will only result in more degradation of streams and creeks on BLM-managed lands.

Reduced scenic lands
I am also concerned with the drastic reduction of lands managed for scenic qualities. I'm a local rafting outfitter on the Clackamas and Molalla Rivers. The Forest Service manages much of the Clackamas River corridor to protect scenic views from the river. I have many clients from around the country that come to raft the Clackamas River that are astounded by the scenery along the river all the way to the canyon rim. On the other hand, the scenic qualities of the Molalla River corridor have been heavily influenced by previous logging in the corridor. While the scenery is outstanding immediately along the river, the clear views of logging just outside the immediate corridor greatly detracts from the experience of rafting or kayaking the Molalla River. I would like to see scenic qualities emphasized in the management of the Molalla River and other rivers on BLM lands.

Old Growth rotation
I'm also greatly concerned with the Preferred Alternative's lack of continued protection for older forests and emphasis on regeneration harvests. Forests that are older than 100 years should be off-limits to logging of any kind. Timber production should only focus on previously logged lands that have a similar rotation to private lands (45-70 years). The percentage of old-growth forests in Oregon is so small that the BLM should do whatever it can to preserve older forests. The Preferred Alternative's statement that 240 years is a legitimate "rotation" for logging is offensive. There is simply no legitimate reason to log forests that have been lucky enough to escape logging for more than a hundred years. Again, focus timber production on second-growth forests that are less than 70 years old. This seems to work just fine on private lands. I don't see why the BLM should manage their lands differently.

I strongly hope that the BLM re-considers their policy in regards to the points above. The BLM should be taking a leadership role in progressive management of forests rather than relying on management concepts that have failed in the past.

Pete Giordano
PO Box 1671
Estacad, OR 97023
EM-6531 venita varga <venitakskq@yahoo.com> protect oregon forests 1/10/2008 11:33:24 Dear Sir or Madam:
 
As a 25-year resident of Oregon in Jackson County, I've enjoyed its unique forests, which provide clean drinking water, places to get away from cities and jobs in management, tourism and fire safety.  Over 2 million acres managed by BLM are at risk through a federal government attempt to remove environmental protections for public lands in the Cascade, Siskiyou and Coastal mountains.  I object to any change in the status of these lands and to any cutting of timber in these areas.  Please protect them.




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EM-6532 robinkatz@proaxis.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:35:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
robin Katzenstein
38694 Neeley Rd
Albany, OR 97322

EM-6533 wolff.katie@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:35:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Katie Wolff
1438 NW 63rd St.
Seattle, WA 98107

EM-6534 gbartol@bendbroadband.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:36:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

Come on guys, you know that the people are against cutting old
growth, the only ones for it are the people who make money from
it. Don't cave to the money interests. I strongly oppose the
BLM's attempt to put our nation's beloved forests at-risk
through the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This
misguided and unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of
the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent
forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the
region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Geoffrey Bartol
135 NW Vicksburg Ave
Bend, OR 97701

EM-6535 rblument@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:38:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Robert Blumenthal
2812 NE 62nd St.
Seattle, WA 98115

EM-6536 aspinlamb@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:38:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Julie Aspinwall-Lamberts
1961 Finch Lane
Eugene, OR 97401

EM-6537 skyjster@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:38:49 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Schuyler Judd
Po Box 64
Island Park, ID 83429

EM-6538 Audrey Reed <pathpals@comcast.net> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 11:43:41 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Audrey Reed
8327 SW 62nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97219-3161

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EM-6539 romanowicz@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:43:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Patricia Romanowicz
9468 Appalachian Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827

EM-6540 Robert Haney <pathpals@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 11:45:47 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Robert Haney
8327 SW 62nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
EM-6541 rpanzer@juno.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 11:49:59 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Richard Panzer
1315 LOMA VISTA DR
NAPA, CA 94558-9443

EM-6542 Iinet <weagant@pacifier.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 11:52:02 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving
forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase
logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in
currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon
bearing rivers and creeks. Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS


EM-6543 oshana Catranides <oshanac@hotmail.com> No WOPR 1/10/2008 12:03:34 Citizen Comments Concerning WOPR,
 
I am opposed to alternatives 2,3,4 of the WOPR
 
Decreased stream buffers will degrade water quality and quantity.
Decreased stream buffers will harm fish habitat and endanger threatened species of salmon.
 
Tourism revenue statewide is greater than timber industry revenue, and logging old growth will destroy the forest values that visitors cherish and come here to enjoy. WOPR decrease statewide tourism revenue.
 
Logging adjacent to private lands will decrease property values.
 
Removing large trees growing on sloped land increases likelihood of death and destruction from Land Slides, as Oregon citizens have seen before.
 
Economically, WOPR increases single-industry revenue  access (timber) while displacing hundreds of service-related industries in tourism, hunting, guiding, river rafting, fishing, recreation, hiking, camping, rock climbing, naturalizing, botanizing, birding, surveying, winter sports and summer vacation activities.
 
I favor a NO ACTION, Alternative 1, for the WOPR.
 
STOP WOPR!
 
signed,
Lisa Catranides
321 Clay St #26
Ashland Oregon 97520



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EM-6544 vikplace@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:09:13 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Earle Schremp
209 Viking Place
Alamo, CA 94507

EM-6545 Marg334jane@aol.com comment 1/10/2008 12:09:57 We, the undersigned, feel the need to comment on the Western Oregon Plan Revision(WOPR) even though we live afar because the management of our public lands effect everyone, not just our friends and relatives living in Western Oregon.
The WOPR preferred alternative will cause loss of scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, clean water, endangered species, fire resilent forests and tourist related jobs. We do not believe that at a time when even our government is agreeing that there is a green house effect- that we're destroying our planet, the BLM should
clearcut old growth forests that are protected by the Northwest Forest Plan to save endangered species and our watersheds, which will add to the green house effect.
We support the Natural Selection Alternative, which is the community supported alternative, for the manage-
ment of these public lands. The NSA fullfills the WOPR's  "Purpose and Need", whereas the BLM's proposed
action alternative does not. The NSA restores forests which filter toxins and retain watersheds for our future
generations. The natural beauty of the old growth forests attract tourists, like us, who bring commerce to  the
area. We do not have 300 plus year old trees here and can't believe that you would even consider cutting them down. We will not pay to travel to see clearcuts.
 
                                                               Richard Sr. and Margaret Carey
                                                               7 Sprinkle Rd.
                                                               Leverett, Ma 01054
                                                               marg334jane@aol
 
                                                               Richard Jr. and Sandy Carey
                                                               scarey559@hotmail.com
 
                                                               Mary and Maureen Doyle
                                                               me.doyle3@gmail.com
 
                                                               Elizabeth Loving
                                                               betsyloving@hotmail.com
 
                                                              Corinne Kolasienski
                                                              ckassociates@charter.net
 
                                                              Gina Lombardi
                                                              sailorguin@yahoo.com
 
                                                             Marli Lombardi
                                                              purpleforester@yahoo.com
 
                                                             Adrian Derrico
                                                              adrian.derrico@gmail.com
 
                                                             Jen and Josh Lavangie
                                                             mushcat1@yahoo.com
 
                                                              Joe LaVangie
                                                             jsplavangie@aol.com
 
                                                             Reverend Larry Riddle
                                                             Church Hill Rd.
                                                             Leverett, Ma 01054
                                                             367 2809
 
                                                              
                                             





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EM-6546 klaus@myexpertise.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:11:20 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Klaus Schreyack
2602 Huntington Ln
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

EM-6547 Jeanette Hardison <lunadancer@earthlink.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 12:14:07 I am VERY concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. I understand that the BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR), which will increase logging in Oregon's older native forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected ancient forest reserves --stands over 150 years (often called Old Growth) and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.
 
Liquidation of these forests is in violation of numerous federal laws including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, and I demand that the draft DEIS be scrapped and rewritten to protect older forests and watersheds.  Please go back to the drawing board and try again.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Hardison
1690 NW Highland Dr.
Corvallis, OR 97330
EM-6548 Ronald Vincent <wj7r@comcast.net> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 12:14:18 Ronald Vincent
3715 University St.
Eugene, OR 97405-4347


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis. More importantly I
would suggest that Alternative 2 is supported as well.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Ronald Vincent
541-343-7589

EM-6549 claudiatobin@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:16:25 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Claudia Tobin
16525 187Th Ave Ne
Woodinville, WA 98072

EM-6550 harmonicaman47@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:16:25 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Frank Allen
Buena Vista Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

EM-6551 Matt Tietjen <mtietjen@apbb.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 12:16:31 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase
old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build
1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a
9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that
depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening
protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal
ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need
of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually
improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of
precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing
old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts
water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special
places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests
on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR
proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth
protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM
is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn
complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of
BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and
generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Matt Tietjen
2175 Humbug Creek Rd.
Applegate, OR 97530
EM-6552 Matt Tietjen <mtietjen@apbb.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 12:16:37 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase
old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build
1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a
9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that
depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening
protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal
ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need
of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually
improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of
precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing
old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts
water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special
places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests
on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR
proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth
protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM
is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn
complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of
BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and
generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Hardin-Tietjen

2175 Humbug Creek Rd.
Applegate OR 97530
EM-6553 pathpals <pathpals@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 12:17:28 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

The Northwest Forest Plan's protections should remain in place for BLM lands, not sacrificed in an out-of-court deal between the timber industry and the White House. Oregon ancient forests deserve permanent protection and should be managed to maintain important public assets such as clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, diverse recreation opportunities, stunning scenery, and jobs in forest restoration, fire safety and tourism.

Ancient forests in Oregon also serve as an important carbon storage and sequestration resource to help mitigate global warming. The BLM's plans for increased logging in these ancient forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revision will take America backwards in efforts to prevent global climate change. Clearcutting and damage to soils from logging has been shown to release tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while old forests absorb and store carbon dioxide.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM has proposed in its Western Oregon Plan Revision will lead to the loss of Oregon's irreplaceable ancient forests, water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities. Additionally, these forests are owned by Americans across the nation, who would like to see them strongly protected for future generations to enjoy.

Please protect western BLM forests and maintain the Northwest Forest Plan reserve system. Please use your power in Congress to rein in the Bush administration and prevent them from spending money to log old growth forests, and stop the BLM from selling off Oregon's ancient forest heritage.

Sincerely,

Audrey Reed
EM-6554 mlthom@napanet.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:18:28 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Matthew Thompson
9960 Franz Valley School Road
Calistoga, CA 94515

EM-6555 cewing_01@earthlink.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:18:28 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Connie Ewing
91593 Poodle Creek Road
Noti, OR 97461

EM-6556 roger.landry@prurealty.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:21:32 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

Protect the Forests I am writing in opposition to the BLM's
attempt to put our nation's beloved forests at-risk through the
proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided
and unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of the
Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent
forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the
region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Roger Landry
1261 41st ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

EM-6557 don monjure <damonjure@earthlink.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 12:34:34 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to
increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by
700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and
clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards
proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future
generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon.
Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in
regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in
need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while
actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws
out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by
increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix.
The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of
Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature
and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural
treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-
growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger,
the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and
turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management
of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds
and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Heidi Monjure
1455 Pinecrest Terrace
Ashland, OR.
EM-6558 test@katrinawynne.org BLM-Western Oregon Plan 1/10/2008 12:43:55 I'm writing to give feedback about the recent changes to the Northwest Forest Plan (NFP). I live in the Western Oregon forest and am personally involved with local county, state and federal forest agencies with enhancing the local forest.

The Western Oregon Plan Revision is NOT SUSTAINABLE to the future of the forest. It only sustains financial interests with no solid support for the future of the forest or our grandchildren.

I DO NOT SUPPORT the cutting of old growth trees, anywhere. With current climate conditions, our forests are struggling to maintain any semblance of health, without the interference of forest management practices.

Sincerely, Katrina Wynne
Oregon
EM-6559 Alleson Sandwell <allesonk@spiritone.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 12:50:07 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Alleson Sandwell
3212 Upper Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
EM-6560 seth@anotherworldpossible.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:51:46 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Seth Snapp
2214 H. Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

EM-6561 Rachelle Sarfati <shellinindia@yahoo.com> Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 12:54:00 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration isheaded in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federalforests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that theBLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmarkNorthwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degradedhabitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increaseold-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal thatdepletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakeningprotections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposalignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning secondgrowth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect whatremains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previouslylogged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in needof thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actuallyimproving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out ofprecious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasingold-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR putswater quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most specialplaces. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forestson public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPRproposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growthprotection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLMis proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turncomplex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management ofBLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate jobopportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds andgenerate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS



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Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
PO Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520
541-488-5789
www.kswild.org

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EM-6562 Mary Casas <mtcasas@gmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 12:55:04 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Mary Casas
851 West Broadway
Eugene, OR 97402
EM-6563 masterwinggundam@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 12:57:46 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Aleks Kimball
2056 11th Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

EM-6564 Michael Datz <DatzMR@jacksoncounty.org> Proposed changes in forest management 1/10/2008 12:57:49 To Whom It May Concern,

This thinly veiled corporate give-a-way will forever characterize your organization as a tool of 'Extremist Know Nothings' regarding the unwise use of our common resources. History will also condemn the BLM along with other individuals and organizations that refused to recognize the reality of global warming and other truly pressing ecological issues.That your organization's decisions will not only adversely affect local communities, but will harm your children and grand children as well appears to be of little concern. What utter foolishness and harm your distorted 'science' gifts us. Shame on all in your organization who not only put out this propaganda, but then believe their own distortions.

Not so respectfully,


Michael Datz MA
EM-6565 treeseed1@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:01:48 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Terrie True
1125 W. Main Street
Lot 23
Appleton, WI 54911-4162

EM-6566 Kristldoug@aol.com PLEASE don't allow the WOPR 1/10/2008 13:04:44 Please don't allow the Bush administration to pillage our old grown forests with the WOPR!!!
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. So many are working so diligently to protect our natural resources - please don't allow this WOPR to be the end of so many of our efforts.

Sincerely,

Kristl Bridge
3735 SE Berkeley Way
Portland OR 97202





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EM-6567 joan_wally_macdonald@alum.calberkeley.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:04:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

We are writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy. INstead, rewrite the plan to protect
our ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call
these areas home.



Sincerely,
Joan and Wallace MacDonald
519 Emmons Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043

EM-6568 Marg334jane@aol.com comment 1/10/2008 13:06:47 We, the undersigned, feel the need to comment on the Western Oregon Plan Fevision(WOPR) even though we live afar because the management of our public lands effect everyone, not just our friends and relatives
living in Western Oregon.
The WOPR's preferred alternative will cause loss of scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, clean water, endangered species, fire resistant forests and tourist related jobs. We do not believe that at a time when even our government is agreeing that there is a green house effect-  that we're destroying our planet, the BLM should
clearcut old growth forests that are protected by the Northwest Forest Plan to save endangered species and
our watersheds, which will add to the green house effect.
We support the Natural Selection Alternative, which is the community supported alternative, for the management of these public lands. The NSA fullfills the WOPR's "Purpose and Need", whereas the BLM's
proposed action alternative does not. The NSA restores forests which filter toxins and retains watersheds for our future generations. The natural beauty of the old growth forests attract tourists, like us, who bring commerce to the area. We do not have 300 plus year old trees here and can't believe that you would even consider cutting them down. We will not pay to travel to see clear cuts.
 
                                                                                Richard Sr. and Margaret Carey
                                                                                7 Sprinkle Rd.
                                                                                Leverett, Ma 01054
                                                                                marg334jane@aol.com
 
                                                                                Richard Jr. and Sandy Carey
                                                                                scarey559@hotmail.com
 
                                                                                Mary and Maureen Doyle
                                                                                me.doyle3@gmail.com
 
                                                                                Elizabeth Loving
                                                                                betsyloving@hotmail.com
 
                                                                                Corinne Kolasienski
                                                                                ckassociates@charter.net
 
                                                                                Gina Lombardi
                                                                                sailorguin@yahoo.com
 
                                                                                Marli Lombardi
                                                                                purpleforester@yahoo.com
 
                                                                                Adrian Derrico
                                                                                adrian.derrico@gmail.com
 
                                                                                Jen and Josh LaVangie
                                                                                mushcat1@yahoo.com
 
                                                                                Joe LaVangie
                                                                                jsplavangie@aol.com
 
                                                                                Reverend Larry Riddle
                                                                                Church Hill Rd.
                                                                                Leverett, Ma 01054





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EM-6569 sonjand@gmail.com Oppose WOPR and protect our ancient forrests! 1/10/2008 13:14:04 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sonja Andreas
9442 N Woolsey Ave
Portland, OR 97203

EM-6570 shirlee484@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:14:04 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Shirlee Ford
4130 Brae Burn Dr
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6571 Richard and Sandra Quigley <quigley@rio.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 13:14:53 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving
forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase
logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in
currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon
bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Richard Quigley
Sandra Quigley
2260 Jefferson St, Eugene, Oregon 97405
EM-6572 michaeljbrant@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:19:12 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Michael Brant
1739 45th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

EM-6573 cmsoutsider@excite.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:19:12 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Anne Garwig
2501 Summit St
#1
Columbus, OH 43202

EM-6574 jayfarrarisgod@insightbb.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:23:14 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Candace Miloshevich
3049 Trinity
Springfield, IL 62702

EM-6575 Hatchetalex7@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:26:15 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
renata bryant
405 E.titus
kent, WA 98030

EM-6576 bethmark <bethmark@frontiernet.net> wopr comments 1/10/2008 13:35:16 here are my comments,Beth Peterson - wopr beth_0.doc
EM-6577 Susan Rolle <srolle@mind.net> WOPR comments 1/10/2008 13:40:28 Attached and pasted below are my comments to the proposed alternative in the WOPR DEIS.  Thank you for your the opportunity to comment.  Su Rolle
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Susan Ervin Rolle

311 High Street

Ashland, OR 97520-2610

srolle@mind.net

                                                                                                      1/7/2008                                 

To:     Bureau of Land Management

          Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office

          333 SW 1st Avenue

          Portland, OR 97208

 

Re:     WOPR

 

I am keenly familiar with federal land management in Oregon for the last 30 years.  I saw the shift from thinning and uneven age management to clearcutting with disastrous results for Southern Oregon.  The research supporting regeneration after clearcuts may have applied to forests from Eugene north.  But during my service as District Ranger for the Forest Service for the Applegate District of the Rogue River NF, I can assure you that we struggled for years to reforest clearcuts with little success.  What grew instead was brush with increased wildfire danger. Clearcutting again in this region is unconscionable.

 

I was also the coordinator for the Applegate Adaptive Management Area from 1994-1999 serving as Interagency Liaison between the BLM, FS, and the communities of Applegate Watershed.  During those years, we shifted from basically no cutting due to the owl suits to an aggressive thinning regime achieving 3 significant goals:

Over 55 million board feet of timber was offered, sold, and made it to the mills.  The lion's share came from BLM.  This level was greater than any other resource area or district at the time.  (I retired in '99 and don't have the figures since, but they weren't small potatoes.)
Risk of wildfire was greatly reduced over thousands of acres treated through thinning and brush removal.
More cooperation and collaboration occurred between private citizens, community leaders, and other agencies than perhaps ever in the history of BLM or FS.  (The Applegate Partnership didn't reach the highest summit envisioned, but the levels gained were profound given the conditions.  And excellent work continues to date.) 

