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WC-301 WID-484 W-75342942-41a2-4b67-8cdc-59533fee806d File Upload 10/26/2007 10:47:00 AM Please consider these comments for the WOPR - DEIS file. Sincerely, Kenneth P. Cummings

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WC-302 WID-486 W-4027097f-037a-4b05-bc82-9a5850bdef09 Draft EIS 10/26/2007 9:04:00 PM After studying the WOPR, I support Alternative 2. This would provide much needed income to Josephine County, an area where individuals are finding a difficult time affording a home due to the fact that living wage jobs are scarce. Also, please consider non-traditional sources of revenue from lands that will not be harvested. Please read the article from High Country News concerning one idea at the following website. http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=17281 Thank you for considering these comments.
WC-303 WID-489 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_1_other: logging|tb_gen_ans:
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WC-305 WID-488 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Water Quality: As Yamhill Basin Council data shows, the watershed continues to have serious water quality issues. Continuing aggressive logging practices on BLM lands exacerbates this situation.
WC-306 WID-488 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Off-Highway Vehicles: Far too much of the BLM land west of McMinnville is open to OHV use, which leads to degradation of stream quality in the area.
WC-307 WID-488 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Forests: I support the No Action Alternative. All other alternatives would lead to greater destruction of the forest ecosystem.
WC-308 WID-489 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_4_other: This area will pose a flood hazard if clearcut.|cb_1-4timesyear|tb_gen_ans: This area should not be clearcut, because the higher snowpack which would result will pose a flood hazard in Lost Valley, which suffered an historic flood in 1996.Gordon Grant agrees there is some likelihood that cool clearcuts can hold more moisture in snowpack which can augment flood events-inclucing larger than 5-year events, and that the subject needs study. Please don't experiment in our watershed.
WC-309 WID-489 None Interactive Map 10/28/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_1_other: flood|tb_gen_ans:
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WC-314 WID-488 None Web Forum Exit 10/28/2007 9:39:00 AM It was a little hard to figure out but I really like the principle of the Interactive Map. If this sort of technology were standard for public comments, I suspect it would be easier to navigate and understand. It would be nice if there was somewhere to go and see all your comments summarized in one place. Maybe it is there but I didn't see it.
WC-315 WID-406 W-bad9a147-4538-42cb-b073-8e196a3e9598 File Upload 10/28/2007 9:56:00 AM

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WC-316 WID-491 W-83b684f2-f4ed-4b9e-96e2-6857173f5183 File Upload 10/28/2007 10:01:00 PM

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WC-317 WID-497 None Interactive Map 10/29/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Alternative 2: I would have to pick number 2 and please forgive my lack of knowledge on this plan but I do not see anything in here about thinning the forests. Maybe you have it in here somewhere but the forests need thinnned very badly.Thank you%0DSteve Langdon
WC-318 WID-494 W-38846eda-7217-4474-8881-9482ba41a09b Draft EIS 10/29/2007 8:57:00 AM I support the No Action Alternative or perhaps Alternative 1 at the most. Times have changed and we cannot continue to rape the land to support ourselves economically. In these days of global warming our forests and their diversity are more important than ever. Also, I support maintaining the forests as close to their wilderness condition as possible. Perhaps with some thinning allowed to reduce the risk of severe fire hazard. I do not support indiscriminate logging or clearcutting at all. I think we need to protect our streams, fisheries, animals at all costs. Also, as a hiker, mtn biker, and backcountry skier, I see and hear way too many noisy, polluting vehicles in the backcountry. This is not the way its supposed to be. I think they should be limited to certain areas, and then enforcement should occur, such that there are actual consequences for motorized vehicles being in areas where they're not allowed. As a skier, I've been harassed (buzzed) by snowmobilers riding too close to me or circling around me. they are obnoxious, noisy, smelly, polluting, CO2 emitting, wasteful, and anthetical to wilderness. Let human and animal powered recreation prevail!!!! lastly, I think the BLM should take at least as responsible a forest stewardship role as the USFS. That's not a very high bar to meet, but still...
WC-319 WID-495 W-6aea0bfc-8002-449f-bbad-ef4d53401780 Draft EIS 10/29/2007 10:19:00 AM I am opposed to creating any off road vehicle use areas. I like to tear trees out of the ground with my bare hands. Will you set aside an area for me to enjoy my hobby?
