Holiday Farm Fire Salvage Logging Proposal Gets Mostly Critical Comments

May 25, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up their comment period on a proposal to log 910 acres affected by the Holiday Farm Fire last year. The agency expects to put out a decision by the end of this month.

BLM says about 18,000 acres of its land was affected by the Holiday Farm Fire sparked on Labor Day of 2020.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Becca Brooke with the BLM said they received about 200 comments on the plan.

“If we decide to proceed, we’ll probably be able to offer salvage sales for auction in July,” Brooke said. “So, the earliest that the public could anticipate seeing salvage on BLM lands here is early August.”

Brooke said only 30% of public comments are in support of the proposal, while the majority ask for a more rigorous environmental review. Conservation groups have voiced concern over potential harm to wildlife habitat and the McKenzie River.

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