 

Oregon citizens support thinning and, in some cases, uneven age management.  But very few people support clearcutting.  Oregon citizens know that only a small fraction of old-growth forests remain, and very few support cutting those remnant acres. 

 

I fully understand the economic disaster facing our country, our state, our counties, and our citizenry.  I am a strong supporter of timber industry.  There is enough forest thinning needed in Oregon to feed the mills for generations to come while reducing the fire danger as long as we continue to find ways to fund the brush work and small diameter tree removal.  To lose public support of federal forest management by shifting into reverse as proposed is a disaster-horrific for the land and the people.  We worked so hard to gain a higher level of support for agencies, please don't destroy it now.

 

Please reconsider your proposal; don't start clearcutting again nor entering old-growth forests.  The best option will be one that Oregon citizens can support now and in the future.

 

Sincerely,

 

SER/

Su Rolle

 

cc:      Senator Ron Wyden

          Senator Gordon Smith

          Representative Greg Walden

          Representative Peter DeFazio

          Representative Earl Blumenhauer

          Representative Darlene Hooley

          Representative David Wu

          Governor Ted Kulonoski

  - WOPR.doc
EM-6578 Sophie Smith <somachezma@yahoo.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 13:42:14 Bureau of Land Management
Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue
Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Dear BLM,
I am extremely concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Perhaps most shocking of all, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Sophie Goss
1010 Polk St.
Eugene, OR 97402



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EM-6579 conyaclu@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:43:19 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Luke Conyac
11418 9th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98177

EM-6580 joycetn2002@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:45:19 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home. I pray I never see this action fail and that you
keep GW from ruining or even touching OUR FORESTS!!



Sincerely,
Joyce T. Naylor
2509 Westberry Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-4134

EM-6581 soupuno@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:46:19 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Allan Campbell
3162 Isadora Dr.
San Jose, CA 95132-1920

EM-6582 Victoria Meier <meier235@gmail.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 13:46:33 Dear Sirs:

The proposed inclusion of ancient forests as part of "timber
management areas" takes a myopic view of what is good for the forests,
the State of Oregon, and our planet. WOPR is a misguided proposal at
best, and it will cause further harm to species and habitat already
endangered. Please do not let private wealth take precedence over the
health of our planet and future generations.

Most sincerely,
Victoria Meier
4669 Exeter Street
West Linn, OR 97068

EM-6583 jasutch@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 13:48:19 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Joanne Sutch
2930 s. coast hwy Apt. #4
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

EM-6584 Adam Martin <forestsareyourfriends@gmail.com> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 13:50:09 Dear BLM,
 
The proposed revisions for Western Oregon's BLM land are unnacceptable and from a bygone and increasingly inadequate era when public lands were only there to be syphoned off to the large timber corporations at the expense of healthy air, drinking water, viable runs of salmon, and intact ecosystems. The plan is from a bygone era when timber was Oregon's main economy, yet since then the economy has diversified as so should the uses of the public land away from clearcut logging.  The plan should of instead focused on thinning dense second growth stands and restoring the damage the agency has inflicted to the blatantly and poorly mismanaged land. The plan is such a blatant effort to strip the land of environmental standards for business efforts that I am surprised the agency had the gall and audacity to do it, though I am not surpised.
 
75% of Oregon's old growth has been logged and destroyed, no more should be cut, if the timber companies and the agencies in their pockets could not manage them correctly, they have no right to continue to use them. Public forests should stay uncut for wildlife and the public, not to put easy money in the pockets of private industries. Increasingly, studies are coming out showing the importance of old growth in offsetting the effects of climate change due to the fact that they are massive carbon sinks. When clearcut it takes atleast 250 years for the area to collect and store as much carbon as it had before cut.
 
Owls, murrelets, salmon, pine martens, red tree voles, and all the other creatures endangered due to the practices of the logging companies, BLM and the FS need the little land you've left.  Trying to get out of the responsibility of helping recovery the populations your agency has destroyed is unnacceptable. Keep the land for them. The BLM should stay in the NWFP it is integral to the health and survival of many species dependent on old growth, and on old growth forests themselves. In fact the forested lands owned by the BLM should be transfered to the Forest Service to stay in the Northwest Forest Plan. If you cannot manage it fairly or appropriately, maybe the Forest Service could.
 
As a citizen of the US I am appalled and angered at the unproffesionalism and corruption of the BLM and the blatant disregard of the lives and livelihoods of the non-humans and humans of Oregon. I am angered at the blatant effort to further distance the public from keeping your agency responsible for its actions by further taking our voices out of policy development. These lands provide clean water to many rural areas and many rural areas reside within BLM land, this plan will do nothing but continue to hurt these communities. Instead the BLM should focus on restoration, which not only could provide jobs to rural communities but strength the help of not only those rural communities (as well as meet the objectives of the O & C act) but also strengthen the habitats of those old growth species under threat of extinction.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randall A. Martin
360 1/2 Plymouth St. NW
Olympia, WA 98502
 
 
EM-6585 Randy Cote <randy.cote@us.army.mil> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 13:52:23 Dear BLM,
I moved to Oregon a few years ago. The environment was one of the main reasons for my move. Not only the beauty but also the people in oregon share my beliefs and are passioate about the environment. Like them I want to protect it for future generations. This plan is trhe exact opposit of what I and the majority of Oregonians want. I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Randy Cote
1461 Greentree circle
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
EM-6586 Lane <totem@frontiernet.net> WOPR comments 1/10/2008 13:59:14 Bureau of Land Management, ( BLM )

Western Oregon Plan Revisions, ( WOPR )

P.O. Box 2965

Portland, Oregon

97208

 

Dear Public servants

   I am absolutely filled horror with your conception of this "WOPR", Western Oregon Plan Revision. You, who are "public servants" to the American Public and have the responsibility of stewardship of our lands; I am completely opposed to this WOPR Preferred Alternative, and will do everything in my power to see that it is not adopted.

   It breaks numerous laws in place the protect our environment and the last remaining tracts of LSR and other older stands. Many of these laws specifically delineated by the North West Forest Plan. Your preferred alternative will not hold water in the courts. Why are you wasting tax payer dollars with such a foolish proposition? This at a time when 85% to 95% of our last patches of old growth timber have already been removed. This at a time when it has been proven that these ancient forests act as a carbon sequestration system at our period in history when it has been practically proven that we all need to work on stopping Global Warming. This at a time when the majority of the American citizenry want these last stands permanently protected.

   For those of us who live near these areas if not actually abutting up to these BLM lands, it will force us, through no fault of our own to suffer the catastrophic effects of future wild fires and also the general lowering of all of our property values! At a time when the economy in this part of the country is suffering greatly this will also lower the county property tax bases and have a ripple effect on all the local economies. In your document, You state that property values could  plummet by up to 10%. This is a shameful way to act towards the peoples of this region and the country.

   Shameful too is the language you have devised to hide the word "Clear Cut" with seemingly innocuous terms such as, "Regeneration Harvest". Why don't you just come clean and tell the people what this really means. The planting and conversions of the last remaining natural ecosystems with mono culture plantations. Have you become so slavish to the Big Timber corporations that "The People" that you are supposed to serve, "The American People", have become mere chattel in your views? This is again a most shameful development in the USA. How can you sleep at night?

   I will not even go over point by point your supposed professionally written document, though I have read vast tracts of it. It is so poorly conceived and blatantly destructive, compared to all previous "plans" that you have presented in the past that it is not worth the specific comments. The "No Action" alternative which you seem to not want to even consider is "Thee Most Preferred Alternative" that I can even consider at this moment in time. These are the views of the majority of Americans also, I believe. It is rumored, but more then likely true, that this whole thing was back room engineered by none other then Bush and his boys. The entire lawsuit threat by the big timber interests and the settling out of court decisions that have led to this WOPR are so transparent as to defy rational explanations.

The area that I reside in, and I am sure, many other areas across Oregon, depend on the bounty of Tourism. We happen to live in an area where travelers either are coming to Oregon from California or are commuting to California from Oregon. Many of these people come here specifically or stop on their way through and spend money on services and the arts. The forests and the large intact ecosystems are the big attraction here. If we should ever lose these qualities through mismanagement of these resources then we would face disastrous economic times. The days of Big Timber and mining extraction industries are of a bygone era. As I have mentioned there is only 5 to 15% left. I am opposed to this WOPR for this reason too. It does not take into account the economic hit that would be perpetuated upon us except in passing. I myself live here for not only the recreation values but for the living that I can work at, that requires these ecosystems to remain intact.

   This area of mine also has been identified as one of the most botanically rich and diverse areas in the world. It is truly a candidate for a world heritage designation. This "WOPR" flies in the face of all scientific studies that has and is being done in actively researching our lands. In fact universities and research institutions have taken up residence here with their money contributing to the local economies with all the students and professors coming here for extended stays. To even consider the implementation of your preferred alternative should be a crime. I am not against logging per se, but a truly sustainable logging practice on previously logged lands should be implemented. Not create new ones from the last vestiges of late succession reserves! There should be plenty of timber available if these lands had been managed correctly in the first place. 

   It appears you have also tried to create divisions among the Oregon residents by trying to insert language and rumor. You have created an atmosphere of hostility and distrust which I hope and I think is melting away. It appears that opposition to the cutting of our large canopied trees and other ecosystems is valued by most folks who want to recreate in our woods. It may come down to why the seeming intentional lying by the governmental agencies that are supposed to be managing these areas for the good of all. Timber for harvest is not the sole use that the majority wants!

   The wildlife is another truly remarkable feature of these areas. This includes some of the last remaining runs of wild salmon. This, due to the tremendous water quality and the health of our riparian areas. All will all be destroyed by this WOPR proposal. There is Bear and Puma, and Elk. Many of these species need the ancient forests and large territories for their existence. The WOPR proposal would wipe these wildlife from these lands. This would ruin the quality of life for all. Hunters, wildlife observers, birders, fishermen and again ruin another facet of the tourist trade and the quality of life for the locals. Even the ORV enthusiasts would lose the rides that take them into high forest canopy.

   This is truly one of the most remarkable areas in these United States. To manage this area for the sole purpose of timber extraction is a crime against humanity. This, in an era of great destruction and the loss of vast natural ecosystems. Your WOPR  proposal is indeed the most destructive management plan I have ever seen in my life. It defies logic! I can only assume that "orders" were given from above, in Washington, to reward "special interests" at the expense of anything or anyone but their chosen business friends. The only word that I can say that would explain these individuals are "Corporate Bandits"!

   It is time we take back our country on many different levels, but we must preserve the legacy we have as citizens. Our last remaining wilderness areas and some of the worlds last Late Succession Reserves should be one of the number one priorities. I am firmly opposed to your "Preferred Alternative", of this, "THE WOPR". I hope you seriously consider my points and the points of many other concerned citizens before you make a tragic mistake. I hope that I, and the rest of the American People will not have to see you in court!

Sincerely, Lane Cosner

 

P.O. Box 2005

Cave Junction, Oregon

97523

 
copies sent to: KS wild, Rep. DeFazio, Hooley, Blumenauer, Wu
Senator Wyden, Josephine County Comissioners
EM-6587 aserapiglia@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 14:01:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
alicia serapiglia
4423 hank ave.
austin, TX 78745

EM-6588 geaglescott@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 14:02:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

As someone who has spent their entire life living in, working
in, traveling and vacationing through these amazing western
states, I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put
our nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed
Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). What do you think I love
so much about these places? What do you think keeps me and my
family here, living, working, playing...? This misguided and
unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest
Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests,
diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

You know damn well that clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of
old-growth forest every decade is simply an unsustainable rate
of logging that would destroy these ancient forests. I am also
concerned that the proposal fails to appreciate how important
these intact forests are in helping to slow global warming.

This is so wrong in so many ways! Please do not allow the
destruction of our old-growth forest heritage to be our legacy,
and rewrite the plan to protect our ancient forests, clean
water, and the wildlife that call these areas home.



Sincerely,
scott allan
707 N. 21st St.
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

EM-6589 Lane <totem@frontiernet.net> 1/10/2008 14:02:56 Bureau of Land Management, ( BLM )

Western Oregon Plan Revisions, ( WOPR )

P.O. Box 2965

Portland, Oregon

97208

 

Dear Public servants

   I am absolutely filled horror with your conception of this "WOPR", Western Oregon Plan Revision. You, who are "public servants" to the American Public and have the responsibility of stewardship of our lands; I am completely opposed to this WOPR Preferred Alternative, and will do everything in my power to see that it is not adopted.

   It breaks numerous laws in place the protect our environment and the last remaining tracts of LSR and other older stands. Many of these laws specifically delineated by the North West Forest Plan. Your preferred alternative will not hold water in the courts. Why are you wasting tax payer dollars with such a foolish proposition? This at a time when 85% to 95% of our last patches of old growth timber have already been removed. This at a time when it has been proven that these ancient forests act as a carbon sequestration system at our period in history when it has been practically proven that we all need to work on stopping Global Warming. This at a time when the majority of the American citizenry want these last stands permanently protected.

   For those of us who live near these areas if not actually abutting up to these BLM lands, it will force us, through no fault of our own to suffer the catastrophic effects of future wild fires and also the general lowering of all of our property values! At a time when the economy in this part of the country is suffering greatly this will also lower the county property tax bases and have a ripple effect on all the local economies. In your document, You state that property values could  plummet by up to 10%. This is a shameful way to act towards the peoples of this region and the country.

   Shameful too is the language you have devised to hide the word "Clear Cut" with seemingly innocuous terms such as, "Regeneration Harvest". Why don't you just come clean and tell the people what this really means. The planting and conversions of the last remaining natural ecosystems with mono culture plantations. Have you become so slavish to the Big Timber corporations that "The People" that you are supposed to serve, "The American People", have become mere chattel in your views? This is again a most shameful development in the USA. How can you sleep at night?

   I will not even go over point by point your supposed professionally written document, though I have read vast tracts of it. It is so poorly conceived and blatantly destructive, compared to all previous "plans" that you have presented in the past that it is not worth the specific comments. The "No Action" alternative which you seem to not want to even consider is "Thee Most Preferred Alternative" that I can even consider at this moment in time. These are the views of the majority of Americans also, I believe. It is rumored, but more then likely true, that this whole thing was back room engineered by none other then Bush and his boys. The entire lawsuit threat by the big timber interests and the settling out of court decisions that have led to this WOPR are so transparent as to defy rational explanations.

The area that I reside in, and I am sure, many other areas across Oregon, depend on the bounty of Tourism. We happen to live in an area where travelers either are coming to Oregon from California or are commuting to California from Oregon. Many of these people come here specifically or stop on their way through and spend money on services and the arts. The forests and the large intact ecosystems are the big attraction here. If we should ever lose these qualities through mismanagement of these resources then we would face disastrous economic times. The days of Big Timber and mining extraction industries are of a bygone era. As I have mentioned there is only 5 to 15% left. I am opposed to this WOPR for this reason too. It does not take into account the economic hit that would be perpetuated upon us except in passing. I myself live here for not only the recreation values but for the living that I can work at, that requires these ecosystems to remain intact.

   This area of mine also has been identified as one of the most botanically rich and diverse areas in the world. It is truly a candidate for a world heritage designation. This "WOPR" flies in the face of all scientific studies that has and is being done in actively researching our lands. In fact universities and research institutions have taken up residence here with their money contributing to the local economies with all the students and professors coming here for extended stays. To even consider the implementation of your preferred alternative should be a crime. I am not against logging per se, but a truly sustainable logging practice on previously logged lands should be implemented. Not create new ones from the last vestiges of late succession reserves! There should be plenty of timber available if these lands had been managed correctly in the first place. 

   It appears you have also tried to create divisions among the Oregon residents by trying to insert language and rumor. You have created an atmosphere of hostility and distrust which I hope and I think is melting away. It appears that opposition to the cutting of our large canopied trees and other ecosystems is valued by most folks who want to recreate in our woods. It may come down to why the seeming intentional lying by the governmental agencies that are supposed to be managing these areas for the good of all. Timber for harvest is not the sole use that the majority wants!

   The wildlife is another truly remarkable feature of these areas. This includes some of the last remaining runs of wild salmon. This, due to the tremendous water quality and the health of our riparian areas. All will all be destroyed by this WOPR proposal. There is Bear and Puma, and Elk. Many of these species need the ancient forests and large territories for their existence. The WOPR proposal would wipe these wildlife from these lands. This would ruin the quality of life for all. Hunters, wildlife observers, birders, fishermen and again ruin another facet of the tourist trade and the quality of life for the locals. Even the ORV enthusiasts would lose the rides that take them into high forest canopy.

   This is truly one of the most remarkable areas in these United States. To manage this area for the sole purpose of timber extraction is a crime against humanity. This, in an era of great destruction and the loss of vast natural ecosystems. Your WOPR  proposal is indeed the most destructive management plan I have ever seen in my life. It defies logic! I can only assume that "orders" were given from above, in Washington, to reward "special interests" at the expense of anything or anyone but their chosen business friends. The only word that I can say that would explain these individuals are "Corporate Bandits"!

   It is time we take back our country on many different levels, but we must preserve the legacy we have as citizens. Our last remaining wilderness areas and some of the worlds last Late Succession Reserves should be one of the number one priorities. I am firmly opposed to your "Preferred Alternative", of this, "THE WOPR". I hope you seriously consider my points and the points of many other concerned citizens before you make a tragic mistake. I hope that I, and the rest of the American People will not have to see you in court!

Sincerely, Lane Cosner

 

P.O. Box 2005

Cave Junction, Oregon

97523

 

copies sent to:

 

Josephine County Comissioners

Rep. Defazio

Hooley

Blumenauer

Wu

Senator Wyden
KS Wild
EM-6590 Courtney Lee Meier <Courtney.Meier@Colorado.EDU> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 14:03:17 I am strongly opposed to the notion that public lands are typically
managed for the maximum benefit of only a few major corporations.
True, this country needs renewable resources such as wood, but there
is simply no excuse to harvest old-growth forests in roadless areas
to satisfy that need. The public deserves a more balanced assessment
of what types of logging policies fall within the scope of the
"public good."

Please reject the Western Oregon Plan Revision as it stands. The
region's ecosystems, and the people and salmon that depend on them,
deserve a more sustainable vision for the future. I am very
concerned that increasing the logging of old growth forests will do
nothing to bolster the region's economy in the long-term, which is
the time scale that really matters.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Courtney L. Meier, PhD Biology
Dept. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado Boulder, UCB 334
Boulder, CO 80309-0334
EM-6591 NorthernSunsetSailor@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 14:13:36 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
John Poggi
1509 4th St
Bellingham, WA 98225

EM-6592 Gary Bricher <bricherg@lanecc.edu> WOPR Comment 1/10/2008 14:15:51 Attached is a document containing my comments regarding the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) proposed by the BLM. Thank you.

Gary Bricher, bricherg@lanecc.edu
3275 Kincaid St.
Eugene, OR 97405 - WorpComment.doc
EM-6593 debbiewalsh@cruzio.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 14:18:43 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Deborah Walsh
927 windsor.St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95602

EM-6594 Jenny Buckley <houndelarium@yahoo.com> WOPR 1/10/2008 14:20:37 I am a lay person, not a land manager or a logger.
I've read a lot about the WOPR and think that this
plan is a disaster for Oregon. There is nothing to
support in this plan. It ignores what
conservationists and loggers have been able to find as
common ground: the common sense in logging
second-growth, therefore cutting fire risks. Logging
old-growth forests, particularly clear-cutting, is a
short-sited, short-term fix that seems to apply logic
from the Middle Ages! Increasing old-growth logging,
destroying ancient, irreplaceable habitats, weakening
protections for streams and fish, increasing fire
risk, and once again, DESTROYING IRREPLACEABLE
WILDERNESS with roads and worse.this plan doesn't
appear to have enough merit to even be considered. And
yet it is being considered.

