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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Listen to Tribal Leaders, Stop the Logging

An action alert from EPIC!

Action Needed by December 26, 2009

The Six Rivers National Forest has broken the public trust by allowing reckless logging in areas considered sacred sites by the Karuk Tribe. These actions may undermine sensitive collaboration opportunities in the region, if something isn't done quickly.

Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Tryone Kelley spent three years working with the Orleans community, tribal leaders, and local environmental organizations, to develop a fuels reduction plan that everyone could live with.

According to the Environmental Impact Statement, the goal of the Orleans Fuels Reduction Plan, or OCFR, is to manage forest stands to reduce fuels accumulation and improve forest health around the community of Orleans, while enhancing cultural values associated with the Panamnik World Renewal Ceremonial District.

Logging crews are not following the plan, and Six Rivers District Supervisor Tyrone Kelley continues to allow them to work.

Workers have been instructed to use heavy equipment in culturally sensitive areas, remove large diameter trees, and harvest hardwoods that were supposed to be maintained for forest health.

Take action now!
Write Tyrone Kelley's supervisor, Randy Moore and ask that they:

1. Stop work now! Until the community and Tribe's concerns are fully addressed, this project should not go forward.

2. Do what they said they would do! The project outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision look very different than the logging happening right now.

3. Work with the local community, to determine a monitoring and implementation plan.

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