WC-320 WID-498 W-8c238c97-ee2e-4f3c-9023-2e992fde645f File Upload 10/29/2007 12:25:00 PM

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WC-321 WID-504 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_government|cb_fishing|tb_gen_ans:
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WC-323 WID-508 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_scenicbeauty|cb_relax|tb_4_other: This is near my family's old homestead ranch from over 50 years ago - not occupied at this time.|tb_gen_ans: John's Peak appears as a proposed 16,000ac%2B OHV area which allows too much motor activity in these hills. We now may spend a day riding horses or working the land and be haunted by the constant BUZZ of the cycles and we are near Wagon Trail-Kenney Road - miles away%21 PLEASE reduce the size and limit the amount of cycles%21 Miles of "noise encroachment" is unreasonable. In the case of the airport and orchards in our valley, special recorded restrictions have to be placed to warn landowners of noise activity. Further, motoized boats are not allowed on the upper scenic Rogue but we will allow motorized cycles in our scenic wilderness%3F The old ranches came first and the new cycle riders are reducing land enjoyment and land value. Please encourage other sites further out and not on our hillsides around our homelands. They can enjoy the sport - just not in someone's backyard%3F Thank you for your consideration.
WC-324 WID-240 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from No Action: Don't know that I did the pushpin in the correct area. The area I frequent, where I live, where I recreate, where I love and enjoy the BLM Old Growth is about 37379 Camp Creek Rd. atop Camp Creek Ridge. There are two sections of BLM here that we treasure in many ways - nature, wildlife, vegetation, wildflowers, mushrooms, photography, peace and quiet, awesome tall, tall trees. It is clear cut all around by Lone Rock, so the animals reside now in the BLM parcels. Where will they go if you log these beautiful and life sustaining forests%3F Please ask Congress to find a different way to get your money payments. Once Old Growth is gone, it's forever. No future generations will see it. It can't be replaced and next time you need money and the forests
WC-325 WID-240 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_1_other: retire|cb_photo|tb_2_other: Rest and relax|cb_hiking|cb_birdwatching|cb_ohv|cb_fulltime|cb_spiritual|cb_importantspecies|cb_scenicbeauty|cb_relax|tb_4_other: Enjoy and share the awesome values of seeing such huge trees%21
WC-326 WID-240 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Land Use Table at pushpin 801: Pushpin %23802
WC-327 WID-240 None Interactive Map 10/30/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Land Use Table at pushpin 801: What happens when all the Old Growth is gone%3F Where will you go for your monetary funds then%3F Future generations will only have pictures to look at, no experience of the awe and beauty of seeing, touching, feeling, hearing the Old Growth.%0DSince we live next to these two stands, we enjoy them every day along with other residents. The area around is clear cut so the wildlife (bears, deer, elk, cougars, bobcats, birds of all sorts) reside in the BLM Old Growth areas. Where will they go if you log them%3F LOW ELEVATION OLD GROWTH IS RARE. Pileated woodpeckers, swifts, creepers, pygmy-owls, bats, great horned owls, amphibs, and numerous other forms of life reside in this area. I've seen rare orchids, mushrooms and other plant life growing in these BLM stands too. Though small, these parcels are important for "seeding" younger forests with the insects, ampibians, mosses, and other critters that become established in older forests. Please find a different way of attaining monetary funds as all of these life forms cannot be replaced. If you log them for money now, what will you do for money later%3F It's not a long term fix or a healthy short term fix for funds either. Thanks for reading.
WC-328 WID-507 W-a1d168ba-0c84-4f4d-9735-224d4d786231 Draft EIS 10/30/2007 2:00:00 PM After review of the alternatives, my perference is for the No Action Alternative as it offers the greatest benefit overall. I support the NW Forest Plan and am concerned that the other alternatives fall outside of the guidelines outlined in the NW Forest Plan. We need to work for a sustainable forest plan that protects old growth and allows for socio-economic benefits. Alternatives 1-3 failed to do this.