You are in the honored position of making a real
impact on the protection or demise of Oregon's
beautiful, unique wild places. Please consider the
impassioned pleas of regular citizens, land managers,
conservationists, loggers, business people.protect
old-growth forests. Focus on management of BLM lands
in areas already logged. Make jobs available in
restoration forestry that benefit all involved.yes,
all! Jobs, timber, reduced fire risk, reduced
destruction of irreplaceable habitat, protection of
streams.

I think the choice is crystal clear on whether the
WOPR is a viable plan or a disaster in the making.
It's a disaster.please don't allow it to happen.

Respectfully,

Jennifer and Mitch Buckley
PO Box 405
Dexter, OR 97431



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EM-6595 kramseur@aol.com Proposed changes to the BLM Forest Management Plan 1/10/2008 14:21:13 To whom it may concern,

I endorse the "No Action Alternative" to the proposed changes to the Forest Management Plan as put forth by BLM management.  I believe the BLM's plan will have a strong negative impact on our local ecology. 

Sincerely,

Katie Ramseur
Troutdale resident

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EM-6596 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:24:23 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Ryan Farncomb
Street: 3741 NW Orilla St.
City,_State,_Zip: Poulsbo, WA 98370
Email_Address: rfarncomb@hotmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6597 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:25:28 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jon Cargille
Street: 1761 NW 59th St
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle
Email_Address: jon.cargille@gmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6598 jennifer@caterpillarscandles.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 14:26:45 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jennifer Sherman
37828 21st court s
federal way, WA 98003

EM-6599 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:27:17 Attn: Western Oregon BLM

Dismal concern is felt over the possible elimination of old-growth
and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands. Due to living
just north of there I know the horrid atrocities and personal impact
of deforestation.

These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: A.E. White
Street: 2330 - 43rd ave east
City,_State,_Zip: seattle, wa 98112
Email_Address: aw95@comcast.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6600 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:27:41 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,

Name: LaVerne I Ramsey
Street: 5220 176 St SW # 19
City,_State,_Zip: Lynnwood WA 98037-3039
Email_Address: thriftygram@verizon.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6601 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:29:23 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jodi Broughton
Street: 1810 I Street
City,_State,_Zip: Bellingham, WA 98225
Email_Address: earthchick9@yahoo.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6602 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:29:48 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am concerned about the possible elimination of old-growth and
streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands. These forests
provide habitat for wildlife species, drinking water to rural
communities, recreation for outdoor enthusiasts, and a legacy for
future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Nancy Cleminshaw
Street: 2101 Montvale Ct W
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle, WA 98199
Email_Address: ncleminshaw@comcast.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6603 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:30:14 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jerry Liebermann
Street: 1214 16th Ave E
City,_State,_Zip: Seattle
Email_Address: jerry.liebermann@alum.mit.edu
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6604 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 14:30:42 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Vivian Gross
Street: 12417 95th PL Ne
City,_State,_Zip: Kirkland, WA 98034
Email_Address: vlgross@aol.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6605 Harvey, Maureen F. <Maureen.Harvey@jhuapl.edu> MOS comments on Oregon BLM plan 1/10/2008 14:40:02 302 Chelsea Court

Sykesville, Maryland  21784-7717

maureen.harvey@jhuapl.edu

 

January 10, 2008

 

Bureau of Land Management

Attn:  Western OregonPlanning Revision

PO Box2965

Portland, OR97208

orwopr@or.blm.gov

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments on the draft Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), addressing the management of 2.6 million acres of Revested Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands (O&C lands) administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Members of MOS have visited the O&C lands, as they contain important habitat for birds and other forms of wildlife.  We believe the draft plan would harm the national interest by destroying important old growth forest that is now in protected reserves. 

 

MOS is a statewide nonprofit organization established in 1945 and devoted to the study and conservation of birds. Currently we have 15 chapters and approximately 2,000 members. Some are scientists and naturalists, but our membership includes people of all ages and all walks of life, from physicists to firefighters, legislators to landscapers. Birding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor recreational activities. MOS members travel to federally-owned lands on birding and nature-watching vacations throughout the United States. We spend money on food, lodging, guide services, books and souvenirs to support the local economy wherever we go.

 

Wildlife Habitat

The O&C lands serve as essential wildlife habitat in association with roadless areas in national forests.  Although most of the O&C lands form a checkerboard ownership pattern, there are a number of large blocks.  Old growth forests here are of the highest importance, harboring not only the threatened Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl, but a diverse population of flora and fauna. 

 

The WOPR draft unwisely focuses on endangered and threatened species that have protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  We believe it is essential to maintain viable populations of all native species.  The biodiversity of the natural forest is an important natural resource.

 

We share the view of Oregonwildlife organizations that all the action alternatives in WOPR would jeopardize the survival and recovery of the Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl by promoting logging in old growth forests that serve as essential habitat for these species.  The logging envisioned in WOPR would also reduce the habitat for many other species that are not now listed under ESA.  Some of those may have to be listed in the future as a result of WOPR.

 

Old Growth Reserves

The Late Successional Reserves and Riparian Reserves designated under the Northwest Forest Plan now protect essential habitat for all species that depend on old growth forest.  The NFP, a joint project of BLM and the Forest Service, balances the protection of these reserves against logging in other areas of the O&C lands and national forests.

 

All three action alternatives in the WOPR draft call for reducing or eliminating both types of reserves.  BLM's preferred alternative, Alternative 2, cuts Riparian Reserves by 57 percent, Late Successional Reserves by 47 percent. 

 

The Maryland Ornithological Society opposes any reduction or elimination of Riparian and Late Successional Reserves.  The reserves should be retained to protect all native species found in the old growth forest, including those listed under ESA.

 

Logging could be increased if BLM would follow the Forest Service's lead in concentrating on effective timber production in second-growth forests instead of liquidating the old growth.  Forest Service timber sales thinning second-growth stands have been non-controversial.

 

Wilderness

The O&C lands were mistakenly excluded from the BLM wilderness inventory in 1978-80.  The time has come to protect suitable areas as wilderness.  Alternative 2 proposes only five units including 13,637 acres, out of 146 areas proposed by Oregoncitizens' groups.  MOS members visited the proposed Wild Rogue Addition last year and found it well qualified for wilderness designation.  We urge BLM to add protection for the Wild Rogue Addition and other candidate areas recommended by Oregonwildlife organizations.

 

Off-road Vehicles

MOS opposes the blanket designation of 13 "off-highway vehicle emphasis areas" totaling 100,000 acres, as proposed in Alternative 2.  Our members drive ORVs for access to remote areas of wildlife habitat, and we depend on BLM and the Forest Service to close routes where our vehicles would harm the habitat.  Local opposition in Oregonhas pointed to serious impacts ORVs would impose on the 13 areas.  If ORV travel is appropriate in any of those areas, BLM should designate specific routes, only after analyzing the site-specific environmental impacts on each route and obtaining public review under NEPA. 

 

Global Warming

The draft plan does not recognize the value of the O&C lands against global warming.  It dismisses the issue.  We see the intact forest as crucial to effective carbon sequestration.  The 2.6 million acres of O&C forest should be part of our national strategy against global warming.  This benefit of the intact forest could exceed the value of the timber proposed to be cut.

 

Economic Values

The draft plan does not adequately reflect the economic values of tourism on the O&C lands.  The tourism sector is already an important economic contributor in the O&C counties, and it will become more so in the decades ahead if the lands are not logged off.  We believe that watchable wildlife, heritage tourism, and the economic benefits of tourism-related infrastructure development will prove to be more valuable and more sustainable than the proposals in the draft plan to expand logging and roads.

 

We favor preserving local natural resource-based economies and generations-old traditions.  With careful planning and execution, these industries can remain an integral and essential part of evolving tourism-based economic development, and both sectors can flourish.

 

Thank you for considering these comments.

 

                                                            Sincerely, 

                                                        Original Signed By: 

                                                        Maureen Harvey

                                                       Conservation Chair 

 

(Please see attached file on letterhead) 
- MOSWoprJan2008.doc
EM-6606 Katey Seefeld <spectralserpent@yahoo.com> wopr 1/10/2008 14:41:44 Dear BLM,
As human beings who live and breathe on this precious planet it is of utmost importance that we do everything in our power to perserve the balance of  the life that sustains us. 
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed  with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy. 
 Logging oldgrowth trees obviosly contributes greatly to global warming, causes dangerous landslides, and destroys the delicate balance that the forest has spent hundreds of years creating.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.
If you go ahead with this plan you are stealing the right to life from your grandchildren.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please, Please, Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,
Katey Seefeld
310 Clark st.
Eugene, Oregon
97401



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EM-6607 John Fisher-Smith <hilary@opendoor.com> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 14:43:38 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions
Dear officials of BLM,
First I wish to endorse the thoughtful letter of Julie Norman who helped inform the Northwest Forest Plan - her letter speaks for me!

I am furious and bitter about the direction our own Government is proposing through the mismanagement of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating, If permitted to go ahead, would unravel the protections of the carefully thought out compromises of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and would undoubtedly lead to more water pollution, degraded habitat, clearcuts, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is totally unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that if permitted to go forward would deplete our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal totally ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate - they are literally our lungs.


Like most Americans I want federal land managers to safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests by undertaking thinning of second growth forests. By focusing on previously logged public forest-lands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - Federal Land Managers can provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR (and it is a Whopper!) proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. I fervently believe we should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM proposes to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into more highly flammable tree farms.


I urge you to listen to the public outcry and to climate scientists and  protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,
John Fisher-Smith
945 Oak Street
Ashland
EM-6608 miah <galacticsource@yahoo.com> WOPR 1/10/2008 14:45:59 Dear BLM,
I am a born and raised Oregonian and the sun of a BLM employee.  I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

All of your current proposals are unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,
Jeremiah S Chavez
jeremiah@solarenergydesign.com
541-554-3795



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EM-6609 Alison Gartlan <aparnell@yahoo.com> WOPR Comment - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 14:47:25 Hello,

I am writing to voice my opposition to WOPR, since the plan would negatively affect forests throughout Western Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with this plan to
increase logging in Oregon's
old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth
forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. In the Eugene District, protection of old growth and riparian areas would
drop more than 14 percent, with most of the new cutting taking place in the
Siuslaw River and McKenzie River watersheds. Siltation of our pristine rivers
and streams inevitably would follow. As we have just seen with the latest storms, major landslides and erosion are a consequence of clearcutting these forests. There is simply no need to increase clearcutting at all - sustainable forestry is another issue that is not even addressed in this plan. As climate change becomes more of a concern for everyone on this planet, we hold a key to stability in our forests, which can hold an enormous amount of CO2. Perhaps we should value our forests for more than just the wood that it provides.


Regards,
Alison Gartlan
2145 Friendly St
Eugene OR 97405








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EM-6610 Steve Buttolph <buttolphs@charter.net> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 14:57:31 Steve Buttolph
2424 Somerset Pl.
Medford, OR 97504-4969


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Steve Buttolph

EM-6611 foghead@mac.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:02:47 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Michael Smith
51 Allston
San Francisco, CA 94127

EM-6612 dwames1@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:04:48 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.
I am familiar with these magnificent forests and I have fished
in many of their streams. To cleaarcut them is outrageous! These
are public lands and should be protected and scientifically
maintained by you for us the people!It is very strange that you
appear to be unaware this.


Sincerely,
David Ames
825 Second Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476

EM-6613 cat31096@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:04:48 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Robert Cataldo
31096 Via Sonora
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2833

EM-6614 Sharon Fausel <sharonfausel@comcast.net> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 15:06:51 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Sharon Fausel
4218 S.W. Selling Ct.
Portland, OR 97221
EM-6615 mary ann jones <blj_maj@yahoo.com> the WOPR 1/10/2008 15:07:56 Dear BLM Officials:
I strongly and fervently protest the WOPR proposal for managing more than
2.5 million acres of US forests. The audacity of this plan is shocking, in
authorizing:
*an increase of 700 percent in the logging of old-growth trees

*constructing 1,000 miles of new logging roads every decade

*establishing more than 100,000 miles of new off-highway vehicle emphasis
areas

* eliminating the Northwest Forest Plan's protections for rivers and
streams

* a huge increase in risk and severity of forest fires, due to replacement
of healthy ancient forest areas into dense tree plantations, filled with
logging slash

This proposal completely ignores the exacerbation of global warming which
increased clearcutting and road building in native forests would cause.

I am asking Congress to refuse to fund old-growth logging, and to prevent
the BLM from selling our natural heritage to the highest bidder. It is
unconscionable to propose destroying ancient forests for the short-term profit
of timber interests.

Sincerely yours, Mary Ann Jones
2295 Tolman Creek Rd.
Ashland, Oregon, 97520





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EM-6616 Murray Renick <mur.ray@earthlink.net> Please protect Crabtree Valley. I don't even care about the other logging! 1/10/2008 15:09:46 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. You should see Crabtree Valley. I have never seen another place like this on the planet.


The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Murray Renick
5115 SE Salomn St
pdx, OR 97215
EM-6617 healing1@cascadeaccess.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:14:52 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Bobbie Eimers
P.O. Box 2233
Estacada, OR 97023

EM-6618 imurmegs@animail.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:16:52 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Megan Cutler
3955 17th Street, #21
San Francisco, CA 94114

EM-6619 Emma Barene <bristolcheezcake@yahoo.com> Stop WOPR !!!- Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 15:18:32  
 
More forests? More protected habitat that makes our state beautiful. One would say that every state stands out, but Oregon is famous for its natural beauty. Is it not enough that our forests will eventually go through drought, flooding,disease, and forest fires? No one can guarantee how long our forests are going to last, due to global warming, or any of the above. Why chop down something that has taken hundreds of years to grow, something that struggled through all of these factors. What will we gain from this? A few more sheets of paper? Or will it just line our presidents pocket? Our forests have had to under go more then any of us can imagine. Chopping down BLM forests is taking all of something that can't be replaced and never giving back.
 
Would you want your children grow up in an environment with cement, sky scrapers and smog? Stripping the BLM forests will strip us, the land will be barren, empty, and lifeless. I stand by protecting BLM forests. I will be there if they start to chop them down.
 
Sincerely
 
Emma Jones



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EM-6620 Janine Offutt <janineoffutt@hotmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 15:25:13 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Janine Offutt
924 4th St
Oregon City, OR 97045
EM-6621 JonnyK <jonnyk26@frontiernet.net> WOPR Comments 1/10/2008 15:26:08 Gentlepeople:

Attached please find comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions from
the Board of Directors of the Takilma Community Association, Inc. We
are also sending you a hard copy via USPS.

Jonathan D. Klein, Member, Board of Directors

- Tca wopr deis comments_0.doc
EM-6622 Scott and Kathleen <hera@mtashland.net> WOPR 1/10/2008 15:30:51 To:  BLM

Re:  WOPR

 

As an Oregonresident, it is extremely important to me that we stop the WOPR.

 

Oregonis a beautiful state.  Our forests are such an asset.they provide timber, a habitat for fish and birds, drinking water for communities and a lovely place for people to go to experience nature.  The WOPR plan threatens this all of this.

 

I urge you to do everything in your power to stop the WOPR.  Leave the old growth forests alone.  We can continue to harvest timber in the forests that have already been logged.

 

We must look at the long term implications of our actions.  Once a forest is logged, it will never be the same.

 

 

Kathleen Maloney

535 Sutton Place

Ashland, OR97520
EM-6623 dbishoff@comcast.net The WOPR is the wrong approach 1/10/2008 15:31:54 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

The plan is fundamentally flawed in many ways. It would allow
too much clear-cutting of too much old growth timber, and it
would decrease steam protection. To increase the cut on BLM
lands, provide more trees to local mills and more income to
local county governments, follow the Siuslaw National Forest
concept of more intensive thinning.

Thank you for listening,


Sincerely,
Don Bishoff
1632 Bradley Dr.
Eugene, OR 97401

EM-6624 pastremel@roadrunner.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:31:54 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Patrick Stremel
6169 Paseo Tienda
Carlsbad, CA 92009

EM-6625 DAN MCCOMISH <mccomish@verizon.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 15:32:44 Enough is an enough! Stop the clear cutting of our precious forest!

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clear cutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

 

Sincerely,

Gina Carmichael McComish

13240 SW Juanita Place

Beaverton OR97008
EM-6626 Jina Ridley <jridley@timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 15:36:51 Jina Ridley
305 S. 4th Street
Springfield, OR 97477


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

I strongly urge you to support alternative 2.

Thank you.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Jina Ridley
541-744-4219

EM-6627 mdbsun@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:37:55 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I oppose the BLM's attempt to put our nation's beloved forests
at-risk through the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions
(WOPR). This unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of
the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent
forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the
region.

People bear the responsibility for careful stewardship of these
precious natural resources. Tweaking laws to provide
corporations a clear path to destroying them in their pursuit of
profits is unconscionable & irresponsible.

Every attempt to undermine science-based protections for our
forests & the creatures who live there must be rejected.



Sincerely,
M. D. Blanchard
1419 Forestview Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

EM-6628 bdgleason@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR! 1/10/2008 15:37:55 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Barbara %pa_first_name% Dan Gleason
PO Box 50535
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6629 Reid Richter <jojosavoy@yahoo.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 15:38:24 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

 

Reid Richter

735 SW St. Clair Ave.  #501

Portland, Oregon

97205

 

503-241-7028


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EM-6630 Patrick Carson <lynx2pat@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 15:39:49 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Patrick Carson
924 4th St
Oregon City, OR 97045
EM-6631 Mary C Robinson <grey.mare@charter.net> new management plan 1/10/2008 15:45:59 I have read a number of articulate and eloquent letters protesting the BLM
'management' plan. I do not intend to repeat what those letter's have said
as the writers have expressed themselves very effectively. But, to sum up
my position -the wilderness, it's trees, and its wildness must be protected.
It is a valuable resource in that it is a refuge for wildlife, it protects
the integrity of streams and it provides a source of recreation e.g. hiking,
photography and horse back riding for Oregon's citizens.
Please, no more destruction of our precious old growth forests to satisfy
the timber industries voracious appetite and no more all terrain vehicles
tearing up the land and polluting streams and destroying vegetation.

Sincerely, Mary C. Robinson

EM-6632 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: BLM Programs Inquiry Comment or Question from the Public 1/10/2008 15:47:03 ----- Forwarded by Teddi Duling/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 11:55 AM -----

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01/10/2008 11:27 AM

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Submitter: Annette Gebb

email: gjohn311@comcast.net

Comment: This email is being sent to share my opposition to the WOPR.  The lungs of the planet--our forests--must be protected from greed and the deceptions of short-term gain.  We are all on the same lifeboat and unless we want to live in a \"Mad Max\" world, do what is right, even if it hurts in the short run.  
EM-6633 Carol Alexander <calex@peak.org> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 15:50:41 Dear BLM,
I live in Corvallis, where a day seldom goes by that I do not look to the west to see Mary's Peak on the horizon. It symbolizes a lot that many of us have loved about Oregon: stunning natural beauty, wildlife, quiet places where the natural world still exists relatively untouched by human development. These places are in rapid decline, as we all know. I think even the authors of the WOPR would agree.

