|The Miller Complex burning in the Middle Fork of the Applegate River Watershed in August 2017.|
|The Miller Complex Fire naturally extinguished itself on the southern face of the Siskiyou Crest near Slaughterhouse Flat and Johnson's Dairy. (Photo taken one month after the fire.)|
Predictably, the Klamath National Forest responded with a large post-fire, clearcut logging project called the Seiad Horse Project. This project proposed 1,269 acres of clearcut logging in some of the most important habitat on the Siskiyou Crest for both connectivity and biodiversity.
The timber sale project proposed logging large swaths of old, fire effected forest near Cook and Green Pass. Cook and Green Pass is at the geographic center of the Siskiyou Crest and is famous for its botanical diversity. The area is surrounded by numerous designated Botanical Areas. It is also traversed by the Pacific Crest Trail and near the beautiful Red Buttes Wilderness Area. The units proposed for logging are directly below the Siskiyou Crest and in uninventoried roadless areas directly adjacent to the Condrey Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area and Kangaroo Inventoried Roadless Area. The Klamath National Forest also proposed roadside hazard logging on an old mine road (Bee Camp Road) located within the Kangaroo Inventoried Roadless Area near Cook and Green Butte.
Although KFA has opposed this project since day one and we have tirelessly campaigned to cancel the sale, unfortunately, the project was promptly approved by Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham. The agency broke the project into three large timber sales: the Pitchfork Timber Sale, the Low Gap Timber Sale and the Copper Timber Sale. KFA filed Administrative Objections, but could not resolve our objections through the Administrative Process.
After exhausting administrative remedies, we filed litigation against the project with EPIC, KS Wild and the Western Environmental Law Center. Unfortunately, the Low Gap Timber Sale was auctioned and sold before we could get our day in court. It is now mostly logged off. The Copper Timber Sale and the Pitchfork Timber Sale have sold, but had not yet been logged.
Recently, we went to the California District Court seeking a Temporary Injunction to stop the logging while our court case precedes. Our injunction was authorized, enjoining the Copper Timber Sale and the roadside "hazard" logging units in the Kangaroo Roadless Area and within 50' of the PCT.
Judge Troy L. Nunley authorized the Temporary Injunction, forcing the Klamath National Forest to postpone all logging until our case is heard on its merits. Currently, we have not permanently canceled the Copper Timber Sale, but we have won a temporary reprieve.
|The vigorous vegetative response would be heavily impacted by post-fire logging. (Photo taken fall 2018.)|
Currently the high elevation forests of the Siskiyou Crest and the Copper Timber Sale are safe and we hope to secure this as a permanent victory. Please consider making a donation to the Klamath Forest Alliance. We need your help to keep the Klamath-Siskiyou Wild!
|A portion of the Copper Timber Sale enjoined by the recent temporary injunction. KFA and our conservation allies hope to turn this into a permanent victory! (Photo taken one month after the fire.)|