WC-329 WID-505 W-ec7f56a0-973f-4f98-9010-cc0177670df6 File Upload 10/30/2007 3:15:00 PM In regards to the proposal of thirteen (13) sites the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District (WOPR) is considering for potential off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. I would like to share my comments and suggestions. Suz Montemayor 541-618-7385

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WC-330 WID-509 W-a1421f57-f5a6-4c85-b9d6-dc6c79a8c38b Draft EIS 10/30/2007 3:16:00 PM You people need to wake up--it's 2007--the vast majority of people want to preserve old growth forests not clearcut them--even the Forest Service recognizes this---if you cut old growth you get controversy, lawsuits, mistrust, etc... if you stay out of the old growth and focus on forest health, fire hazard reduction, thinning, etc... you get the job done--money, little controversy, happy loggers, mostly happy enviros--it's easy, why fight it? Do you guy's talk to the Forest Service at all? Talk to the folks on the Siuslaw NF, they have figured out how to log and not piss people off------You already destroyed most of the old growth ecosystem under your management--why be greedy--why destroy more--why not save the little that remains? These are public lands--do not destroy the remaining old growth. sincerely, John Peterson Portland, OR
WC-331 WID-508 W-82319273-d9a9-42f5-8d80-3f8f80a11293 Draft EIS 10/30/2007 3:32:00 PM We attended the Chamber Forum and understand many parts of the Alternative Plans. We support Plan 2 because it more wisely uses the timber resource and still provides for a longterm plan for a healthier forest and better wildlife environment. We should use renewable natural wood resources in a smart way leaving much room for enjoyment in our lifetime. I am a Title Officer and lifelong resident in Medford with family roots to the 1940's in Jacksonville.
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WC-337 WID-190 None Interactive Map 10/31/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_tourism|cb_importantspecies|cb_scenicbeauty|tb_gen_ans: This is a lovely old-growth stand, easily accessible from the highway, with very tall and large trees for people to enjoy. It also represents some of the only old-growth habitat within miles and is no-doubt important for wildlife.
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WC-347 WID-513 W-e555d9b0-865b-4d43-a9a7-946446664377 Draft EIS 10/31/2007 9:16:00 AM David Simone 84569 Laughlin Rd. Eugene, OR 97405 BLM WOPR public comments 10/31/07 Dear BLM, I support the no action alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision. In all the other alternatives there is a loosening of restrictions in the buffer area around riparian zones. This is very short sighted. Clean water is critical to our growing population and to the fish and other species that share our planet. Forests are needed now more than ever to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The environmental loss of the forests and fish can´t be justified for a short-term fix to an economic problem. This whole plan seems like a back door way to get out the cut. The Bush administration says our friends in the timber industry need more trees. If we work it right we can even get a lot of old growth. Oh yea, it´s the Bard Owl spelling difficulty for the Spotted Owl, that´s the problem, not the habitat removal. It´s time to make the timber sale holders pay for building their own roads. Many, in fact most timber sales are money losers for the government when road building is factored in. By making the timber companies pay for their own roads, timber revenue will be higher and offset the need to increase logging. If that makes US timber less competitive on the word wide market so be it. We should not allow boatloads of unprocessed timber to be shipped to overseas mills anyway. So for my two cents, it´s back to the drawing board with the WOPR. Perhaps an alternative might include thinning projects that create jobs and reduce the build up in fire prone stands. I support the no action alternative for the Western Oregon Plan Revision. David Simone
WC-348 WID-512 W-e54aa913-aa9b-4742-bb41-48eb3c2aa452 Draft EIS 10/31/2007 9:24:00 AM I am a plant ecologist (PhD) at Oregon State and have devoted most of my career to studying forest ecology, with emphasis on effects of forest management practices on plants. I mention this simply to establish credentials; I do not speak for OSU. I find it shameful that BLM is considering these radical revisions (WOPR). The BLM manages huge acreages of land in the 40 - 80 year range, from which much timber could be extracted, either on matrix lands or by thinning on other land designations. Most of that acreage needs thinning -- fuel hazards are great, overstocking slows timber growth, and overdense stands are virtual "biological deserts" in terms of habitat provided for other species. Please focus attention on improved management of these stands -- the cut CAN be derived from them. Do not try to whittle away at the essentially irreplaceable remaining old forest. See the following report for a summary of advantages that can be derived from creative thinning in 40 - 80 year old stands: Muir, P.S., R.L. Mattingly, J.C. Tappeiner, J.D. Bailey, W.E. Elliot, J.C. Hager, J.C. Miller, E.B. Peterson. 2002. Managing for Biodiversity in Young Douglas - fir Forests of Western Oregon. USGS Biological Science Report BSR 2002-0006. 