When I learned that the WOPR proposes cutting three stands of old growth on Mary's Peak I could scarcely believe it. I can scarcely believe the BLM would suggest cutting old growth anywhere when so little remains, but certainly not on Mary's Peak.

I sent more detailed comments to the BLM some months ago. I am writing again today having learned of the specific recommendations for Mary's Peak. I again respectively request that the BLM abandon the backwards-looking WOPR with its recommendations for clear-cutting old growth forests and increasing off-road vehicle usage. Please leave the few precious old growth stands intact and instead focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests and the wildlife they shelter, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits to the people of Oregon.

I thank you for receiving my comments and request that you make them a part of the public record.


Carol Alexander
3940 NW Elizabeth Pl
Corvallis, OR 97330
EM-6634 markck@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:53:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Mark Kupke
145 Olive St.
Petaluma, CA 94952

EM-6635 Chant Thomas <chant@deepwild.org> WOPR comments 1/10/2008 15:56:17 Attached submitted on behalf of Birch Creek Arts & Ecology Center
P.O. Box 1330
Jacksonville, OR 97530
- Birch Creek WOPR.doc
EM-6636 mackinc@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 15:59:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Coleen Mackin
161 San Bruno Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

EM-6637 Kraig Rice <ricek@nclack.k12.or.us> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 16:05:43 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

My most serious concern is the impact that old growth logging will have on a fragile ecosystem that is fast disappearing from our wild lands. Old-growth areas, while studied and analyzed for decades now, still hold information concerning the interconnectedness of life, and the nonliving realm, that we have yet to decipher. Are we to cut the very last of these areas before turning to other options, or preserve what is left and develop the options now that we will ultimately need anyway.

Some of my other concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.


Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Kraig Rice
10231 SE 100th DR
Happy Valley, OR 97086
EM-6638 Chris Norden <cnorden@lcsc.edu> No clearcuts on BLM Forests! 1/10/2008 16:06:32 Dear BLM,

The following comments are in response to your Western Oregon Plan Revisions. My family and I are opposed to the changes BLM is proposing, in that they will result in increased water pollution, degraded habitat, and increases in user conflict.

Rather than weaken existing protections, we believe they should be strengthened, or at very least kept as they are.

Thank you for upholding the public trust,

Chris Norden
428 E. 7th St.
Moscow, ID 83843
EM-6639 Chris Norden <cnorden@lcsc.edu> No clearcuts on BLM Forests! 1/10/2008 16:06:32 Dear BLM,

The following comments are in response to your Western Oregon Plan Revisions. My family and I are opposed to the changes BLM is proposing, in that they will result in increased water pollution, degraded habitat, and increases in user conflict.

Rather than weaken existing protections, we believe they should be strengthened, or at very least kept as they are.

Thank you for upholding the public trust,

Chris Norden
428 E. 7th St.
Moscow, ID 83843
EM-6640 haley1739@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:07:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
haley rupar
114 1/2 E. Howard St.
Hibbing, MN 55746

EM-6641 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 16:09:50 ----- Forwarded by Alan Hoffmeister/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 04:09 PM -----

Bill Callahan <tamalpais@comcast.net>

01/10/2008 10:41 AM

To
<Alan_Hoffmeister@blm.gov>, <or912web@blm.gov>
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Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

As a forest products manufacture of furniture serving the needs of people
and planet worldwide, I am very concerned about the direction the Bush
Administration appears to be taking with federal forests under the Western
Oregon Plan Revisions.  Many believe, myself included, that changes BLM is
contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest
Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased
conflict and controversy.

It is my personal belief that we as a nation, the current caretakers of our
natural resources need to go out of our way to protect all remaining ancient
forests. We need to take a stand and unbind our selves from any special
interests or monetary gain,  as a people we need to protect ancient forest
stands and ecosystem, because once removed there gone! This would be a great
tragedy ... Let us set an example, let us show leadership, let us show
courage for others around the world, not for profit, not for personal gain,
but for the benefit of all  people worldwide, especially our children. After
all, how can we even suggest to other countries around the world, especially
those countries that contain critical, ecologically important tropical
forests not cut ancient forests when we do?

So, please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of
BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and create job opportunities in
restoration thinning projects that benefit watersheds and generate wood
products without multiplying past mistakes.  More specifically, protect our
last remaining old-growth forests, permanently.

Thank you
--
Bill Callahan
Tamalpais NatureWorks
Furniture Mother Nature would be proud to own

PO Box 10107
San Rafael, CA 94912
415-454-9948
info@tamalpais.com
http://www.tamalpais.com

CC:
Senators Gordon Smith, and Ron Wyden


EM-6642 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: BLM Programs Inquiry Comment or Question from the Public 1/10/2008 16:10:24 ----- Forwarded by Teddi Duling/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 10:49 AM -----

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01/10/2008 07:03 AM

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Submitter: mike purvine

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Comment: I support alternative plan 2.  The gov\'t might as well get some use out of a renewable resourse.  The \"no use\" way the forests have been managed is ridiculous.
EM-6643 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: A concerned Oregonian's take on WOPR 1/10/2008 16:11:38 ----- Forwarded by Alan Hoffmeister/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 04:11 PM -----

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01/10/2008 11:48 AM

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Hello, Alan:

Following are my comments on the WOPR.  Also attached
is this same text in MS Word in case you need this
more convenient form for the record or archiving.

Severe Reservations about BLM's Western OR Plan
Revision (WOPR)

The BLM's preferred Alternative #2 of the WOPR is (as
are the other two alternatives) an absolute travesty
of sound, science based, management of forests,
watersheds, wildlife habitat, and recreational
facilities found within its area of proposed
influence.   It essentially nullifies all the
safeguards afforded by the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP), a pragmatic balance between ecological
stewardship and logging, by eliminating NWFP
protections of old-growth forests and old-forest
associated species and abandoning the NWFP Aquatic
Conservation Strategy.  WPOR #2 puts an overriding
emphasis on logging (doubling the harvesting of old
growth timber), to the detriment to just about every
ecological value and land use found within a forested
landscape.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) WOPR
is based upon is flawed in many ways.    Despite an
overall proposed three fold increase in logging (for
WOPR #2, with buffer zones decreased in many cases to
less than the scientifically mandated minimum) the
DEIS claims minimal or no effect on fish, wildlife,
stream peak flows, and sediment loads.   Which, to my
mind, is a disingenuous fabrication.   The DEIS fails
to adequately assess the impacts of global climate
change and does not address the effects of logging old
forests on carbon cycles.  In addition, the DEIS
underestimates the potential impacts of the exotic
plant disease, Sudden Oak Death, and fails to disclose
the effects of a large increase of logging on the
spread of this emerging disease.

If all of the foregoing failings aren't reason enough
to abandon this logging above all else, old-growth
death sentence called WOPR, there are more.  All the
proposed WOPR alternatives increase fire hazard and
severity throughout the plan area while reducing the
resiliency of forests to fire.   And the Northern
Spotted Owl, so dependent on old-growth forest tracts
still extant in western Oregon, is apparently deemed
of minor importance in the WOPR, as its fate is tied
to a scientifically flawed recovery plan.

I see the WOPR as a terribly designed, pseudo forest
management plan, constituting a WOPR of a bad deal,
intended only to maximize short term timber profits to
the exclusion of maintaining the long term health and
viability of forests and watersheds located within the
2.6 million acres WPOR is poised to desecrate.

There are many alternative management strategies which
could produce a sustainable source of wood from BLM
lands while protecting the last remaining stands of
old-growth and the forests, wildlife, salmon, and
clean water so appreciated and valued by Oregonians
like myself.   The WOPR is NOT it!   The NWFP is of
course the overarching current management plan and as
the No Action Alternative is much preferable to any of
the WOPR's three alternatives.  The NWFP should remain
the BLM's guiding management plan for right now!

Sincerely,


Karl Hartzell

750 SW C Ave.   Apt. 15
Corvallis, OR  97333-4333



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EM-6644 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: Another comment from the Web Forum 1/10/2008 16:13:09 ---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: colm brennan <colm.brennan@verizon.net>
Date: Jan 9, 2008 2:38 PM
Subject: OLD GROWTH FOREST
To: info@daylightdecisions.com


WE NEED TO STOP CUTTING OLD GROWTH TREES NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THEY NEED TO BE PRESERVED FOR POSTERITY.
We have little left so LET THEM BE.
 

Colm Brennan

1842 nw 156th ave

Beaverton, Oregon

 

 
EM-6645 challenb@rogueriver.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:18:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Challen Bomont
1215 Cooke
Grants Pass, OR 97526

EM-6646 Tanya Spence <tex321@verizon.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 16:19:19 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward
with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in
Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently
protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers
and creeks.

Sincerely,

Tanya Spence
15700 SW 88th Ave., Tigard, Oregon
EM-6647 seldom <seldom@99west.com> Comments on DEIS, WOPR 1/10/2008 16:26:54 COMMENTS ON THE BLM DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, WOPR

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

It seems that input from the public about your intended plans is frequently ignored since the comments are often not based upon an acceptable scientific study for example the petition signed by over 1,600 affected local residents who universally oppose the BLM proposal to create an even larger and more intrusive OHV area for the Johns Peak/Timber Mountain area.. Yet scientific studies which oppose your plans are also ignored, such as the consequences of clear cutting (which your marketing department labels "regeneration harvests" with no snags or green trees left behind) which cause erosion and hence sedimentation in local creeks and rivers, increase fire hazards due to elimination of old growth (structural legacies) and proliferation of young even aged plants of diverse kinds, eliminates residential habitat for animals, fish, and insects which thrive in late successional forest environments, creates aesthetically displeasing surroundings, and  reduces the ability of the harvested acreage to sequester carbon compounds thus leading to increased global warming.   It makes one wonder why he should bother submitting any comments at all.  However, given no other options I will add my comments to the draft EIS WOPR

 

COMMENTS ON THE JOHNS PEAK/TIMBER MOUNTAIN PROPOSED HV AREA

 

The well known lack of enforcement of regulations relating to the use of BLM lands for OHV activities has resulted in great numbers of unauthorized trails being created, private lands adjoining BLM lands being damaged by unauthorized OHV use and the subjection of persons who live in Jackson County areas adjoining BLM lands to noise, pollution, smog, and erosion caused sedimentation in creeks e.g., Birdseye, Foots, and Galls and their tributaries both seasonal and non-seasonal. There are only 3 Enforcement Officers (EO;s) handling a huge area of BLM land centered in Medford.  There is no way they can control the illegal activities of OHV owners in even Jackson County let alone anything beyond the county boundaries.  Funding for BLM EO's is not a high priority and therefore when budgets are reduced at the national or regional level the number of EO's is reduced thus worsening the situation locally.  Adding even more trails and OHV's in a nationally promoted OHV area will exacerbate the already terrible enforcement situation locally.  In addition the many new users will cause negative impacts such as increased use of rural roads like Foots Creek Rd and it's branches, Galls Creek Rd, and all other roads leading into access areas for this proposed OHV area.  There is no provision in the EIS to provide a permanent funding source for an adequate number of EO's to counteract this increased work load on the currently inadequate EO work force.

 

People who live on acreage adjacent to BLM lands in the Foots Creek watershed, which I do, and Galls Creek watershed are going to experience the same kinds of problems now plaguing those who live closer to Johns Peak. 

 

1. There will be inadequate enforcement by EO;s of any regulations to keep the OHV's off private land and control

            the behaviors of their drivers.

 

2. Private fences on the borders of BLM lands, which are expensive to install and will not be either funded or provided by BLM, will be destroyed by OHV drivers who wish to access private lands.  This has already occurred in almost every local area.

 

3.  Soil eroded from OHV created trails, by both wind and water, will be carried into creeks and their tributaries causing destruction of fish reproduction sites thus reducing the numbers of fish reproducing locally. Water pollution from the soil is less probable but quiet possible given the number of local mines.

 

4.  Noise from nearby OHV's will dramatically change the quiet local rural environment from that which the  residents chose for its peaceful nature into a disturbing and repulsive surrounding which people will reject.  The selling of many homes by displaced residents in order to move to another location free of OHV's will cause a surge in the housing market and result in a loss of investments for most of those displaced.

 

5.  The toxic emissions from OHV engines are many times greater, in terms of emissions per mile of travel, than those of contemporary automobiles and even diesel trucks.  This will affect the health of the residents who live in the watersheds of Birdseye, Foots, and Galls creeks and also those closer to Johns Peak itself.  There will be no BLM compensation for these additional health costs to local residents even though the costs are the direct result of the actions of BLM and were opposed by local residents.

 

6.  New trails will be created by OHV drivers in unauthorized areas, as has happened and continues to happen, in the greater Johns Peak OHV area.

 

7.  Many native animals and birds will be displaced by the OHV activities thus disrupting the balance of the native ecosystem resulting in unanticipated and negative changes such as the loss of predators ranging from those of mosquitoes to those of raccoons.

 

8.  Why should a populated area, such as the watersheds of Galls Creek and Foots Creek, be selected to be    surrounded by a belt of OHV trails open to use by thousands of OHV riders when there are many thousand of acres of land that are not populated which could be used for the OHV area without disturbing and disrupting an existing population ?

 

9.  The increase in fire hazard will be dramatic.  The vast majority of current BLM lands in the Johns Peak area have not been thinned, even those abutting private property.  I have thinned my 20 acre place but am       seriously concerned that BLM has not thinned its neighboring acreage to reduce the fire risk on my place. Having OHV's, with their internal combustion engines, traveling around in the forests nearby is a continuing threat to the safety of my home and family.  Should one start a fire I'm sure that neither BLM nor the OHV driver will be legally responsible for rebuilding either my house or my carefully maintained forest.  A financial disaster for me is but one spark away from reality.

 

IGNORING THE EXTERNALITIES

 

The DEIS states that one of the primary reason for revising the RMP is to restore funding to Oregon's O&C counties.  In order to do so BLM is proposing to dramatically increase timber harvests and therefore increase income to be shared with those counties.  What is not being considered is the cost of such actions.  The reason is that many of those costs are not considered in any financial evaluation of the proposed actions.  For example, what is the cost of clear cutting an existing ancient forest ? The answer to that question involves answering many related questions: What is the cost to the forest ecosystem of such actions.? 

What is the cost to the global environment of such actions ?

What is the cost in terms of increased global warming ?

What is the financial impact of global warming on human activities ?

What is the cost to those citizens whose lives (health, income, home site, etc. ) are impacted by such actions ?

 

These questions, and the many others related to them, are ignored primarily because there is little agreement on how to determine these and other related costs although there is much agreement that these costs are real.  The result is that these costs are effectively set at zero dollars by completely ignoring them.  It is hard to imagine that anyone can really believe that zero dollars is a more accurate estimate than any other amount proposed but that is the consequence of ignoring them.

 

To claim that BLM will harvest more timber to restore O&C funding but will ignore all externalized costs which are related to such actions is the same as saying, "Well it looks good on our balance sheet so we will do it!" which is about as far from reality as one can get without being totally insane. Thus to compare the various alternatives on a financial basis is meaningless.

 

 

Seldom

1998 Foots Creek Rd

Gold Hill, OR 97525
EM-6648 justin riede <justinriede@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 16:28:15 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

justin riede
4336 se 76th ave.
portland, OR 97206
EM-6649 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: WOPR Draft DEIS Information Request Form - Question Only 1/10/2008 16:29:21 ----- Forwarded by Alan Hoffmeister/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 04:28 PM -----

sedateredfield@comcast.net

01/10/2008 03:08 PM

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Requestor: Sedate Redfield

Street: 2028 Potter Street

Location: Eugene                        Oregon, OR 97405

E-mail address: sedateredfield@comcast.net

Comments/Question: I am a Lane County resident and am concerned about the BLM plan to triple the timber harvest, including many old growth stands.  The Northwest Forest Plan was designed to protect species habitat by limiting logging.  The Federal Government must be held responsible for their committment to support those counties where a great percentage of the land is owned by the US Forest Service. The \Option Two\ plan is an inappropriate and short sighted solution to the various countie\s problems.  Will each year bring a whold new map of timber harvesting proposals  Each to support county revenue?  When will it end?  By sacrificing species habitat, the little remaining Old Growth and reducing riparian zones along waterways, the BLM is sacrificing those aspects of Oregon that set it apart and make it such a wonderful place to live.  Old Growth clear cuts and waterway desecration will impact tourism and Oregon\s citizen\s enjoyment of their natural world.
EM-6650 Melba Dlugonski <melbajade@hotmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 16:32:00 Dear BLM,
Old growth forests are the last vestiges of natural ecosystems, meaning all the thousands of pieces that have evolved together to sustain one another. We can't afford to sacrifice the last bits. It seems that global warming is humanity's last challenge. We haven't learned to save the pieces we haven't yet destroyed, study them carefully and then back-engineer our needs to fit the natural way. Old growth forests protect our drinking water and the clean, cool water needed in the streams. They hold the soil, hold the carbon, hold the nutrients in a slow arch of interchange, creating conditions for hundreds of plants and animals, thousands to millions of smaller organisms.
Many people have worked for decades in attempts to protect these treasures. Then in a short period of time, a relatively small number of people take it on themselves to trash all those efforts, permanently destroying something that will never again be known to human kind. The hubris, and the tragedy overwhelm me. Thousands of people come to Oregon to experience the beauty and the rarity of a totally integrated, self-sustaining system. A vast majority of Americans believe that their spokespeople in government are there to protect their heritage. Is it that we cannot trust our political system to manage our common resources in a way that protects the future of the earth, and our wishes for that legacy?
Now is a desperate time when we as a people and as a political entity need to be a model to the rest of the world. Instead the BLM is ready to break all the rules of good stewardship, species protections, clean water protections, soil stability, carbon sequestration, etc.
Obviously, if the best science, facts and figures you already have, and the will of the people can be ignored for the sake of some dollars, there's not much use to my pleas. Still, I come to beg for more rational approaches. Thank you.

Melba Dlugonski
6735 SE 78th
Portland, OR 97206
EM-6651 HGercke@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:34:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Herbert Gercke
6248 Bridgeview Drive
West Linn, OR 97068

EM-6652 docraven2001@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:34:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Carl Stewart
PO Bx 1237
Lower Lake, CA 95457

EM-6653 Romain Cooper <romain@frontiernet.net> wopr deis comments 1/10/2008 16:35:54 From:  Romain Cooper
           10398 Takilma Rd.
           Cave Junction, OR 97523
           541-592-2311
           romain@frontiernet.net
 
To: BLM, WOPR
orwopr@or.blm.gov
      
Re: Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) DEIS
 
All alternatives (except the "No Action") offered in the BLM WOPR DEIS are unacceptable in my opinion.  They will, to varying extents, cause unnecessary biological harm, destabilize local economies and perpetuate the polarization that is often associated with Northwest Forest issues.
 
Serious problems in the Action Alternatives may be caused by a narrow and biased interpretation of the O&C act and associated case law.  Perhaps because of this interpretation, the Action Alternatives are "built from blocks" that are scientifically indefensible and largely unpopular (both nationwide and in the Northwest), i.e. old growth logging and clearcutting.
 

The Action Alternatives increase the amount of large trees (including Old Growth) that will be logged.  This may be in conflict with recovery plans for ESA listed species and in conflict with the ESA.  Why are you pushing in this direction?
The Action Alternatives decrease Steam Buffers.  Again, this will influence recovery plans for ESA listed species (Coho) and may be in conflict with the ESA.
The Action Alternatives will increase clearcutting and other regeneration cutting practices.  It is abundantly clear that plantations are very susceptible to replacement during even moderate wildfire events.  This is not a good management strategy for southwest Oregon.

