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Agency Seeks Comments On Salvage Harvest Plans In Holiday Farm Fire Area

Brian Bull

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on plans to log about 910 acres in areas burned by the Holiday Farm Fire last September. 



The BLM says the fire scorched roughly 18,545 acres of land it administers in the McKenzie River area. The agency says it will log burnt and fire damaged trees-- what it terms salvage harvesting. 

Becca Brooke is BLM’s upper Willamette Field Manager in Springfield. She said the agency is required by a federal law called the O & C Act to conduct timber harvests.

“I think that the public should be assured that we take the responsibility to balance commercial timber harvest with environmental responsibility,” Brook said.

Brooke said the project affects about 5% of BLM lands burned. 

Conservation groups, including Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene, say logging would negatively impact the watershed. They would like to see a more extensive environmental analysis. 

More info: 

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2011057/510. Comments will be accepted through May  11, 2021 at: blm_or_no_upw_salvageharvest@blm.gov

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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