I have major concerns about the Short Start harvest plan in the Oceanside watershed set to begin in June. SLIDO maps for this area are mostly red, indicating an active slide area, or orange, indicating an area highly likely to slide thus endangering fish-bearing streams.; ODFW lists this area as home to native trout; and Short Creek flows into a Federally-designated protected wildlife area! The spraying which follows cuts such as this kills not only plants that compete with the lumber company’s monoculture tree farms,, but endanger or kill wildlife and humans.
Clear cuts such as the one proposed in Oceanside destroy the biodiversity of forests. The climate crisis we are experiencing should remind us all that the forests of the Pacific Northwest are the most important carbon collectors on the planet
With the high likelihood of slides in the area, the damage to the Oceanside watershed, and the danger of turbidity from rains and run-off from it is cut, how can ODFW allow this to proceed? As seen in the Jetty Creek watershed destruction in Rockaway, logging is a dangerous and costly activity to local communities.