 
The low to mid elevation forestlands managed by BLM in western Oregon are precious for their contribution to wildlife and fish habitat and to the quality of life of residents and help boost our tourism economy.
 
The 21st century management of BLM should be for water, wildlife and fish, open space --- Not more old tree logging.  I suggest you go back to the drawing board and develop some alternatives that are more in line with what the people of the Pacific Northwest (and of the entire nation) need and expect.
 
A bright spot in the alternatives is the allocation of the Waldo-Takilma ACEC.  The boundaries of this potential ACEC should be expanded to include all lands nominated.
 
All potential ACECs in the DEIS should be either designated or left in the present condition (not counting prudent restoration projects) until designation can be accomplished.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
 
Respectfully,
 
Romain Cooper
 

Siskiyou Biological Services LLC
Romain Cooper
10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
home office 541-592-2311
cell 541-415-1490
EM-6654 Kelly Brown <kellyb@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 16:39:21 Kelly Brown
8280 Agate Road
White City, OR 97503-1007


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation. Alternative 2 needs to
be supported which will increase harvests on BLM lands.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Kelly Brown
541-826-22

EM-6655 Forwarded by alan_hoffmeister@blm.gov Fw: WOPR Draft DEIS Information Request Form - Question Only 1/10/2008 16:40:33 ----- Forwarded by Alan Hoffmeister/ORSO/OR/BLM/DOI on 01/10/2008 04:40 PM -----

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01/03/2008 11:50 AM

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Requestor: Kathy McCartney

Street: PO 50905

Location: Eugene, OR 97405

E-mail address: mccartney@pcinw.com

Comments/Question: Why does this plan need revision? Isn\t it a political move before the elections next year? I think this can wait and I don\t feel that clear cutting any more of the existing 18% of the original public old growth forest is the answer. I oppose this move and think this plan to eliminate the wording for protective zones for toxic runoffs with no clean up provisions included is very careless. There should be buffer zones of at least 150 feet for all lakes, streams, rivers and public water sources. Anything cut on a hillside will eventually leach into the riparian zone with fish and entomologic kills. We don\t need more logging roads built when our whole government is in dire need of a tune-up. This land is for everyone and not to be exploited by anyone. Please do not go ahead with this move for greed and eventual distruction of resources that you are publicly employed to protect. I don\t care how much money the timber industry has given you to move in their di
rection!K. McCartney
EM-6656 Tangren Alexander <tangrena@mind.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 16:41:01 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to
increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by
700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and
clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards
proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future
generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon.
Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in
regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in
need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while
actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws
out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by
increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix.
The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of
Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature
and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural
treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-
growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger,
the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and
turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management
of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds
and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Jean T Alexander
EM-6657 MRehder <misslissr@yahoo.com> Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 16:44:01 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions
Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Melissa Rehder
1361 Quincy St #12K
Ashland, OR  97520

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation



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EM-6658 Gustavo <tavomonte@yahoo.com> Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 16:45:03 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions
Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Gustavo Monteverde
1361 Quincy St #12K
Ashland, OR  97520

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
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Dear Mr. Hoffmeister,
 
I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions.  The changes the Bureau of Land Management is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.
 
The Bush Administration would place half of the public land that the BLM manages - and most of our best old-growth BLM forests - in "Timber Management Areas" to be clearcut every 80 years.  The Bush Administration's preferred alternative proposes to clearcut 110,000 acres of Oregon's old-growth (120+ years) and build 1,000 miles of new logging roads every decade while creating over 100,000 miles of new Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas - all at the expense of roadless areas, threatened species, water quality and non-motorized recreation.  Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.
 
Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, which safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests.  Indeed, many Oregon forest managers are already moving beyond the conflicts of the past.  By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.
 
In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.
 
It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger, the BLM is proposing to clearcut forests older than our nation and turn complex ecosystems into tree plantations most susceptible to severe wildfire.
 
Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and create job opportunities in restoration thinning projects that benefit watersheds and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.  More specifically, protect our last remaining old-growth forests, permanently.  
 
Sincerely,

 
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Long Branch Environmental Education Center            
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People who work together in a place become a community,
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EM-6660 blueheron@cwo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:49:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sharon Mullane
4084 Redwood Ave. #4
Los Angeles, CA 90066

EM-6661 jerry.liebermann@alum.mit.edu Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:49:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jerry Liebermann
1214 16th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

EM-6662 kendawdy1@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:49:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Ken Dawdy
3631 Crow Canyon Rd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

EM-6663 jim4fish@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:53:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I oppose the BLM's attempt to put our nation's beloved forests
at-risk through the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions
(WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable plan would unravel the
protections of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the
magnificent forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich
waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
J C (Jim) MCROBERTS
5430 Lake Washington Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006-2643

EM-6664 borgeselizabeth@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:56:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Elizabeth Borges
P O Box 754
Redmond, WA 98073

EM-6665 melosagranda@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 16:56:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Melosa Granda
826 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

EM-6666 Jonathan <jdd@epud.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 16:57:22 To Whom It May Concern,
 
I am writing to you to express my opposition to the BLM's plans to implement WOPR.  Our public lands belong to all of us and it is important to protect some out natural resources from development and extraction.  In particular, it is important to maintain the few remaing stands of old growth forest and trees that border rivers and streams.
 
Please do not implement WOPR.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Deininger
3335 Onyx Street
Eugene, OR 97405
EM-6667 Kelley Beamer <Kelley@gorgefriends.org> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:01:44 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,

Kelley Beamer

4717 N Gantenbein Ave, Portland OR 97217
EM-6668 Gregg <jurisdoc@teleport.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:05:53 To BLM:

As a resident of Oregon, and a U.S. citizen, I often hike in the Oregon
forests for the opportunity to see wildlife and trees which have not
been disturbed or destroyed by logging. I cannot believe you are
contemplating a significant increase in logging in Oregon when recent
incidents involving logging of Oregon forests has led to severe
landslides, mudslides and destruction of private property. The Oregon
forests are prime habitat for the Spotted Owl and many endangered
species of salmon and other fish which live in sensitive rivers and
creeks within the proposed logging areas..

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward
with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in
Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently
protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers
and creeks.

The forest lands at issue were intentionally set aside and protected
from logging for a reason. To attempt reversal of this protection, and
propose a plan that includes clearcutting of these incredibly sensitive
areas is just plain wrong.


Sincerely,

Gregg Humphrey
6329 N.E. Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97213
EM-6669 Erik J. Vos <ejvos@comcast.net> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 17:06:52 Erik J. Vos
3740 Waterbrook Way
Eugene, OR 97408-5968


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Additionally, I would request that they support Alternative 2 which will
increase the harvest on BLM lands

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Erik J. Vos
541-485-8063

EM-6670 jami_rains@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:07:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
jami rains
9548 linda rio dr
sacramento, CA 95827

EM-6671 chris dawkins <chris_dawkins1@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 17:08:44 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

chris dawkins
3305 ne glisan st
portland, OR 97223
EM-6672 Peter Klauer <peterklauer@gmail.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:09:20 Please stop now! You must have seen what clear cutting is doing during the rain this current winter. The proof is in the courts today, and it never should have come to that in the first place.

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,
Peter Klauer
140 Touchstone Ct.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

EM-6673 Doug Heiken <dh.oregonwild@gmail.com> Oregon Wild comments on the WOPR DEIS 1/10/2008 17:12:46 BLM WOPR Team:

Please find attached Oregon Wild's comments (and supporting materials) on the Western Oregon Plan Revision DEIS.

Note: Earlier this week we also U.S. mailed to BLM's Oregon State Office a CD of supplementary documents that should be included in the administrative record and we sent a follow-up email this earlier afternoon with a few additional documents for the record.

Please let me know if you have any problems with these documents.

A summary of our concerns are pasted below.

Sincerely,


 
doug's signatureDoug Heiken
Conservation and Restoration Coordinator
Oregon Wild formerly Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC)
Protecting Oregon's wildlands, wildlife and waters since 1974.
PO Box 11648 | Eugene OR 97440
541-344-0675




Summary of Key Flaws in the WOPR DEIS.

1.      The WOPR would not meet the stated reasons for the preferred alternative. Alt 2 would set back recovery of threatened species relative to the Northwest Forest Plan (especially spotted owl, murrelet, and salmon). Alt 2 would degrade and retard recovery of water quality relative to the Northwest Forest Plan. Alt 2 would increase fire hazard relative to the Northwest Forest Plan. Alt 2 would provide inadequate recreational facilities and cause crowding in recreational areas. Alt 2 threatens the economic stability of local communities by: recoupling counties to the boom-bust timber industry, by increasing local communities dependence on a volatile and declining industry, and by reducing the quality of life that helps sustain and grow a more healthy and diverse economy. The Northwest Forest Plan clearly meets the stated goals of the WOPR better than Alt 2.

2.      The EIS has yet to describe and consider the cumulative/compound/synergistic impacts caused by all management activities on BLM lands (logging, roads, mining, grazing, OHVs, weeds), within the context of all activities on non-federal lands, as affected by disturbances such as fire and extreme weather, and under the influence of global climate change. BLM still needs to consider how these cumulative influences will affect each resource of concern both on BLM lands and throughout their range.

3.      BLM still must consider how much additional spotted owl habitat needs to be protected on BLM lands in order to compensate for suitable habitat occupied and defended by barred owls. BLM needs a reliable strategy to assure well-distributed blocks of habitat where viable clusters of spotted owls can co-exist with barred owls, and move across the landscape between the blocks. Since barred owls render some of the large blocks unavailable to spotted owls, BLM must provide extra habitat in order to achieve the objective of "n" pairs (to ensure viable clusters, n maybe 30-40 pairs according to Noon and McKelvey (1996). If some of the stepping stones used for dispersal are rendered unavailable to spotted owls, then more stepping stone need to be provided for dispersal.

4.      BLM still needs to disclose the effects of its management on populations of wildlife instead of just habitat effects. Populations and habitat are inter-related and must both be discussed, not just one or the other. For instance, sometimes habitat and populations are partially decoupled due to the effects of fragmentation, habitat bottlenecks, and species interactions.

5.      BLM has yet to explain how they can dramatically increase highly controversial old-growth logging without compromising social and economic stability. Old-growth logging has in the past generated lawsuits and civil protests. The WOPR calls for clearcutting virtually all stands 200 years and older in the timber management areas.  Logging these stands would be highly controversial. One of the main reasons the BLM has not been successful under the Northwest Forest Plan is because the Northwest Forest Plan leaves approximately one million acres of old forests unprotected and virtually every proposed old-growth timber sale brings conflict and controversy. The EIS needs to disclose that conflict generated by old-growth logging detract from community stability.

6.      BLM failed to consider reasonable alternatives that would actually meet the objectives of all the governing laws while having a reasonable chance of public acceptance and successful implementation. BLM must conserve and restore more mature and old-growth forests in order to achieve climate stability, permanent forest production, watershed protection, regulating water flow, recovery of imperiled species, meeting water quality standards and attainment of beneficial uses of water, avoiding the need to list additional species, avoiding emissions of air pollutants such as CO2, etc.

7.      The DEIS would allocate only 8% of BLM lands in the west Cascades province to protected status (LSMAs). There is a high concentration of municipal drinking watersheds in the West Cascades serving among others, Salem, Albany, Eugene, Roseburg, and suburbs of Portland. BLM's overly optimistic water quality analysis notwithstanding, the EIS fails to recognize that this high concentration of timber management allocations would sacrifice drinking water quality, because (a) extreme weather events will happen, especially under climate change, (b) landslide risk will increase with logging because areas prone to landslides will not be reliably identified or protected, and (c) the WOPR gives to much discretion to managers and overly aggressive timber targets so BLM managers will be compelled to log and build roads in inappropriate places.

8.      THE DEIS has not considered the full suite of ways in which water can be polluted by BLM activities. The EIS for instance:

ignores sediment input from increased road use by heavy logging trucks and other support vehicles;
ignores surface and subsurface erosion caused by rutting and gouging the soil during logging and yarding;
ignores pollution caused by OHVs that seem to enjoy disturbing soil in both authorized and unauthorized locations;
ignores the chronic sediment inputs from poorly maintained roads;
ignores cumulative impacts from non-federal activities;
Nor can the BLM assume that all livestock grazing near streams will be implemented with the precision and rigor required to avoid water quality impacts.

9.      BLM has yet to address the effects of climate change on forests, fish, wildlife, water, etc; BLM has yet to acknowledge that BLM's past policies of old-growth liquidation contributed significantly to past carbon emissions; and most importantly BLM has yet to consider their essential role in reducing and mitigating future climate change by adopting policies to restore and conserve large carbon reservoirs in the form of mature and old-growth forests.

10.  BLM has yet to acknowledge that limiting climate change is essential to meeting BLM's responsibilities under the ESA, CWA, and O&C Act. Permanent forest production, regulating water flow, watershed protection, and community economic stability are directly threatened by climate change and BLM must do everything it can to help limit emissions in order to meet O&C Act objectives.

11.  BLM needs to stop rewriting history. Past analyses show the WOPR strategy to be highly risky and implausible. BLM must acknowledge and rationally address past conclusions that .

Ecosystem management is preferable to single-resource management. Ecosystem management takes of advantage of synergies such as, aquatic benefits of large late successional reserves, and terrestrial benefits from wide riparian reserves.
Ecosystem management that restores ecosystem processes and functions and is consistent with the natural range of variability is most likely to assure a continuing flow of ecosystem services that are essential for meeting legal obligations under the ESA, CWA, and O&C Act.[1]
Small, fragmented, widely-spaced reserves would not restore a functional interconnected late successional forest ecosystem which is necessary to recover threatened species and prevent the listing of additional species;
Small stream buffers are inadequate to meet aquatic objectives. FEMAT Option 7 is similar to WOPR Alt 2, and the 1994 FSEIS concluded that Alt 7 would not meet objectives for aquatic species and the Clean Water Act.
BLM lands are essential to the overall conservation scheme of the Northwest Forest Plan because, among other things, BLM lands help provide well-distributed habitat, BLM lands increase the abundance of older forests that are in very short supply, and BLM lands provide essential habitat connectivity between the Coast Range, Cascades, and Klamath Provinces;
Avoiding ESA listing of new species helps stabilize timber outputs and contributes to the stability of communities and industries. FEMAT concluded that Option 7 (like WOPR Alt 2) would likely NOT adequately conserve mollusks, lichen, fungi, salamanders, salmonids, etc.
Federal lands were supposed to carry the burden of conservation so that non-federal lands could practice more aggressive forestry. BLM is going back on its promise to help compensate for high levels of disturbance on non-federal lands. BLM has not considered the economic consequences of this significant policy change.
BLM lands were supposed to provide additional habitat for marbled murrelets and Pacific salmon in order to compensate for adverse ocean conditions (and adverse conditions on non-federal lands).
Interagency cooperation is essential to successfully achieving the objectives of the Northwest Forest Plan. The Western Oregon Plan Revision threatens even the success of the Forest Service's implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan conservation scheme.
The Northwest Forest Plan provided the maximum allowable logging levels. For instance, "The design of the preferred alternative [option 9] . is intend to allow as high a level of sustainable timber supply as possible without risking further curtailments in the timber supply in the future due to the requirements of a myriad of other laws under which the BLM must operate." 1995 MedfordRMP.

12.  BLM's internal agency reward system leads to unintended consequences. Unreasonably high timber targets combined with highly discretionary standards and guidelines will lead to abuse of discretion and failure to attain environmental objectives.

13.  The action alternatives encourage clearcutting that creates dense young forests that are more susceptible to severe stand-replacing fire which can threaten communities, homes, and habitat. The DEIS fails to account for the increase fire hazard as part of its community economic stability analysis. The Northwest Forest Plan would contribute more to community stability because it would result in the greatest decrease in fire hazard through the growth of fire resilient older forests.

14.  BLM ignores that logging is a boom-bust industry that undermines community stability rather than enhancing it. BLM ignores the extent to which forest conservation helps stabilize communities by enhancing quality of life and helping to diversify the economy so communities are less dependent on the inherently volatile timber industry. BLM has yet to consider the economic impacts of shifting the regulatory burden to non-federal lands, and the economic costs of increasing communities' dependence on the inherently boom-bust timber industry.

15.  BLM ignores the non-market economic values provided by forest conservation, even when those values directly serve the objectives of the O&C Act: watershed protection, regulating water flow, and community economic stability. Non-market economic values are no less real than those values that are sold in markets, it's just that non-market values are harder to measure and harder to capture in market transactions. The WOPR EIS must recognize that non-market values like clean water, pure air, healthy biosphere, and a stable climate are fundamental to human survival, and more important than money.

16.  The O&C Act does not require BLM to ignore non-market values. In fact, the O&C Act's qualification to sell timber only at "reasonable prices on a normal market" are an implicit acknowledgment that markets can fail and BLM must intervene to account for non-market factors. BLM's NEPA analysis failed to recognize that prices are unreasonable and markets are not normal because current markets and prices do not reflect the true adverse environmental costs of logging mature and old-growth forests in terms of loss of biodiversity, degraded water quality, loss of climate stability, etc. The recent UK Stern Report said that climate change is being caused by the greatest market failure in history because those who conduct activities that emit carbon (such as logging mature and old-growth forests) do not pay the full cost of the global impacts of those emissions.

17.  BLM has yet to provide a compelling explanation of how they have harmonized their new timber dominant interpretation of the O&C Act with their equally important legal duties under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and Clean Air Act. Logging proponents are misconstruing the recent case of Homebuilders v. Defenders (U.S. Supreme Court, June 2007). The Clean Water Act's procedural criteria (at issue in Homebuilders) stand in sharp contrast to the type of discretion that BLM exercises in developing resource management plans. The O&C Act does NOT create non-discretionary mandate to maximize logging. The O&C Act requires BLM to exercise discretion in finding a harmonious way to achieve many objectives: permanent forest protection, recreational facilities, sustained yield watershed protection, regulated water flow, community stability, reasonable prices, normal markets, etc... See Interior Solicitors Opinions dated October 4, 1978, August 27, 1979, and May 14, 1981. In Seattle Audubon Society v. Lyons, 871 F. Supp. 1291 (W.D. Wash. 1994), Judge Dwyer said BLM exercises "broad authority to manage the O&CLA lands: the BLM is steward of these lands, not merely regulator.  Management under the O&CLA must look not only to annual timber production but also to protecting watersheds, contributing to economic stability, and providing recreational facilities."  Id.at 1314. The Secretary of Interior has previously taken the position that managing BLM forests so as to avoid future ESA listings furthers the purposes of the O&C Act to provide predictable timber supply. Furthermore, the Homebuilders precedent could not exempt BLM from other ESA requirements such as sections 9 and 7(a)(1).

18.  The EIS has yet to consider the effects of salvage logging in its environmental effects analysis. BLM cannot approve salvage logging (even in the abstract) without fully considering the environmental consequences of that policy. BLM can't just postpone consideration of salvage logging to the project level, because there are significant cumulative effects of salvage logging that must be considered at a programmatic level (e.g., large numbers of species that rely on dead wood and complex young forests, numerous ecological functions and processes that are influenced by the cumulative impacts of all management activities including salvage logging).

19.  The DEIS relies on se - WOPR DEIS commen
EM-6674 jdianelane@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:16:56 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

I feel the possibility of clear-cutting in our old-growth
forests to be totally UNACCEPTABLE. Sustainable forest
management is possible...but NOT in the old-growth forests. We
do not need to sacrifice the health of our planet in order to
satisfy the greed of a few. The science is there to support the
need to protect these resources.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.