90 pages. http://fresc.usgs.gov/products/papers/mang_bio.pdf I will not enumerate problems that I see with the various alternatives (e.g.,lack of green tree retention in two of them and diminished riparian reserves in all [other than "no action" alternative]). But, it is astonishing that BLM is essentially ignoring so many years of research on ecosystem advantages of management practices that would be eliminated under the change alternatives. For example, we know that green tree retention provides both a reservoir and source of inoculum for epiphytes, many of which serve valuable functions from timber production perspectives, such as providing fixed nitrogen. I do not understand the short sighted perspective that drives the proposed changes. If logging is extended into forest areas that are now protected, including old stands, that timber will be gone within a matter of a FEW YEARS. Gone also will be the habitat and ecosystem functions that those forests provided, along with the "living laboratory" that they furnish -- we have much to learn by studing how intact old forests function and maintain high levels of productivity century after century. Please do not further erode the truly small fraction of the original forest legacy that remains in western Oregon for short term economic gains! The pain of considering that one of these revisons might be accepted is worsened by knowing that they really are NOT necessary for getting the cut out -- thin young to medium aged stands, thin creatively (as described in the report that I referenced above), and advantages both economic and ecological will be reaped. Sincerely, Patricia S. Muir, Prof Dept of Botany & Pl Path, OSU Corvallis, OR
WC-349 WID-514 W-78e77082-be19-4b5b-a013-5aa51b5dc490 Draft EIS 10/31/2007 9:30:00 AM My comments regarding the WOPR plan: Southern Oregon is known for its outdoor recreational past-times. The plan to create 13 sites for OVH use would provide recreational opportunities to meet the demand, while enhancing economic and social benefits (tourism) around Jackson County. I support enhancing current available trails and recommend WOPR allow for connector routes where possible to enhance the trail systems. To assist in a successful implementation, involve individual users and user groups in designing trail systems. WOPR could also request local clubs, groups, and interested individuals to assist in monitoring use and in maintaining the trail systems.
WC-350 WID-512 W-138087ea-bf84-42c8-bdb8-9080ab74018e Draft EIS 10/31/2007 9:36:00 AM I think my previous attempt to comment failed. I am a forest ecologist at OSU, who has spent most of my career studying effects of forest management practices on forest ecosystems. I mention this to provide my credentials; I do not speak for OSU. I find it incredible that BLM is proposing such radical changes (WOPR). In so doing, it appears that BLM forgets that it manages vast acreages of 40 - 80 year old timber that is in need of thinning for fuel reduction, improved timber productivity, and enhancement of habitat values. The desired cut could easily be dervied from these lands, whether on matrix or other land designations. See the following report for information on values that could be derived from such thinning: Muir, P.S., R.L. Mattingly, J.C. Tappeiner, J.D. Bailey, W.E. Elliot, J.C. Hager, J.C. Miller, E.B. Peterson. 2002. Managing for Biodiversity in Young Douglas - fir Forests of Western Oregon. USGS Biological Science Report BSR 2002-0006. 90 pages. http://fresc.usgs.gov/products/papers/mang_bio.pdf The proposed alternatives ignore much fine research -- e.g., two call for no green tree retention, while we know that such retention enhances habitat and that retained trees serve as reservoirs and sources of inoculum for epiphytes, many of which provide fixed nitrogen to the system and hence fertilize timber growth. I could go on and on, but the fundamental points are: (1) the desired cut can be achieved without changing land designations and harvesting old forest on non-matrix lands, (2) the proposed alternatives ignore ecological insights dervied over the past decades, and (3) the perspective is incredibly short-sighted. The old timber will be gone within a FEW years; when it is gone, we lose the ecosystem functions and the "living laboratory" that it provides; there is much to learn from such forests about how productivity can be maintained for centuries. Please do not implement these changes -- stick with the No Action Alternative; continue to line up with the USFS as you work together to manage our precious natural resources. Thank you, Patricia Muir, Prof Dept of Botany & Pl Path, OSU Corvallis 97331-2902
WC-351 WID-512 W-0e616586-a906-4f3f-b10f-26869cdd831f Draft EIS 10/31/2007 9:49:00 AM I have tried unsuccessfully to submit comments twice - one more try! I am a plant ecologist at Oregon State who has worked most of my career to understand effects of forest management practices on forest ecosystems. I mention this to provide my credentials; I do not speak for OSU. I am opposed to all three of the alternatives under the WOPR - I support the No Action Alternative. I am astonished that BLM is proposing these changes, given all of the research that argues against them. In addition, the desired cut CAN be obtained easily from the vast acreages of 40 - 80 year old forests that BLM manages. This could be derived from harvest on matrix lands, or by creatively thinning on other land designations. Please see the following report on advantages that can be derived from thinning these stands, which are fuel hazards, overstocked from the timber production perspective, and virtual "biological deserts" from a biodiversity perspective: Muir, P.S., R.L. Mattingly, J.C. Tappeiner, J.D. Bailey, W.E. Elliot, J.C. Hager, J.C. Miller, E.B. Peterson. 