Could Impact Environment
Photo at right: Rafting on the Rogue River. Photo by Sandra Kennedy
Environmentalists are upset by a proposed timber sale on the doorstep of Crater Lake National Park and near the headwaters of the Rogue River in Oregon. If approved, the sale would generate 45 million board feet of timber from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Prospect and Crater Lake National Park.
The current forest supervisor asserts the logging project would help the overall health of the forest and reduce wildfire danger, in addition to providing the state with valuable resources. Environment Oregon, an environmental group, says the clear-cut will pollute the Rogue, as well as damage a fragile ecosystem and adversely affect wildlife such as Roosevelt elk, black bears, eagles and salmon. The comment period is open until Feb. 28, for citizens to weigh in on this sale.