Sincerely, Diane Lane 82841 Bradford Road Creswell, OR 97426


Sincerely,
Diane Lane
82841 Bradford Road
Creswell, OR 97426

EM-6675 stepgide@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:18:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Stephanie Wehner
P.O. Box 213
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

EM-6676 chuntsman@san.rr.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:19:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Carol Huntsman
2750 Wheatstone St. #30
San Diego, CA 92111

EM-6677 lettsgarden@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:19:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sharon Letts
930 6th Street
Eureka, CA 95501

EM-6401 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/9/2008 22:37:24 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jude Hobbs
Street: 32272 Wilson Creek Road
City,_State,_Zip: Cottage Grove Oregon 97424
Email_Address: hobbsj@efn.org
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6402 g.gille@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:43:38 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

LEAVE THE FORESTS ALONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am writing in THE STRONGEST OPPOSITION YOU CAN IMAGINE to the
BLM's attempt to put our nation's beloved forests at-risk
through the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This
misguided and unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of
the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent
forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the
region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Greg Gille
16802 NE 6th Place
Bellevue, WA 98008

EM-6403 colleenmhinton@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 22:44:38 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Colleen Hinton
16763 Maplewild Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166

EM-6404 Donald Sporleder <sporleder.1@nd.edu> Protect BLM Forests 1/9/2008 23:01:51 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM,

Please accept these comments on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. I am a citizen concerned with the management of these lands.

For the last ten years, the Bureau of Land Management administered forests in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan. This ensured these forests continued to provide important public values. These forests can also provide jobs and wood products as a by-product of forest restoration such as thinning young plantation forests.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM is contemplating may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy. Many of these forests are currently protected for water quality, salmon and wildlife concerns.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities.

Please continue to protect the western BLM forests that are now protected.

Sincerely,

Donald Sporleder
205 W Cripe St
South Bend,, IN 46637

574-631-8281
EM-6405 lcmtca@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 23:04:52 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Lori Conrad
3031 Bryant Place
Davis, CA 95618

EM-6406 sthita@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 23:18:00 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Stephen Mallory
2902 Unicornio St
Carlsbad, CA 92009

EM-6407 lpm_star@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 23:34:06 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Rev. Lucien Pan Morningstar
72Waltham
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

EM-6408 Mary Jeanne Mulhausen <maryjeannester@gmail.com> Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/9/2008 23:34:47 To Whom It May Concern:

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

The Northwest Forest Plan's protections should remain in place for BLM lands.  Oregon ancient forests deserve permanent protection and should be managed to maintain important public assets such as clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, diverse recreation opportunities, stunning scenery, and jobs in forest restoration, fire safety and tourism.

Ancient forests in Oregon also serve as an important carbon storage and sequestration resource.  Clearcutting and damage to soils from logging has been shown to release tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while old forests absorb and store carbon dioxide.

I am concerned that the changes the BLM has proposed in its Western Oregon Plan Revision will lead to the loss of Oregon's irreplaceable ancient forests, water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Much of the BLM forests in western Oregon are adjacent to private landowners who would like to see nearby forest managed to protect their home from wildfire and to preserve their water supply, scenery, and recreation opportunities. Additionally, these forests are owned by Americans across the nation, who would like to see them strongly protected for future generations to enjoy.

Please protect western BLM forests and maintain the Northwest Forest Plan reserve system.
Thank you so much for your time.

A Concerned Citizen
EM-6409 eggerjr@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 23:42:08 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing to oppose the land management agency,BLM,in its
promotion of an industrial logging plan that is in total
defiance and denigration of the legal Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) that a million concerned citizens intervened in and
testified upon.

I was one of these testifiers as Conservation Director of the
Oregon Mycological Society (with nearly 1,000 Oregon members.)
The NWFP is already a compromise; you are allowing it to be
negated and vitiated.

It is outrageous that the destruction of our magnificent forests
is being contemplated in this clearcutting plan. Our national
forests are intended to serve multiple uses. These forests
contain, besides recreation, hunting and fishing in native
habitat -- abundant rare species of plants and animals. For
example, host plants for butterflies that are nearly extinct
here in Oregon, and which the NFWS is striving to revive! Other
agencies, both Federal and State are devoted to protecting the
salmon and water resources of the region, which contain the
headwaters.

Does the Interior Dept.'s right hand know what its left hand is
doing??

The BLM proposal returns us to the old-style of clear-cutting
that modern silvaculture science has revised to be far more
ecological and resource-sustainable: versions BLM is totally
ignoring.

I urge you to revisit such science; consider the massive outcry
and protests you are receiving to the BLM plan, and desist in
the destruction of our country's vital natural resources just to
satisfy the limitless appetites of the commercial logging
industry. Almost all logging sales are at a loss to the U.S.
Treasury, from what I read.

Proclaim this unsustainable plan Dead-on Arrival. At a minimum
it needs public hearings and the application of science-based
analysis. Let us focus on protections for our nation's natural
resources, before we "give away the store".




Sincerely,
Jeanette R. Egger
1800 Ridgecrest Dr
Lake Oswego, OR 97034-2712

EM-6410 marilyn.phillips@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/9/2008 23:50:09 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Marilyn Phillips
632 Phil Ct.
Cupertino, CA 95014-4654

EM-6411 jsgarger@att.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 0:08:11 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jerome Garger
37 Greenhill Drive
Yachats, OR 97498

EM-6412 Jonathan Shields <inkub8ed@gmail.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 0:09:48 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Jonathan Shields
4805 N Congress
Portland, OR 97217
EM-6413 chanashappiness@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 0:13:12 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
charles radler
5845 webb rd
loomis, CA 95650

EM-6414 Dale Himes <daleh@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 0:25:57 Dale Himes
1141 2nd Ave
Gold Hill, OR 97525-9571


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Dale Himes
541-855-2558

EM-6415 tombudlong@adelphia.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 0:28:13 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Tom Budlong
3216 Mandeville Cyn Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1016

EM-6416 drjimcarpenter@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 0:37:13 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jim Carpenter
1831 Blake Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

EM-6417 Senchal7@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 0:59:13 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Senchal Hatton
475 Lone Oak Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

EM-6418 Michael Hill <mikeh@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 1:06:33 Michael Hill
1550 Avenue G
White city, OR 97503-1008


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

The BLM must develop and analyze at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Michael A. Hill

EM-6419 kristin biechler <kbiechler@wave.net> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 1:29:13 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Subject: WOPR Comments

We object that the BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) places
timber production above all other uses of our public lands managed by
the BLM, including clean water, wildlife habitat, fish and
recreation. Such myopic management of public forests threatens to
dirty our waters, degrade important habitat, and negatively impact
salmon and other fish species. It is time to stop spending money to
log old growth forests and selling Oregon's ancient forests.



. We are very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed in the
management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the
Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the BLM is contemplating
will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan,
and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased
conflict and controversy.



. The economic vigor of our community should not depend on an
increased level of timber extraction. Rather than hitch our stability
to a highly volatile industry that has over-harvested much of the
region, we should continue economic diversification and adjust to a
leaner, trimmer timber industry based on restoration thinning, not
old growth clear cutting. While timber is certainly a piece of
southern Oregon's economy, it is but one amongst a variety of
resources and value that forests provide. Communities in the urban-
wildlands interface are at great risk of wildfires due to lack of
appropriate small diameter tree thinning and brush management, not
because of large diameter tree forests. Forests supply ecological
services such as water filtration, soil stabilization, air
purification and climate control that are vital to a healthy future.



. We are opposed to the designation of 13 "Off Highway Vehicle
Emphasis Areas" concentrating OHV use on more than 100,000 acres in
the area between Ashland, Jacksonville, Gold Hill, Rogue River,
Grants Pass and the Illinois Valley. More than half of the acreage is
privately held - not BLM land. The plan encourages OHV usage and
actively discourages other forms of "quiet type"recreation like bird-
watching, camping, fishing, hiking and botanizing. Focusing on OHV
use when all other outdoor recreation is far greater is a serious
mistake. We do not want more OHV use in our surrounding areas. This
kind of activity is not appropriate nor in the best interest for the
homeowners who live within the boundaries and has significant
negative implications for the future of outdoor tourism for this
entire area.



. The WOPR ignores environmental protections in the O&C Act, as well
as the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and other laws put
in place to protect these forests and streams. The WOPR puts creating
more tree plantations ahead of protecting clean water, wildlife
habitat, recreation or producing a reliable small diameter wood supply.



In summary, there are no acceptable alternatives in the WOPR except
NO ACTION. We urge the BLM to go back to the beginning and designate
REASONABLE plans which would benefit the local communities, giving
the appropriate consideration to ALL types of uses, not merely the
harvesting of old growth forests and OHV uses. It is disgraceful that
a government agency would waste so much time and effort (which equals
money - our taxes) in proposing such outrageous useless "alternatives."



Sincerely,



Charles and Kristin Biechler

1100 Sterling Creek Rd.

Jacksonville, OR 97530
EM-6420 chavarria@now.sbcoxmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 2:34:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Bonnie Chavarria
4672 Via Huerto
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

EM-6421 keracabra@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 2:45:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Kera Abraham
912 Portola Drive
Seaside, CA 93955

EM-6422 mbroadwater42@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 3:17:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Melinda Broadwater
4217 SE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

EM-6423 mika77@care2.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 3:21:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Beatrice Barbu
Horia
Craiova 200472


EM-6424 diana_b_91711@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 3:40:18 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Diana Black
1125 Iowa Ct.
Claremont, CA 91711

EM-6425 barzanwormhole@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 4:29:23 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
pesach kremen
1602 chalmers street -apt A
San Diego, CA 92103

EM-6426 Jerry Locklin <jlocklin@sor.timperproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 5:19:53 Jerry Locklin
470 Old Ferry Road
Shady Cove, OR 97539-9722


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

Please consider alternative 2 as a viable and potentially sucessfull
option. Many workers and their families depend on action to protect their
livlyhoods and to keep oregon economy strong.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Jerry Locklin

EM-6427 artcamaya@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 5:30:26 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
artie leider
2209 W. 25th Place
eugene, OR 97405

EM-6428 roka@mamaro.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 5:48:31 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
roka walsh
420 broadway
springfield, OR 97477

EM-6429 HDart@theunion.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 6:04:31 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Hilary Dart
14945 Christmas Tree Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945

EM-6430 fperloff@mind.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 6:36:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put the
beloved forests of our Planet Earth at-risk through the proposed
Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and
unacceptable plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest
Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests,
diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Fred Perloff
164 5th St.
Ashland, OR 97520

EM-6431 Catherine Dorner <dornerch@msn.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 6:37:15  
As a native Oregonian, I am very concerned about Western Oregon Plan Revision.  I am opposed to this unprecedented level (2.6 million acres) of cutting and especially in old growth and sensitive water sheds. This land is PUBLIC LAND and should not be sold off. Many of these forests should be protected for future generations just as they have been there for my generation and my parent's generation.

Sincerely,

Catherine Dorner
4824 SE 139th
Portland, Oregon 97236
 
 
EM-6432 Janice Carrier <janice.carrier@comcast.net> WOPR 1/10/2008 6:46:22 Dear BLM,
I have lived in Oregon since 1986 - 9 years in Ashland, and now more than 12 in Salem. Having grown up in the Midwest, I realize the importance of protecting our special natural resources before it's too late. I think there are common ground solutions to moving away from a timber-dependent economy toward a sustainable forest management for us all. For example, tree plantations could be thinned for a healthier growing environment versus clear cuts of old growth. Our old growth is a national treasure, and it could be used for carbon-trading! Thank you for considering my comment. -Janice Carrier

Janice Carrier
3355 Winola Ave S
Salem, OR 97302
EM-6433 Ron Smith <ronsmith@busetimber.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 6:50:22 Ron Smith
3812 28th Pl NE
Everett, WA 98205-3209


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.



Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

It seems to me that until the O&C Act is ammended, or repealed, the BLM
must follow the requirement that these lands be managed for dominant
timber use and not be set aside as preserves. Given that a high
percentage of timber used by mills in the area of the O&C lands comes from
Washinton State and British Columbia it should be obvious that the demand
for your product is there. It is your job, according to the Act, to
supply that demand.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Ron Smith
4252585842

EM-6434 Andy Blachly <abzirkel@aol.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 6:51:39 Andy Blachly
706 Cultus Mountain Drive
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284-9371


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation. Not doing this reveals
an immediate bias and an unwillingmness to offer a robust set of
alternatives for public consideration. It also conceals the great
economic and social value of the potential timber harvest.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented. Especially when robust timber harvest happens, the BLM
timber management program can far exceed financial self support, and
instead be an income source for both local tax-supported programs anda for
the USA as a whole. Income can also be used to support Social Security,
or reduce the national debt.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties. Two consective fialures have violated good faith
- the O&C and the Nothewset Forst Plan have both been subverted instead of
carried out.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Andy Blachly
360-856-0409

EM-6435 chicochic99@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 7:00:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Gwen Crane
3101 Buchanan Rd.
Apt#222
Antioch, CA 94509

EM-6436 Tanissa Lovan <tanissalovan@hamptonaffiliates.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 7:09:40 Tanissa Lovan
PO Box 189
Randle, WA 98377-0189


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Tanissa Lovan
360-497-0223

EM-6437 Richey Bellinger <richbell@spiritone.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 7:35:08 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward
with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in
Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently
protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers
and creeks.

Sincerely,

Richey Bellinger
6124 N. Omaha
Portland, OR 97217
EM-6438 jgodonnel@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 7:35:34 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jane O'Donnell
8266 Central Ave
Orangevale, CA 95662

EM-6439 molittlekeys_22@yahoo.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 7:36:36 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT
ACCEPTABLE OR ETHICAL.

This proposal would take us backwards to the days of rampant old
growth clear-cutting, destructive road building, and local
controversy, and would fail to provide real stewardship of these
resources. I urge you to reject this and every attempt to
undermine science-based protections for our nation's natural
resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.

Thank you.



Sincerely,
Lisa Dadgar
4554 Wildcat Lane
Concord, CA 94521

EM-6479 Reed Behrens <synergy2100@hotmail.com> WOFR COMMENTS 1/10/2008 10:01:46 1/07/08

Dear Sirs,

re: WOFR


Please do not reduce stream buffers when cutting BLM lands. We need the buffers for restoration of fish runs and wildlife habitat. 

The next  100 years will be dedicated to restoring forests to sustainable yield health. More jobs and money in the long term will come from leaving these trees and creeks intact, than cutting them now for immediate revenue.

As forest stewards, our responsiblity first and foremost is to sustainably use the forest resources. The cutting levels you are contemplating and the reduction of stream buffers are not sustainable.

Thank you for considering these views.


Reed Behrens
Environmental Consultant
Corvallis

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EM-6480 dneal9@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:08:37 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Dorothy Neal
13811 Ben Dier Lane
Baker City, OR 97814

EM-6481 atoor@peak.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:12:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Arthur Toor
3383 N. Bayview Rd
Waldport, OR 97394

EM-6482 mrowlan1@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:14:39 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

I am in support of sustainable logging practices -- they are
necessary to prevent forest fires and revitalize stagnant areas
of certain forest ecosystems.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please rewrite the plan to protect our old-growth forests, clean
water, and the wildlife that call these areas home.



Sincerely,
Myfanwy Rowlands
17884 Rockmar Ln.
Grass Valley, CA 95949

EM-6483 danciske@drizzle.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:16:44 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Daniel Ciske
1717 Sunset Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116-1943

EM-6484 Russ Martin <russm@sor.timberproducts.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 10:18:16 Russ Martin
72 Renault Ave
Medford, OR 97501-2046


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

None of the three alternatives presented in the DEIS meet the requirements
of the O&C Act because they do not manage the land for the dominant use of
timber production. Reserving the majority (52%) of the suitable
timberlands for the purpose of a listed species is contrary to the O&C Act.

Because of the unique nature of the O&C Lands, by law these lands are not
available to be part of a reserve system designed to recover a listed
species. The BLM should consider active management for the protection of
listed and sensitive species and their habitat before adopting passive,
reserve strategies. The alternative selected by the BLM, however, should
be one that will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species
within the species entire habitat range.

The BLM must develop and analyzes at least one alternative that maximizes
the amount of land in timber production and receipts to local county
governments, and meets its no jeopardy obligation.

Congress and the Administration must ensure that when the Plan is
finalized that the BLM receives adequate funding so that it can be fully
implemented.

When implemented, the Plan should live up to the full commitment that was
made to local counties.

Timber sale revenues must generate at least an amount equal to the funding
that was provided to local counties through the Secure Rural Schools and
Community Self-Determination Act on a yearly basis.

All BLM administered land should be managed to minimize the threat of
catastrophic wildfire on these lands and surrounding state and private
lands.

Access should be maintained through BLM administered lands for private
land access, fire suppression, as well as recreational uses, such as
hunting, fishing, boating and sightseeing.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Russ Martin

EM-6485 Patti43c@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:19:46 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Patricia Carlson
3668 Motor Ave, #107
Los Angeles, CA 90034-5799

EM-6486 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:24:04 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

Jan 7 2008
To: Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue, Portland, OR 97208
CC: Oregon Congressional delegation
Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

I have read over this proposal and vehemently oppose it.
It is shortsighted and backward. To say it damages the remaining
rivers, watersheds and overall environment is like stating the Pope
is Catholic.

Once our leaders were guardians of the public lands. Now it seems
they are guardians of big corporate profits, including timber.

It is being put forward that the rural communities need the proceeds
from the sale of old growth forests. That is so weak and transparent
as not to be believed. What happens when the money runs out AGAIN ten
years from now as it surely will? We will have no recourse and NO
forests, just tree farms. We the people need to find a sustainable
way to fund rural needs, not just put a finger in the dyke.

I am a proud owner of my public lands and will protest and protest
and protest until these old growth areas are left alone for all of us
to enjoy to eternity.
Sincerely,

Kim Kelly
5205 Cold Springs Way, Eugene, OR 97405

Name: Kim Kelly
Street: 5205 Cold Springs Way
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97405
Email_Address: kim@equitect.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6487 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:24:32 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

Furthermore, logging our old growth trees will accelerate climate
change and it is our responsibility as stewards of this planet to do
everything we can do slow climate change

Sincerely,

Lorelei Allen

Name: Lorelei Allen
Street: 3375 Onyx St.
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene OR 97405
Email_Address: qa@accordionpower.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6488 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:24:53 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jeff Rempel
Street: 66 Lawrence St
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR
Email_Address: theremps@hotmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6489 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:25:11 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

as a citizen and a biologist, I am writing to express my concern over
the possible decimation of old-growth and streamside reserves on
western Oregon BLM lands. These forests provide essential services in
wildlife habitat and water quality. Those of us who enjoy the
outdoors derive great satisfaction from the few remaining tracts of
old-growth forests in Oregon, and we recognize that those tracts that
have been destroyed already will not be restored, either in our
lifetimes or the next couple of generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Susan Bassham
Street: 375 Horn Ln
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene OR 97404
Email_Address: sbassham@uoregon.edu
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6490 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:25:33 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Jerome Hobbs, N.D., L.Ac.
Street: 1161 Lincoln Street
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, Oregon 97401
Email_Address: hobbsj@efn.org
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6491 RCKingsnorth@aol.com WOPR - OHV 1/10/2008 10:25:34 The public comment period for the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) is almost over.  For a process that was driven by timber issues, it is disappointing, but not surprising, that the public was more passionate about the off-highway vehicle (OHV) issue.  Note the number of Mail Tribune front-page stories on the issues, the most telling being January 9: "BLM off-highway vehicle comment period deadline nears".  The comment period was supposed to be about the whole plan, not just OHVs.