2002. Managing for Biodiversity in Young Douglas - fir Forests of Western Oregon. USGS Biological Science Report BSR 2002-0006. 90 pages. http://fresc.usgs.gov/products/papers/mang_bio.pdf I will not elaborate concerns with particulars under each alternative, except to say that the failure to integrate good science into the proposals is sad and puzzling. For example, two call for no green tree retention. We know that retained trees provide habitat, reservoirs and sources of inoculum for epiphytes, many of whom provide the system with fertilizer in the form of fixed nitrogen. Most fundamentally, I oppose Alternatives 1 - 2 because: (1) They aren´t necessary - the cut can be derived from young to medium-aged stands that cover the landscape. (2) They ignore monitoring and research studies that support, as just two examples, green tree retention and generous riparian buffers (3) They are short sighted. The old timber that could be cut under the revisions will be gone in a FEW years of cutting and we´ll be back where we started EXCEPT that it will be gone - taking the legacy, taking the insights we can gain from these "living laboratories" on how productivity can be maintained for centuries - and all for a few years of economic gain (that could be derived from the 40 - 80 year stands instead!!). Thank you, Patricia Muir, Prof. Dept. of Botany & Pl. Path OSU Corvallis 97331-2902
WC-352 WID-512 W-9ec82bb3-c4e8-4066-9eaa-80088c07933b File Upload 10/31/2007 9:52:00 AM

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WC-353 WID-519 W-b2c1426f-3c59-4340-885a-3bf07390e852 Draft EIS 10/31/2007 10:19:00 PM I'm writing today to express my concern over the WOPR. As proposed, it would increase logging of old growth trees to levels that would lead to disastrous habitat degradation. I urge the BLM to embrace the No Action Alternative and to focus on thinning overstocked tree plantations. With so few healthy old-growth stands remaining in Oregon, we can do a better service to our forests and communities by letting them be, and allowing more trees to become ancient giants. Thank you for your consideration.
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WC-355 WID-522 None Interactive Map 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_gen_ans: This area also causes noise pollution to the city of Gold HIll. OHV using the hill can be heard inside my home. I strongly feel that the OHV use should not include the hillside or hill crest near Gold Hill. The noise pollution is significant and OHV use is inappropriate an incompatible with the urban area.
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WC-359 WID-522 None Interactive Map 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_fulltime|tb_gen_ans: Offroad vehicles on this hill cause a significant noise problem to the city of Gold Hill. Inside my house, with all doors and windows closed, I can always hear offroad vehicles that are using the hill in this area. Since this area is so near the city and since the valley is so narrow and sound is transmitted so well in the valley, I strongly feel that this area should not be used of off road vehicles.
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WC-361 WID-523 None Interactive Map 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from undefined: Hydrology %0D I feel that hydrology concerns should be paramount to reduce risks to fish stocks and issue in the era of reduction of cumulative effects to maintain watershed stability and water quality. I feel the least compromising developments of roads and other logging infrastructure should be entertained to safely mitigate fishery concerns and uphold ecological integrity. Climate change is endangering our ability to maintain healthy functioning ecosystems, old-growth forests are essential in this effort as they provide cooler microclimates, healthier watersheds, cooler waters, ecolological diversity of heterogenous structure including snags, fallen trees, large woody debris recruitment, and as they reduce ground tempatures. The diversity of forest types in Oregon will provide natural and evolutionary ecological processes that buffer the effects of deforestation. Timber harvest should be limited to thinnings of less than 40%25 of the canopy where stable infrastructure, i.e. roads,exist and logging can be sustainably and certified for long-term effects. Geological stabilty should be always examined to refrain from nonsenseable logging. Government owned stands of old-growth are in the greater public interest left untouched and have been touted by many of the citizens of the state of Oregon. Where appropriate second and third growth stands should be managed for thinning and forest products within Matrix areas, but should be in accordance with certified accounting and techniques that respect the inherent functioning of improving the stand health of these forests. Inherent tree diversity should be upheld and maintaining records and credibility can uphold our actions as knowledgeable and respectful of on-site conditions and considerations. Seeps, springs,and watersheds need to be protected to maintain their integrity and the water they provide.
WC-362 WID-525 None Interactive Map 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_fulltime|tb_gen_ans: I can't finite your map well enough to know if my pushpin is in the correct spot. Anderson Butte is my neighbor.
