North Fork Nooksack threatened

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing logging along the North Fork Nooksack River and its tributaries just off the Mount Baker Scenic Byway at a scale not seen since last century.

The Trump administration may be in its waning months, but it’s pulling out all the stops to maximize extraction of natural resources on our public lands while it still can. The details of this proposal read like something from the bad old days of National Forest logging: up to 1881 acres subject to clearcutting and another 1798 acres to be commercially (and unnaturally) thinned.

The Forest Service is required to consider public input before arriving at a final decision. This is the first of two opportunities to speak out, and your voice is desperately needed to slow this train down and contain the damage. Comments must be submitted before the end of June in order to be officially considered.

Folks, this is the big one that we’ve worried about for years! Your comments can be submitted here (see points below). And you can familiarize yourself further with this deeply troubling proposal on the Forest Service’s web site.  It threatens to turn our green backyard in the shadow of Mount Baker into a pulp farm for Trump’s business cronies in the timber industry for years to come.

Please state in your own words how this part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is important to you, and include the following talking points:

– Due to the huge scale of proposed logging in this proposal, its radical departure from previous Forest Service management direction, its controversial nature, and negative impacts on local communities, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must first be completed.

– The Forest Service must fully weigh the importance of this National Forest for reducing the existential dangers of climate change to both our regional ecosystems and human communities. Logging these forests defeats their carbon sequestration potential for decades to come.

– In the face of extensive and ongoing clearcutting operations on private and state timberlands nearby, the Forest Service must prioritize allowing our National Forest to mature naturally for carbon capture, clean water, sensitive wildlife habitat, and compatible recreation.

– The Forest Service must not construct new logging roads, including so-called “temporary” roads, which act as vectors for invasive weeds and human-caused abuses (including fires), while fragmenting habitat. Instead, the Forest Service should permanently close unneeded decaying roads.

Thanks many times over for your willingness to speak truth to power and help protect our irreplaceable forests and streams.