 

The passion on the OHV issue is not surprising.  People are very passionate about protecting their homes from the noise and trespass issues of OHV riders.  And OHV riders are very passionate about their sport.  On the other hand, how excited can the general public get about "regeneration harvests" and "late successional management areas"?  My spell checker thinks "successional" is a spelling error, and "regeneration harvests"?  Just a euphemistic name for "clearcutting".  It is not surprising that the public has difficulty engaging in a discussion of these important issues.

 

As for the OHV issues, hopefully, we are done slinging mud at the BLM brick wall, at the "meanies who want to take away all the fishing, hunting, and OHV areas," and at the "invaders of residential neighborhoods."  In defense of the BLM, it is not appropriate for them to be issuing policy changes or making decisions during the comment period.  It is difficult enough comprehending a 1,600-page document without making it a moving target.

 

As for the OHV rhetoric, it is time to look at solutions, solutions based on thoughtful criteria.  OHV riders need a place to ride.  People need to protect their homes.  We need to care for our environment.

 

Executive Order 11644, put in place in 1972, and written into the Interior Department's regulations as 43 CFR §8342.1, provides the guidelines for establishing OHV trails and areas.  It does so in 216 words (with another 1,600 words to add the appropriate ponderous gravity of official documents).  The guidelines, specifically Section 3, address the compatibility of OHV use with the surrounding area.  It is a good start.

 

Bob Kingsnorth

Central Point, Oregon





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EM-6492 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:26:00 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations. These mighty
forest trees are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. If we
eliminate these critical elements from our environment, where are we
to turn when we seek fresh air, clean water, cooling for our planet,
and a place for refuge when we need it?

As a resident of western Oregon, This issue greatly concerns me.
With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.
There are just so many options to turn to beyond this.

Sincerely,
Michelle A. Rivers

Name: Michelle Rivers
Street: 2595 Jefferson St
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97405
Email_Address: shlebear@aol.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6493 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:26:22 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Joseph and Ingrid Faber
Street: 45 Spyglass Lane
City,_State,_Zip: Florence, OR 97439
Email_Address: faber@bmi.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6494 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:27:03 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Lydia Scott
Street: 1819 friendly St. apt.# 2
Eugene, OR 97405
Email_Address: lydiabrennan@hotmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6495 SORENSON Peter <Peter.SORENSON@CO.Lane.OR.US> WOPR 1/10/2008 10:27:07 U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Western Oregon Plan Revision
P.O.B. 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

Dear BLM:

   During the process of revising Alternative 2 of the Western Oregon Plan Revision, please keep T. 19S. R.06W. Sec. 17 as a Late Successional Management Area. Approximately one quarter of this section is an old-growth grove, the Grandmothers of Wolf Creek, and nearby older forest, an area important for environmental education and recreation. Although the B.L.M. has turned this forest down three times so far as a formal Environmental Education Area (because an additional EEA would be too expensive, they said) it is greatly valued by students, teachers, and residents in Crow and Eugene. In the Draft Environment Impact Statement of Alternative 2, this section, T. 19S. R.06W. Sec. 17, was included in a Late Successional Management Area, but a result of recent revisions to Alternative 2, it is now in a Timber Management Area. However, T. 19S. R.06W. Sec. 17 is very close to the northern edge of L.S.M.A. 33, and I ask please that it be included in this L.M.S.A.

This small, beautiful old-growth forest near Crow is one of the the oldest stands of old growth close to Eugene. It has
* 300 - 400-year-old Douglas firs, along with very old western red cedar and western hemlock   
* younger trees of diverse ages
* diverse understory of shrubs, herbaceous plants, mosses, and fungi

* habitat suitable for spotted owl and marbled murrelet
* forest stretching from Wolf Creek up to Timber Ridge, a 600-foot elevation span that adds species and habitat diversity to the     area.
 
This forest has become important in the lives of many people, too. For the past three years, instructors at Lane Community College have been using it to  teach English as a Second Language to adult students. As part of a federal civics grant to teach immigrants their civic rights and responsibilities while they learn English, class curriculum has included environmental civics: teaching immigrants to respect and protect the environment in their new home. A field trip to the old growth forest on Wolf Creek is an important part of class study of western Oregon nature and environmental protection. Classes have visited the Wolf Creek forest one or twice a term during most terms of the past three years, with the most recent visit in November, 2007.  In addition, students have learned to explain such elements as snags, nurse logs, vegetation layers and food chains of an old-growth forest to others. They served as forest guides for another group of E.S.L. students from L.C.C., and also began to introduce the forest to students from Crow High School. The Wolf Creek forest is becoming an educational element in the lives of more and more students, and other people as well.

    I believe it is important to have an old-growth area for learning about the forest in the Coast Range and west of Eugene, in addition to the B.L.M.'s two formal Environmental Education areas east of I-5, which are not in the Coast Range. With gas prices rising and concerns about global warming, plus instructors' concerns about travel time and distance, it helps many educators and students to have an old-growth forest close to educational institutions in and near Crow/Lorane/Veneta and west Eugene, in a place on Wolf Creek Road that is easily accessible to everyone. I believe this forest is the closest publicly-owned
old-growth forest in our area that is accessible from a paved road.

      I hope this lovely old growth grove can remain as a Late Successional Management Area, for the continuing benefit of Lane County students now and for generations to come

 

Thank you for your attention.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Pete Sorenson

Lane County Commissioner

 

125 E. 8th Ave.

Eugene, OR.  97405
EM-6496 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:27:33 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Matt Lutter
Street: 1185 W. 25th Ave
City,_State,_Zip: Eugene, OR 97405
Email_Address: likebutterbaby5@hotmail.com
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6497 Laurel Steinberg <laurel.steinberg@gmail.com> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 10:27:57 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is
headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal
forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the
BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark
Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded
habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to
increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by
700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and
clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards
proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future
generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon.
Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in
regulating the climate.

Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in
need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while
actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws
out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by
increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix.
The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of
Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature
and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural
treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for old-
growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been stronger,
the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our nation and
turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management
of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds
and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Sincerely,

Rachel Aquino P.O Box 143, Williams, OR 97544
EM-6498 kugler Mark Eric <kugler3@msn.com> 1/10/2008 10:28:01 Dear BLM,

  I am very concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

  Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by 700%, build1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and clearcut at a9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon. Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in regulating the climate.

  Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

   Please make the right choice...protect our forests.
   
   Thank you.
     Eric Kugler




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EM-6499 Josh Laughlin <jlaughlin@cascwild.org> WOPR comment 1/10/2008 10:28:05 Dear Western Oregon BLM,

I am writing to express my concern over the possible elimination of
old-growth and streamside reserves on western Oregon BLM lands.
These forests provide habitat for many wildlife species, clean
drinking water to rural communities, recreation for outdoor
enthusiasts, and a legacy for future generations.

With so few old-growth forests remaining, it is critical that we
protect them for future generations to enjoy. Young, even-age tree
plantations are a sustainable place for generating wood products.

Please do not open older forests on our public lands to logging.

Sincerely,


Name: Robert Meier
Email_Address: zapotec@comcast.net
--
Josh Laughlin, Conservation Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests,
waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org
to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the
conservation movement. Become a member today at
http://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!
EM-6500 mana22@peak.org Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:30:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Marje Takei
PO BOX 475
455 King Street
yachats, OR 97498

EM-6501 Igo and Cookie <igoandcookie@msn.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 10:35:12  
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

Sincerely,
Igo & Arlene Jurgens
425 SE 70th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
EM-6502 Jacque Baker <jmbcsmom@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 10:37:19 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

Jacque Baker
1555 e. chamberlain
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
EM-6503 wintyrhawk@frontiernet.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:41:07 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). I live in Western Oregon. This is
my home. This misguided and unacceptable plan would unravel the
protections of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and threaten the
magnificent forests, diversity of life, and clean salmon-rich
waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Saundra Whitten
PO Box 2005
226 Dogwood Lane
Cave Junction, OR 97523

EM-6504 Heidi Parker <parkershames@gmail.com> Protect Public Forests, Rivers and Wildlife 1/10/2008 10:43:36 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office
333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR 97208

CC: Oregon Congressional delegation

Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions

Dear BLM,

As a land owners whose property borders BLM forest land, we are very
concerned with the direction the Bush Administration is headed in
with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests
under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes that the BLM is
contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest
Forest Plan, and may lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and
increased conflict and controversy.

Your current proposal is unacceptable. The agency proposes to
increase old-growth logging on public lands in western Oregon by
700%, build 1,000 miles of new logging road in the next decade and
clearcut at a 9-1 ratio to thinning. This is a myopic and backwards
proposal that depletes our natural resource base for future
generations by weakening protections for forests, creeks and salmon.
Shockingly, the proposal ignores the role that these forests play in
regulating the climate.
Most Americans want federal land managers to embrace thinning second
growth forests, safeguard communities from wildfire and protect what
remains of our nation's ancient forests. By focusing on previously
logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in
need of thinning - they are providing wood to local mills while
actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws
out of precious old-growth forests.

In contrast, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by
increasing old-growth clear-cutting for a short-term economic fix.
The WOPR puts water quality at-risk and would destroy some of
Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature
and old-growth forests on public land, not clear-cut these natural
treasures as the WOPR proposes to do.

It is disappointing that at a time when public consensus for
old-growth protection and second-growth thinning has never been
stronger, the BLM is proposing to clear-cut forests older than our
nation and turn complex ecosystems into flammable tree farms.

Please protect remaining old-growth forests, focus active management
of BLM lands in already logged-over areas, and concentrate job
opportunities in restoration forestry that would benefit watersheds
and generate wood products without multiplying past mistakes.

Additionally, the proposed increased construction of new roads for
off-road vehicle use threatens to adversely impact the peace and
quiet of our vacation property, not to mention increased erosion and
damage to our currently pristine watershed. Please reconsider this
whole, ill-conceived WOPR!

Sincerely,

Heidi Parker and James Shames, MD
344 Bridge St.
Ashland, OR 97520
EM-6505 Carey <careymassage@yahoo.com> comment 1/10/2008 10:43:39 I am devoting this time to comment on the WOPR. Time
that is otherwise needed to try to make a living as a
business owner in S. Oregon. It has been a challenge
to survive in this depleted economy.
We have been struggling to bring in tourism(which is
most of my business)to an area where most of our
forests are already turned into timber plantations,
which has greatly increased our fire danger. The small
remaining tracts of old growth forests will be
impacted with the WOPR's preferred alternative, pro-
posing clearcutting and adding to our fire danger.
Such
logging causes fire danger,landslides,stream
pollution,
loss of salmon and other wildlife including the
spotted
owl which the Norhwest Forest Plan was put in place to
save. Thusly, my government is telling me that big
timber interests are more important than endangered
species,watersheds for our community(now&for future
generations),natural fire prevention in our old growth
forests and jobs created through tourism.
The WOPR states that the jobs created by this plan for
the timber industry are expected to cause job loss and
income in other sectors of the economy, especially in
S.Oregon. Myself and thousands from my community of
the
Rogue and Illinois Valleys will be foreverer
negatively
effected by increased logging,increased use of OHV's,
loss of jobs,property values and a way of life. This
is
a huge loss to our communities for a few years of
timber jobs.
I witnessed during the Biscuit Salvage logging that
the jobs created for the timber industry were filled
almost entirely by out of state loggers. They
came,they
worked and then left with their earnings, adding to
the depletion of our economy. The cut over forests,
which resemble moonscapes, can no longer be used to
draw tourism. It is an attack on the ecosystem which
humans can not live without, we are going to die as a
race if we do not save our last intact ecosystems. The
NWFP should not be discarded, the WOPR should.
I support the Natural Selection Alternative which
would
still allow timber extraction every year, employing
local residents through this forest product extraction
and tourism. Utilizing our old growth ecosystems to
attract visitors and retain a beatiful and senic com-
munity which tourists will travel to experience.
The NSA fullfills the WOPR's "Purpose and Need" which
the BLM's preferred alternative does not. The NSA
provides greater community fire safety, sustainable
long term forest product removal and tourism. All
which will build the health of our economy, instead of
destroying it as the WOPR's preferred alternative will
surely do.

Brenda Carey
27 1/2 N.Main St.
Ashland, Or 97520
careymassage@yahoo.com

Pierre Benoit
dankyiddies@yahoo.com


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EM-6506 Patricia Schneider <patricia.schneider@unitedrisk.com> BLM - Western Oregon Plan Revisions 1/10/2008 10:43:44 I would like to express my concern regarding the current bill up for review that would limit the use of public lands to motorized vehicles.

 

1)The Department of Interior Resource Management Plans must be aligned for continuity with Department of Agriculture USFS Resource Management Plans, especially concerning OHV Recreation use in Riparian Areas and Late successional reserves (LSR), both which are sustainable, desirable OHV recreation use areas.  Scientifically, the exclusion of OHV recreation from parts of these areas can be a situational decision, but OHV recreation facilities exist on USFS managed lands, and not on BLM manage lands in our area.

2)  In this proposal there are no proposed trails for OHV recreation, in spite of dozens of proposed trails for non-motorized usages. (Please see Page 134, Volume 1.) Motorized usage is becoming increasingly popular and because we are paying into the fuel tax system, our $$$ will help provide the funds necessary in maintaining these trails.  Non-motorized users are not paying for the privilege to use these trails and have them maintained.

3)Tallow Box Mountain area in the Ruch/Applegate area is a known use area proposed for OHV events by previous BLM District Manager, Richard Drehobl, yet it is not included as an emphasis area.  It is contiguous to the Anderson Butte, Johns Peak and Ferris Gulch use areas and I require its inclusion as an OHV emphasis area.

4)BLM O&C lands are designated by congress to provide a sustainable timber supply as well as developed recreational facilities; However, the public domain lands are not subject to this same timber standard yet are intended to be managed as much.  As an OHV recreation enthusiast, I would like the public domain lands within the OHV Recreation emphasis areas be removed from the O&C timber harvest quotas and managed to promote an old growth LSR forest regime.  LSR forest conditions are more desirable for OHV recreation, and better for the environment as a whole.

5)I support all of the OHV emphasis areas.  I do not feel the projected 13 areas in the preferred alternative 2 are enough to accommodate existing and future OHV recreation, especially accounting for its popularity and the growth of the area.  Environmentally, we are far better off to have a wide range of areas for OHV recreation and spread the number of people using these lands in any given area rather than reduce the amount of land available for our usage and have all of these OHV users limited to a small area of usage. 

6)I would like specific information about the decision making process used for final selection of the OHV emphasis areas.  What specifically is the criteria for final selection of a particular area?  Comment numbers, complaints, funding?  The 13 indentified emphases areas including 3 existing designated areas and 10 identified as existing intensely used areas.  In addition, I mentioned Tallow Box Mountain must be included.  All 14 minimum must be included in the WOPR final document.

7)It would be desirable if there were loop connectivity between use areas for recreational purposes.

8)Most of the Sterling Ditch Trail in the Upper Little Applegate is overgrown, unused and in serious neglect, and has been for decades.  Class III motorized enthusiasts (motorcycles) have offered for decades to reopen, stabilize and maintain this trail as part of the Anderson Butte area open currently for use.  It is past time for these offers to be accepted, and implemented.

9)New the top of the Sterling Ditch Trail, the Little Applegate Recreation Site should be restored to its previous status as a camping facility as well as a day use site, including the footbridge and vault restrooms that were destroyed this last decade.

10)The Greyback Mountain Trail should also bear a Class III OHV designation for continuity with the Boundary Trail system, which it intersects.  It is also an important connection corridor from the Boundary system to the Ferris Gulch OHV use area to the North.

11)Socio economic considerations to human environments require more thorough analysis and greater sensitivity than in past document efforts.  Financial and social impacts to citizens, groups, cities and economics need to have greater standing in these decisions documents, with a standing at least as substantial as timber, threatened species, air and water quality, special concern areas, etc.  Decisions that devastate businesses, economics, and recreation opportunities for little or no valid reasoning are unacceptable. 

 

The recreational use of our public lands is what makes Oregon a desirable place to live and I for one would like to keep it that way!  My fondest memories as a child growing up in Southern Oregon was using these lands with my family in a variety of ways; backpacking, horseback riding, camping, motorcycle riding and snowmobiling.  I would like to see my grandchildren have the same opportunity as I did as a child.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Patricia Schneider

1966 St Clair

Medford, Oregon  97504

541-621-3645

Email: Patricia.schneider@unitedrisk.com

 

 

 

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EM-6507 DGardner@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:44:07 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
David Gardner
2525 Beverly Ave #8
Santa Monica, CA 90405

EM-6508 Anne Savery <awsavery@msn.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 10:46:13 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.  The Northwest Forest Plan was put in place to protect old growth forest ecosystems, which support endangered and threatened species of plants, insects and animals.  The protections under the plan further restrict road building across sensitive areas.  None of the protections under the Northwest Forest Plan should be lifted to implement a sale of timber on lands managed by the BLM.  To do so would be a breach of trust with the people of Oregonas well as future generations.  We depend on our forests to protect our quality of life, provide recreation, store carbon, and allow space for the existence of species that have lived in Oregonlonger than any human has lived here.

Sincerely,

Anne Savery

2227 NE 14th Avenue

Portland OR 97212
EM-6509 emclean@woh.rr.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:47:09 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Elizabeth McLean
1009 Pembury Place
Troy, OH 45373

EM-6510 trippinsmiles@hotmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:47:09 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Sarah Phillips
8440 Valley View Ct
Sebastopol, CA 95472

EM-6511 bob altaras <bobsai@hotmail.com> wopr plan 1/10/2008 10:48:00 Dear Bureau of Land Management,
 
I not against reponsible logging and resourse extraction, but this WOPR plan being presented seems far in excess of what I would see as responsible management of our forests.  I strongly support minimizing clear cut logging, particularly old growth.
Thank you.

Robert Altaras
222 No Mountain Ave
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 201-0437
bobsai@hotmail.com


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EM-6512 D Dulay <MtnStreams1@msn.com> BLM WOPR Support of No Action Alternative 1/10/2008 10:48:04 I strongly support the NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE.
 
Diane Dulay
EM-6513 jmarg@sfsu.edu Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:49:10 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Joel Margulis
43A Reed Blvd.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

EM-6514 Loretta Curtis <Loretta.Curtis@pgn.com> Re: Oregons Forests 1/10/2008 10:53:38 I, as a resident of the Mount Hood Corridor area, also support the NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE. LEAVE THINGS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EM-6515 MARC KASIE MICHEL <kasiemichel@q.com> word from a citizen 1/10/2008 10:54:20 Dear Sirs,
I have read about the plan to dictate two and half million acres of our public lands for the purpose of timber use, clearcut logging with a "regeneration harvest with no green retention".
I am against this.  As a concerned citizen I beg that you stop with this plan, put your heads together and come up with something sustainable and more healthy for our environment.
In addition, the 16,000 to 25,000 acre Timber Mountain/Johns Peak park (outside of Jacksonville) that is being proposed as an OHV park must be stopped, or at least reconsidered.  It would be a detriment to the environment if passed.  So much of the area has been destroyed already. 
Please consider how we are going to leave this Earth for our children and grandchildren. 
Thank you for your time and consideration in these matters.
Sincerely,
A very concerned citizen,
Kasie Michel
Jacksonville, OR
EM-6516 linda@larrylewin.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 10:58:22 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Linda Lewin
2145 Lincoln St
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6517 Justin Rhode <justin@siskiyou.org> WOPR IS NO GOOD! 1/10/2008 10:58:38 Bureau of Land Management
Oregon/Washington State Office
ATTN: Western Oregon Planning Revision (OR930.1)
PO Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

To the WOPR Public Comments,

I have read through the WOPR Draft Environmental Impact Statement and appreciate the GIS data available for review. The EIS analysis unfortunately contains too many flaws and assumptions, is not based off of common sense, and does not respect the laws of the United States in protecting habitat and species viability via the Northwest Forest Plan and the Endangered Species Act. I am concerned that the WOPR draft EIS seeks to dramatically alter modern forestry standards to the benefit of the timber industry at the detriment of forest health and lessoning fire severity. The BLM should respect public and natural interests and not push forward WOPR.