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WC-365 WID-523 None Interactive Map 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from undefined: Having surveyed for wildlife species for the Pacific Northwest Forest Plan, I would like to give priorities for the preservation of old-growth forest stands to retain the inherent diversity and stability of forest ecosystems that harbor unique and important species and habitats that create the evolutionary disposition of long-term ecological development. These forests help to stabilize and promote wildlife, fishery, and botanical alliances which have naturally evolved in this area. Specifically their pristine nature offer the natural treasures that naturally compliment the areas they have evolved from. This is an ideal opportunity to document and study the natural integrity of these sites and provide healthy watersheds, forests,wildlife, and botanical species that can be utilized by hunters, fishermen, collectors(native plant species, mushrooms, on a small-scale basis) that can provide conscientious users a myraid of natural, renewable resources. I feel the inherent worth of these places will contribute to the long-term functioning of these awesome forests. I know firsthand the importance of ecological pristine forests and watersheds that can provide the stability of natural functioning ecosystems. The inherent forest and stand diversity of conifers and hardwoods should be maintained. It is so important to maintain these areas to augment ecological relationships between watersheds, landscapes, plants, wildlife, and fisheries that provide a wealth of natural resources. The natural beauty and fecundity of these lands needs to be respected.
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WC-374 WID-533 W-94a6953a-a415-4a09-90ec-9931ab03a852 Draft EIS 11/3/2007 8:47:00 AM I would like to comment on ohv use. I like riding at Johns Peak because of the varying terrain and soil type. Because of the location. My son and I love trail riding and it is a great family activity. I think the Blm should work with the local and state motorcycle clubs to build and maintain trails for ohv use. I think all 13 sites listed in so.Oregon for potenial sites should stay open and be managed. If you just have 1 ohv area you have to many people over using the same trails and the potential for accidents will go up. Just because We ride a dirt bike dosen't mean we don't care about the enviroment or are some kind of criminal. Thank you Jerry Kelly
WC-375 WID-534 W-1b6a50f9-ea34-4fed-8a92-4becd51de485 Draft EIS 11/3/2007 9:49:00 AM I prefer the "no action alternative". It provides the lowest negative impact on the ecology of the forests and re-aligns the Coos land and eco-systems back to their historical essence. The economic figures factored into the alternatives are too narrowly focused, as they seem to only look at forest harvesting. Other factors such as the switch to service based economies and tourism need exploration. These economies will increase as the environmental quality of our area strengthens thru the "no action alternative".
WC-376 WID-507 W-df848e6d-8204-4492-8f47-279fdd2db192 Draft EIS 11/3/2007 9:33:00 PM Cummulative Effects " . . . all environmental effects described in this environmental impact statement have incremental impacts that result in cumulative effects. Therefore, there is not a discreet and separate section labeled as cumulative effects. The discussion of effects on each resource incorporates the context of incremental effects thus revealing the cumulative effects of the action." I disagree with this format of handling cummulative effects. Many resources interact with each other with the effect on one resource effecting another. Cummulative effects needs to address the effects of the proposal in its entirety, not its components. The cummulative effects section needs to be discreet and all inclusive.
WC-377 WID-545 None Interactive Map 11/4/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from undefined: Soda Mountain is were my father taught me all the ways of the outdoors. It has always been my dream, as well as many others to be able to pass on this outdoor heritage to our Children. I am watching that opportunity slip away further and further each year%21 I am certainly all for conservation, howeer we are being locked out of BLM lands and it is just not right%21 There has to be a balance. My Dad is now disabled and unable to access this land with restricted vehicle use. What about the ADA laws%3F Don't lock us out of the Soda Mountain Area%21
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WC-379 WID-550 W-6c46c935-07ce-41f3-a392-9bd5c5f34b9c Draft EIS 11/4/2007 10:57:00 AM When you are calculating the value of cut timber, using Alternatives 1, 2, 3, and the No-action, please consider the value of standing trees in combating carbon dioxide. Standing trees play an important role in combating global warming. Their value should be incorporated into the calculations.
WC-380 WID-550 W-9a9641b5-bc46-414b-b60d-8d3c2e2d80af Draft EIS 11/4/2007 11:01:00 AM We know that we need to harvest timber. Let's do it intelligently, though, and preserve Old Growth as much as possible, and practice tree thinning to generate timber. The Siuslaw National Forest is a good role model.
