|A stand of mature, fire-resistant forest proposed for group selection logging in the Bear Grub Timber Sale. Nearly every tree in this photographs is proposed for removal in a group selection "opening."|
This report demonstrates that since 2016 roughly two-thirds of the acres approved for commercial logging by the Medford District BLM can be expected to increase fire hazards for at least 20 years. This can include group selection logging, regeneration logging and even commercial thinning that compromises canopy conditions.
By removing large, fire resistant trees and replacing them with dense, young vegetation, fire hazards will increase and forest resilience will decrease in many areas subjected to BLM logging treatments. Unfortunately, if implemented, the currently approved and proposed timber sales on the Medford District BLM will increase fire hazards across Southwestern Oregon, threatening many rural homes with increased fire risks.
Our analysis includes the following Medford District BLM Timber Sales:
- Clean Slate Timber Sale outside Selma, Oregon
- Oh Windy Timber Sale and Blown Fortune Timber Sale in the watersheds of both Cow Creek and the Rogue River
- Griffin Halfmoon Timber Sale near Howard Prairie in the Greensprings
- Bear Grub Timber Sale in the mountains between Ruch in the Applegate Valley and Talent, in the Rogue Valley.
After reading our report please reach out to your public officials and demand that the Bear Grub Timber Sale be canceled. Ask that group selection logging, regeneration logging and heavy commercial thinning that both compromises forest canopy conditions and increases fire hazards be discontinued on public lands. These logging methods are inconsistent with the BLM's 2016 Resource Management Plan for Southwestern Oregon, which directs the agency to reduce fire hazards and increase forest resilience in both the harvest land base and in conservation reserves.
Elizabeth Burghard, Medford District BLM, District Manager:
Malcolm McGeary, Natural Resource Director for Senator Wyden:
Amy Amrhein, Southwestern Oregon Staff for Senator Merkley