This plan would have extreme catastrophic consequences to the environment of the Illinois River Valley and the rest of Western Oregon. It would without question, cause great harm to the wildlife, rare plants, rivers and fish, the environment, water quality, recreation, tourism, economy, and quality of life that make this place special. The BLM?s plan would unfairly benefit special interests at the expense of businesses, hunters, hikers, tourists, landowners, and others who are the main users of BLM land.

The preferred plan would log over critical riparian protected areas where the endangered Port Orford Cedar is barely holding on and would threaten federally protected salmon rearing streams with added logging debris, silt, and erosion that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars to restore at a time when fisherman are facing bankruptcy. The BLM has failed to fix problems caused by past clearcutting and endless road construction that gets people lost in the maze and does not provide adequate resources for recreation, tourism, rare species protection, restoration, and stopping erosion caused by past resource use. The BLM?s plan is a slap in the face of the American people who trust the BLM to mange it for their benefit, rather that solely for the benefit of special interests.

I am concerned that the plan fails to protect known active red tree vole nests and other sensitive species, which should be protected under the Survey and Manage Protocol. Any logging done without surveys and protective buffers would result in the killing of known sensitive species and the loss of critical habitat. The WOPR preferred plan?s conversion of old growth forest to plantations is the greatest threat to the region?s diverse forests and undermines the forest?s resilience to changing climatic conditions.

The WOPR plan fails to describe the affects of massive logging on increasing flooding, in a region ill prepared in dealing with a catastrophic flood. The logging proposed will cause massive flooding and landslides, as there will be no big trees left to stabilize the soil. The majority of surrounding private and public lands has already been clearcut and the BLM plan fails to describe how counties would deal with increasing flooding and logging caused disasters such as land slides and fuel spills. Logging the last little bit that represents the last and best habitat would be catastrophic in many areas. I go visit these places regularly and my neighbors and I would suffer from psychological distress.

The WOPR plan converts fire resistant stands into fire prone stands, yet does not explain how the increased threat of fire would be mitigated in such a struggling community. The plan fails to protect communities from fire by proposing to drastically increase fire severity by converting older fire resistant stands into tree plantations.

The massive spray painting of industrial solvent on thousands of trees, the millions of plastic tape littered through each forest, the endless BLM trash dumps, trigger happy meth-head miners, noisy off-road vehicles trudging though botanical areas, the trails disappearing are all real proof of the BLM taking a one sided approach to public lands management. Residents of Oregon know the BLM cannot be trusted and the BLM does not care about what the public thinks. I know that my comments will be ignored and that it may never be possible to reform the BLM, what the WOPR plan really says is that the BLM is beholden only to special interests and not the public, it is up to the public and politicians to stop them, and this is exactly what we will do.


Sincerely, Justin Rohde

Justin Rohde
P.O. Box 905
Cave Junction, OR
97523

Justin Rhode
213 SE H. Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526

541-476-6648
EM-6518 e semon <getrady@comcast.net> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 11:00:18 Dear BLM,
I am very concerned with the direction the BLM is headed with the management of nearly 2.6 million acres of federal forests under the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The changes the agency is contemplating will unravel the protections of the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

By logging closer to streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water. Please leave the existing protections for riparian areas in place.

Wildlife such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet rely on BLM forests. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. Please choose an alternative that leaves habitat protections for wildlife, especially in existing old-growth forests, in place.

There are many less sensitive and more practical places to generate wood fiber than our last remaining ancient forests, like the millions of acres of young, even-age tree plantations that have grown since previous clearcuts. By focusing on previously logged public forestlands - many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning - the BLM would provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife and keeping saws out of precious old-growth forests.

Instead, the WOPR proposes to inflame the controversy by increasing old-growth clearcutting for a short-term economic fix. The WOPR puts water quality at risk and would destroy some of Oregon's most special places. We should protect our remaining mature and old-growth forests on public land, not clearcut these natural treasures.

e semon
1861 river sq
portland, OR 97201
EM-6519 Carol Moyle <riverspirit07@earthlink.net> Changes to the Forest Management Plan 1/10/2008 11:04:35 I STONGLY support the No Action Alternative for the following reasons:

The private lands assumption (page 477) that patterns of vegetation have not changed is incorrect; these patterns have changed. Future conditions are expected to develop with reduced forest diversity.

The chapter 4 Environmental Consequences climate change section uses an unacceptable assumption "no change" (page 491 paragraph 2). Climate change in our region is well documented. The term "speculative" demonstrates a disregard for the scientific facts. Cumulative effects of reduced stream buffers, increased clearcuts and road building, with the current or future climate in our region, will be detrimental.

The smaller stream buffers proposed in figure 253 on page 728 are not addressing species recovery or existing habitat conservation, as required under multiple Federal Acts. The buffer reductions could impact adjoining non-BLM lands and negatively impact fish and wildlife. There could also be impacts on areas with domestic water use, negatively affecting water quantities and temperatures.

There have been significant efforts in our area in reducing invasive plant infestations. Alternative 2 would seriously threaten these efforts regionally, and do not comply with Executive Order 13112 on page A936. The statement on page 631 "Alternative 2 would have the greatest risk of introducing invasive plant species infestation" is unacceptable. These problems are compounded with increased road building and OHV use

Carol Moyle
Resident of Mt Hood
EM-6678 Jennifer Gleason <gleason.jennifer@hotmail.com> Do not adopt the WOPR 1/10/2008 17:21:41 Dear BLM,
I am writing to express my disappointment in the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR). The WOPR does not protect critical habitat and important water sources. Please do not adopt the WOPR!!



Jennifer Gleason
3241 Donald St.
Eugene, OR 97405
EM-6679 Frank Hungate <fhungate@earthlink.net> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisons 1/10/2008 17:23:58 Bureau of Land Management, Western Oregon Plan Revisions Office

333 SW 1st. Avenue Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR 97208


CC: Oregon Congressional delegation


Re: BLM Western Oregon Plan Revisions


Dear BLM,


The proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions is totally unacceptable!  


The Northwest Forest Plan was adopted to correct the mistakes of past management (mismanagement or no management).   Do not destroy the the existing management plan for short sighted ambitions.


We need ecological restoration of our forests and watersheds, not more clear cutting.  Your proposed plan does nothing for sustainableeconomies.  The existing Northwest Forest Plan is a better choice. 


We need to keep intact the remaining mature and old growth forests on federal lands.  The WOPR does not protect the little old-growth forests that remain.   There are many opportunities for forest thinning and fire prevention that can be accomplished under the Northwest Forest Plan, without going to WOPR.


Please protect remaining old-growth forests.  Do NOT adopt the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revisions.


Sincerely,


Frank Hungate II

4044 Dark Hollow Rd

Medford, OR 97501
EM-6680 r.siegner@att.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:24:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

We are writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Roger %pa_first_name% Sandra Siegner
9640 SW Lancaster Rd.
Portland, OR 97219

EM-6681 deroutfamily@comcast.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:25:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Erica Derout
7008 58th St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

EM-6682 Marna Hauk <marnahauk@yahoo.com> Please protect our old-growth forests! 1/10/2008 17:28:27 Dear BLM,
I live in Oregon for a variety of reasons, including the old-growth forests, excellent recreation, and opportunities to view wildlife on public lands. After learning about the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions, I am very concerned this plan will degrade my ability to enjoy the public lands in western Oregon. The changes the Bureau of Land Management is proposing will unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan for old-growth forests and wildlife, and will lead to water pollution, degraded habitat, and increased conflict and controversy.

Please consider other alternatives. Our old growth forests are some of the most effective carbon sequestration areas in the whole world! Why would we want to move backwards from the strides forward of the past two decades and imperil our children by accelerating global warming? Please do not destroy what makes Oregon the place I treasure and love.

Some of my concerns include:
- I'm disappointed that all special areas (Research Natural Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) won't be protected from logging under WOPR. These areas contain unique values that many people seek out to enjoy. These areas should not be opened to logging.

- The increased, widespread clearcutting of forests under WOPR could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

- Clearcutting of old growth forests and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten the peace and quiet for rural residents, visitors, and wildlife. Oregon needs rural residents and tourism to feed our economy - catering to the timber and motorized vehicle industry alone is not a solution.

Oregon's remaining old-growth forests are a treasure -- offering wonderful recreation opportunities, clean water, homes for wildlife, and offsetting global warming. But the WOPR is a step back to the unsustainable days of clear-cutting this amazing resource, endangering wildlife, muddying streams, and fueling public outcry. A better way is to protect our heritage forests and focus on thinning and restoration of the plentiful unhealthy plantations left over from the last logging boom. This approach would safeguard the many values of old-growth forests that make Oregon a place I want to live, while providing sustainable jobs and other economic benefits for rural communities.

Marna Hauk
PO Box 14194
Portland, OR 97293
EM-6683 Karen Springer <springkt4@yahoo.com> Please stop WOPR! 1/10/2008 17:29:01 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.  This is not healthy for our forests or for us.

Sincerely,
Karen Springer
3165 SW 70th Ave
Portland, OR 97225



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EM-6684 tiana lee <otterlimitz@msn.com> 1/10/2008 17:32:27 I am a home owner who's property sits along side of BLM land. 
There are many reasons that I strongly appose WOPR , let me count the ways:
1. My property values will decrease.
2. peace and quiet disrupted.
3. Clean water and salmon compromised.
4. WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years seven fold and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. 
   Two thousand square miles of forest would be put in timber management areas where clear cutting is emphasized.
5. Wildlife rely on BLM forests.  The WOPR would reduce protections and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife.
6. Sustainable economics
7. The BLM cannot eliminate protection for old growth forests.  To do so the BLM needs to violate the endangered species and clean
   water acts and other laws.
8. By creating flammable tree plantations the WOPR  will increase the amount of carbon in the atmosp.here contributing to global
   warming.
Half of BLM forests were clear cut in the past century and converted to overstocked tree plantations .  Why not thin the small trees which could offer millions of feet of commercially valuable timber.  If actively thinned we would then preserve our last best public lands for generations to come.
Sincerely, Tiana Lee
EM-6685 JERRBEARSDEN@MSN.COM Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:32:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
JERRY BRINES
11415 E.MAXWELL
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA 99206

EM-6686 goldberg.mm@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:36:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Melissa Goldberg RN
29621 K. St.
Ocean Park, WA 98640

EM-6687 fvo200@aol.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:37:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Florence Obrien
22557 Se 45Th St
Issaquah, WA 98029

EM-6688 Howard Robertson <robertsons2@earthlink.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:38:32 Dear Bureau of Land Management,
 
I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. The BLM is moving forward with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. I urge you to stop the WOPR immediately! 
 
Forestry is not a form of agriculture.  A farm is a highly artificial construct.  A forest is a complex living entity.  A farm is unnatural; a forest is natural.  Cutting down a forest is not harvesting; it is like slaughtering the wild buffalo in the nineteenth century.  Clearcutting is an abomination, a desecration, a moral crime.  Stop what you are doing.  Change your intentions.  Protect the forests we have placed in your care. 
 
Sincerely,
Howard W. Robertson
 
P.O. Box 50204
Eugene, OR 97405
 
Howard Robertson
robertsons2@earthlink.net
EarthLink Revolves Around You.
 

EM-6689 musicnut21@gmail.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:42:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Jeff Salvaryn
8460 Naylor Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

EM-6690 Mitsi Vondrachek <mitsi@verizon.net> Please Halt the Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 17:43:10 PLEASE PROTECT OREGON'S BLM FORESTS!!

I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. I am opposed to the BLM's
preferred alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will
increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by
clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and
sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

I urge the BLM to maintain the existing scientific framework of the
Northwest Forest Plan's late successional and riparian reserves on BLM
lands, and develop an option that protects all remaining mature and old
growth forests on BLM lands in Oregon.

Sincerely,

Michele Vondrachek
315 W. Columbia Dr.
Newberg, OR 97132
503.538.4241
EM-6691 JOY KEEN <joykeen@hotmail.com> I'm against WOPR - please preserve BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:44:42 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. I am opposed to the BLM's preferred alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks. This is not acceptable - much preferable would be permanent protection of old growth and native forests on BLM land.

I urge the BLM to maintain the existing scientific framework of the Northwest Forest Plan's late successional and riparian reserves on BLM lands, and develop an option that protects all remaining mature and old growth forests on BLM lands in Oregon.

Sincerely,

Joy Keen




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EM-6692 Rich &/or Midge Mueller <midge_rich@iinet.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:45:03 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. I am opposed to the BLM's
preferred alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will
increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting
in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon
bearing rivers and creeks.

I urge the BLM to maintain the existing scientific framework of the
Northwest Forest Plan's late successional and riparian reserves on BLM
lands, and develop an option that protects all remaining mature and old
growth forests on BLM lands in Oregon.

Sincerely,

Richard L. Mueller and Madgette Mueller
4395 NW Queens Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
EM-6693 Jane Van Dusen <janevand@epud.net> Comments on WOPR 1/10/2008 17:51:46 January 10, 2008

Dear Western Oregon Bureau of Land Management:

I write in response to your request for comments on your proposed Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) for managing Western Oregon's forests.

I live in Dexter, southeast of Eugene at the foothills of the Cascades. Our neighbors and we have watched over the years as clearcuts checkerboarding the hills all around us have caused destruction to the beauty that nourishes our souls, erosion of topsoils, thick sediment browning the streams, mudslides, increased flooding in some areas and drought in others. We see the wildlife-from deer, elk, and bear to many birds-coming further down off the mountains in search of clean water, habitat, and food and observed some having diminishing populations. We are concerned for their survival and for the survival of healthy lifestyles for people as well-who need forests that are protected for walks, hikes, hunting, exploring for children and adults, and for restorative solitude.

I understand the horrible situation of lost funding for county programs, but logging Western Oregon's precious old-growth forests and streamside reserves is an untenable, short-sighted answer indeed. I have read that if restorative thinning were done sustainably in areas that have been logged and replanted in the past and are now overgrown, there would be money for rural counties and a reduction in the threat of wildfires. In other words, the goals of your preferred plan can be met without destroying more old-growth forests!

Please do not open public lands to any more logging, and do not open any older growth forests to logging. Our forests are a legacy to be preserved for our children and their children, for our health, the health of our water quality and our economy, the health of our climate, the health of our spirit.

Respectfully Yours,

Jane Van Dusen
P.O. Box 178
Dexter, OR 97431
janevand@epud.net
EM-6694 Richard Stellner <wild91@comcast.net> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 17:52:25 Dear Bureau of Land Management:

As a regular visitor to Oregon's spectacular wild areas managed by the BLM,
I am extremely concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by
the BLM in Oregon. I strongly oppose the BLM's preferred alternative for
the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's
old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old
growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

I urge the BLM to maintain the existing scientific framework of the
Northwest Forest Plan's late successional and riparian reserves on BLM
lands, and develop an option that protects all remaining mature and old
growth forests on BLM lands in Oregon.

Sincerely,

Richard Stellner
133 NW 18th Ave #6
Portland, OR 97209
EM-6695 brownstink@sbcglobal.net Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 17:57:57 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.



Sincerely,
Randall Brown
1417 Sally St
Hollister, CA 95023

EM-6696 David Griffith <david@graphyx.com> Stop WOPR - Protect BLM forests 1/10/2008 18:00:56 I am very concerned about the 2.6 million acres of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon. I am opposed to the BLM's preferred alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision, which will increase logging in Oregon's old-growth forests sevenfold by clearcutting in currently protected old growth forest reserves and sensitive salmon bearing rivers and creeks.

I urge the BLM to maintain the existing scientific framework of the Northwest Forest Plan's late successional and riparian reserves on BLM lands, and develop an option that protects all remaining mature and old growth forests on BLM lands in Oregon.

Sincerely,

David Griffith
2700 SE 160th #7
Portland, OR  97236

503.254.8312
david@graphyx.com
EM-6697 finkkubal@msn.com Opposition to the WOPR: Protect Our Ancient Forests 1/10/2008 18:00:58 Western Oregon Plan Revisions Bureau of Land Management


To whom it may concern:

I am writing in opposition to the BLM's attempt to put our
nation's beloved forests at-risk through the proposed Western
Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). This misguided and unacceptable
plan would unravel the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan
(NWFP) and threaten the magnificent forests, diversity of life,
and clean salmon-rich waters of the region.

Without the NWFP, we could see a return to logging of ancient
forests and the degradation of hundreds of miles of rivers and
streams up and down the Pacific coast. This proposal would take
us backwards to the days of rampant old growth clear-cutting,
destructive road building, and local controversy, and would fail
to provide real stewardship of these resources. I urge you to
reject this and every attempt to undermine science-based
protections for our nation's natural resources.

Clear-cutting over 100,000 acres of old-growth forest every
decade is simply an unsustainable rate of logging that would
destroy these ancient forests. I am also concerned that the
proposal fails to appreciate how important these intact forests
are in helping to slow global warming.

Please do not allow the destruction of our old-growth forest
heritage to be our legacy, and rewrite the plan to protect our
ancient forests, clean water, and the wildlife that call these
areas home.

When will we ever learn????

Bennett Fink Judith Kubal 1938 Cleveland St.
Eugene, OR 97405


Sincerely,
Bennett Fink
1938 Cleveland St.
Eugene, OR 97405

EM-6698 Daryl Creech <dcreech@oregoncoast.com> BLM Western Oregon Plan Revision 1/10/2008 18:02:19 Daryl Creech
8965 Chance Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141-8920


January 10, 2008

Edward Shepard
OR/WA State Director
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208


Dear Edward Shepard:

Please accept the following comments on the BLM's Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Revision of the Resource Management Plans for
Western Oregon.

I understand how many people want to protect the environment, I do too,
but I believe everyone is taking it too far. We need to balance jobs and
the environment.

Setting aside 52% only for the animals seems over the top to me. All we
see is more and more land locked away for the animals. I like animals
too, but it doesn't need to be a one or the other proposition. Animals
can still live in harvested & regrown areas.

We all live in houses made of wood. What's so bad about logging, when
done responsibly?

Also, the plan needs to live up to the commitment that was made to local
counties. Why can't that be done.

Please also maintain access for fire suppression, as well as recreational
uses, such as hunting, fishing, etc.

In summary, the economic viability of our rural communities and the
overall health of our federal forests are of vital importance to me. I
ask that you give these comments full consideration as you prepare the
final Environmental Impact Statement and select the final management plans
for the Western Oregon BLM Districts.

Sincerely,


Daryl Creech
503-815-6325

EM-6699 bethmark <bethmark@frontiernet.net> wopr comments 1/10/2008 18:05:28 Please find attached my comments on the WOPR.Mark Kelz - mark wopr 08