WC-381 WID-551 W-86839549-43e0-440d-8957-711516ffef0e Draft EIS 11/4/2007 11:19:00 AM I am opposed to any plan that increases the off-road vehicle use on our public lands. As a hiker, this use prohibits my enjoyment of any recreation area as I cannot find peace and quiet, observe animals in a natural state, or get "away" from the hurried pace of life in an area that is used by four-wheelers or snowmobiles.
WC-382 WID-551 W-66af3455-75a0-46c6-bc88-09ac5afc3da8 Draft EIS 11/4/2007 11:22:00 AM Let's cut the grazing allotments. The west is not a viable place to graze cows and our watershed cannot handle the stress that cattle create.
WC-383 WID-551 W-7ead33d4-2f1b-4c6e-bc5e-e02c58837cc4 Draft EIS 11/4/2007 11:23:00 AM Recovery plans for special status animals need to take priority over ALL human uses of our public lands.
WC-384 WID-551 W-a0b0ee0f-3936-46f9-9861-4e3bbbd74b0d Draft EIS 11/4/2007 11:30:00 AM I am opposed to Action alternative two if it adds ten new off-highway vehicle area and additional acreage adjustments. I feel that off-road use should be severely limited and people should be encouraged to enjoy our public lands under their own human power to save fossil fuels, prevent global warming and reverse our trends towards obesity in this country. Please - no new off-road areas! In fact, cut back on existing ones!
WC-385 WID-553 W-de5a878d-a083-4ab5-b2c9-86dbb8ac2f20 Draft EIS 11/4/2007 4:08:00 PM My family and I have lived on this property in Williams, OR since 1974. Our 95 acres is bordered by BLM on two sides. I am very concerned about BLM's preferable alternative for the WOPR Draft EIS. I question your economic analysis of the current demand for lumber and the general economic analysis. The price of timber is low. The demand is low. There is lots of lumber available from Canada. Mills are shutting down. Clearcutting has been a failed strategy in southern Oregon. It is too hot and dry here. There are many failed replanted clearcuts that will prove this. You will not have sustained yield. We need more protection for our riparian areas not fewer. The 1000 miles of new road that is proposed will contribute to further degradation of our creeks and rivers. Your conclusion that increased exposure to fire danger will be the result of Alternative #2 shows that passage of this Alternative will be a direct threat to our homestead. Finally, I believe that the implementation of the NFP and the Clean Water Act would dictate that that the protection of old-growth forests not be reduced. Sincerely, Walter Lindley
WC-386 WID-558 None Interactive Map 11/6/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from undefined: Allowing motorized vehicles on sections 33 and 34 in Josephine County just off Crook's Creek Road would be detremental to property values and the quality of life of residences in that area.
WC-387 WID-569 None Interactive Map 11/6/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Forests: B.L.M. should live up to its motto, "Stewards of the Future," by aborting the W.O.P.R. Leave the ecosystems alone and we will be rewarded in the longterm.
WC-388 WID-562 W-772d4178-64dc-4211-bd99-63d1fe4da40d Draft EIS 11/6/2007 12:25:00 PM Given climate change, the increasing threat from dry and fuel-filled forests, and dwindling virgin habitat, the cutting of vigin timber and late-mature trees is unacceptable. Mature stands are far too valuable as sequesters of carbon, filters of clean water and air, islands of biodiversity, and the last pockets of the wild temperate forests that used to stretch unbroken from southern Alaska to northern California. I understand the bureacracy and limitations the BLM is operating under, but I know many Americans would like to see efforts refocused towards massive fuel reduction and habitat rehabilitation. These efforts could yield significant timber for local communities while reducing fire danger and protecting mature stands and invaluable service they provide standing, not cut. Thank you...
WC-389 WID-561 W-df328b5b-fe70-45be-8aa7-893bca6604b1 Draft EIS 11/6/2007 12:25:00 PM In my opinion, water is the crucial issue in Oregon. I was once a research scientist at Oregon State University and hold fold memories of the national forests there. I say let the forest stand and look at the water yields and the future population growth of Oregon. Much of our lumber is being exported for manufacture elsewhere and the economic benefits to labor seem minimal in this play after harvesting. We need forward looking leadership in the Forest Service and this plan doesn't represent our best thinking in terms of long term benefits. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
WC-390 WID-564 W-a85bdd8f-cd06-4fbd-8140-4f4dec0738ec Draft EIS 11/6/2007 1:29:00 PM Please scrap the WOPR
WC-391 WID-567 W-69836fc2-a7b6-4ce5-abf5-894ffd8b9f49 Draft EIS 11/6/2007 2:59:00 PM Live up to your motto, "Stewards of the Future," by axing the W.O.P.R. I strongly favor the no action alternative choice. These forests are meant to serve future generations, not the current lumber companies.
