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Goose Logging Project Up For Public Comment

Cascadia Wildlands

The Forest Service is looking for public comment on a nearly 25-hundred acre logging proposal in the Willamette National Forest near McKenzie Bridge. The Goose Project has already been blocked by a federal judge.

Conservation Groups Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands sued two years ago over the Goose Project, saying the forest service didn't do enough analysis of how logging would impact wildlife, including threatened northern spotted owls. Cascadia Wildlands' Nick Cady says there was huge public outcry at the scale of the project:

Cady: "It targeted older forests, it involved regeneration harvest, clear-cut logging, and impacted heavily riparian areas, areas that contribute to water quality and fish species."

In 2013, Federal Judge Ann Aiken ordered the Forest Service to do an Environmental Impact Analysis on the Goose Project. The draft EIS has been released. Terry Baker with the Willamette National Forest says there were some changes made, including a reduction in acreage. He encourages people to come to two public meetings on the Goose Project this week.

The public meetings are Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 at Leaburg Fire Hall and Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 at Upper McKenzie Community Center.

Comments can also be made at the Forest Service Website

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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