The Governor Opposes This Sale

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On Jan. 16th, 2002 the Oregon Department of Forestry met with the Governor's Office concerning the Children's Forest, i.e., the Siderod Timber Sale. The outcome of that meeting was that the Governor opposes this sale, and that this is the first time that an Oregon Department of Forestry sale has been opposed in this way. This is certainly progress in the right direction, and let's hope that the Oregon Department of Forestry will finally modify this sale and save the giant trees.

On Jan. 17th articles appeared in the Oregonian and on the Associated Press news service. The Oregonian article in part had this to say:

"The 500-acre Siderod timber sale in the Sun Pass State Forest southeast of Crater Lake National Park was the subject of a meeting Wednesday between Kitzhaber's staff and state foresters in Salem. They plan further talks to address concerns that the sale seeks to cut too many large, old trees at the expense of forest health, said Peter Green, the governor's forestry adviser.

If they cannot agree, however, the State Land Board -- made up of the governor, treasurer and secretary of state -- could take the unusual step of halting the project.

The conflict stands out because Kitzhaber largely has supported other Forestry Department logging plans, including a vast new management blueprint for state forests in Northwest Oregon and the Acey Line Thin near Nehalem, which last year became the first state timber sale to draw tree-sitters.

While the governor backs logging of state lands where it maintains healthy forests, he thinks the Siderod timber sale concentrates too heavily on the largest and oldest pines and firs in an area where such colossal trees are not common, Green said."