WC-392 WID-569 W-9068de00-4785-43d1-a8a6-c16f503010cb Draft EIS 11/6/2007 3:53:00 PM As a visitor to the area, I want the BLM to abort any plans to start the W.O.P.R. These ecosystems should remain intact. I am concerned about logging causing wildfires, by opening up the landscape, using combustion equipment, and introducing the possibility for human error in a natural environment. Thank you for your time.
WC-393 WID-576 W-dcaa892b-97bf-47df-a261-baba53a673ea Draft EIS 11/6/2007 8:05:00 PM I oppose the proposed Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR), which would gut the already weak Northwest Forest Plan and expand roadbuilding and clearcutting in our native forests by 700%, while degrading air and drinking water quality, the carbon storage needed to combat global climate change, endangered species, and economy-boosting recreation. Due to a backroom, sweetheart deal with the logging industry, the Bureau of Land Management would sacrifice 2.6 million acres of currently protected public forestlands in western Oregon to the chainsaw and log truck. Please honor the Bureau of Land Management's motto, "Stewards of the Future," by rejecting the WOPR. Preserve these public lands for future generations and non-human species.
WC-394 WID-577 W-bf31d761-8076-499a-b0bd-a126513e15d1 Draft EIS 11/6/2007 10:02:00 PM Please uphold the elements of the Northwest Forest Plan for ecosystem management and protect old-growth and LSRs. These remnant forests serve as protection for wildlife and plant species and cannot be replaced. Forest heterogeneity is the safeguard for maintaining preserving, protecting, and maintaining species diversity, is essential to conserving our natural resources such as clean air and water water,timber resources, food and medicine. Homeland security is more about being self-reliant than wars. We cannot rely on other global resources and they are getting scarcer by the day everywhere..Do not role back the progress that has been made in resource management. The policies of this adminsitration are short-sighted. We need to continue the long-term goals and policies that were put in place as a result of the NWFP.
WC-395 WID-577 None Web Forum Exit 11/6/2007 10:04:00 PM This site serves as a great resource for a forum if the comments are used appropriately to inform policy makers on the public process.
WC-396 WID-584 W-799da51f-a567-4976-999b-da4539002ae2 Draft EIS 11/7/2007 11:46:00 AM I would like to comment on the OHV use and potentiol blm off-highway vehicle sites. I believe site # 8/9 (anderson butte, Johns peak) should remain as ohv use sites. Reasons: 1. Sites have been used for ohv use > than 20 yrs. 2. Trails are already in place at these sites. 3. ohv use at these sites would likely never stop due to location and size which would make patroling difficult so maintaining and working together would likely be a better solution. 4. OHV destruction and enviroment impact is no where close to the clear cutting destruction that has been going on in those areas or land development which is why people would like it closed. 5. We need to stop urban growth into our mountains before we have none for recreation near our cities which is the large attraction for people into this area. 6. Bend Oregon area recreation has found a way to manage there trail system to fit the needs of blm and ohv users.
WC-397 WID-293 None Interactive Map 11/8/2007 12:00:00 AM tb_1_other: OHV Sales|cb_ohv|cb_relax|tb_gen_ans: I am an active OHV user as well as a small business owner that relies on OHV use in and around the Medford District, Lake View District, Roseburg District, Eugene District and others. While my business is located within the Medford City Limits, my ability to remain opened and support my family is directly affected by these surrounding districts. By eliminating any of these areas to OHV users, you will be eliminating my customer base. Many customers come to my store to purchase goods prior to visiting these various OHV emphasis areas. As a business owner, I am hoping that all OHV emphasis areas remain open to the public. This is essential to success of many businesses throughout Oregon.
WC-398 WID-293 None Interactive Map 11/8/2007 12:00:00 AM cb_dirtbiking|cb_mtnbiking|cb_ohv|tb_gen_ans: I would like to recommend that all OHV emphasis areas remain open. In fact, I would advise that more OHV areas are opened considering the increase in OHV sales. By closing OHV areas, you are asking the ever increasing population of OHV users to use smaller and smaller OHV use areas. More users on less land makes no sense to me.
WC-399 WID-606 None Interactive Map 11/8/2007 12:00:00 AM Comment on DEIS excerpt from Land Use Table at pushpin 850: I enjoyed a visit to this area today (November 7th). The no action alternative would preserve the wonderful mushroom variety here much better than Alternative 2.
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