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Community involvement has helped ease timber sales.



Byline: The Register-Guard

When the U.S. Forest Service's Cottage Grove Cottage Grove, village (1990 pop. 22,935), Washington co., SE Minn., near the St. Croix River; inc. 1965. There is farming (cattle, sheep, corn, and soybeans) and manufacturing (chemicals and machinery).  Ranger Ranger

Any of a series of unmanned probes launched from 1961 to 1965 by NASA. The project was NASA's earliest attempt to explore the Moon's surface. Ranger 4 (1962) became the first U.S. spacecraft to hit the Moon, crash-landing on its surface as planned.
 District proposed to log 15 million board feet in a 1,200-acre area on the Umpqua National Forest Umpqua National Forest, in southern Oregon's Cascade mountains, covers an area of one-million acres (4,000 kmĀ²), and borders Crater Lake National Park. External links
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 this year, a funny thing happened.

Nobody protested. Nobody appealed.

Umpqua foresters are in the process of marking the boundaries of the Curran Junetta timber sale and anticipate offering it this winter or early spring, said Deborah Schmidt, Cottage Grove district ranger.

A field trip in January - a tour of the area that drew community members, environmentalists and a representative from the timber industry - may be the reason for a less contentious process.

The field trip allowed people a first-hand look at what the Forest Service planned: a commercial thinning project in a stand of 50- to 60-year-old trees. Thinning in a crowded single-age plantation Plantation, city (1990 pop. 66,692), Broward co., SE Fla., a residential suburb of Fort Lauderdale; inc. 1953. The city has grown rapidly along with the development of S Florida.  creates healthier growing conditions for the trees that remain, Schmidt said.

Community members expressed their concern about the potential impact of another logging road in what also happened to be their municipal watershed watershed, elevation or divide separating the catchment area, or drainage basin, of one river system or group of river systems from another system or group of systems. The term is also often used synonymously with drainage basin. , so Forest Service planners developed an alternative that would use existing roads, Schmidt said.

"We end up with a better decision when we do involve those interested parties," she said.

These "kicking dirt in the field" outings do help avoid conflicts, said Josh JOSH Joshua
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 Laughlin, conservation director at Cascadia Wildlands Project.

It gives his organization the opportunity to emphasize thinning projects with the people making the decisions about where and what to cut.

"One of our bottom lines is to permanently protect older forests in the region," he said.

But timber industry activists don't see the consultations as a big deal. The National Environmental Protection Act requires a public comment process, said Jacob Jacob (jā`kəb), in the Bible, ancestor of the Hebrews, the younger of Isaac and Rebecca's twin sons; the older was Esau. In exchange for a bowl of lentil soup, Jacob obtained Esau's birthright and, with his mother's help, received the blessing  Groves, a biologist who works for the American Forest Resources Council. Groves walks all the proposed sales and would do it whether environmentalists were there or not, he said.

"It's maybe a different way of getting public involvement. Whether or not that will lead to less litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
, who knows?" he said.

When it comes to less litigation, old growth advocates point to the Siuslaw National Forest in the Coast Range, where a citizen advisory panel has had an impact. It's been years since a Siuslaw logging sale has been appealed, Laughlin said.

But the lack of conflict on the Siuslaw may have as much to do with nature as with community cooperation, said Siuslaw spokeswoman Joni Quarnstrom.

Because the Coast Range gets so much rain the trees there grow bigger faster than anywhere else in Oregon.

The Northwest Forest Plan set aside 85 percent of the Siuslaw for owls, but most of the forest had been harvested in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, she said. Because regrowth Re`growth´   

n. 1. The act of regrowing; a second or new growth.
The regrowth of limbs which had been cut off.
- A. B. Buckley.
 has been so fast, those trees are sufficiently big for thinning now, Quarnstrom said.

"Our thinning program is what has kept things less controversial for us," she said.

"And because we've built that trust, we've just been able to have a lot of creativity on this forest and we're not bound up in litigation."

- Susan Palmer
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