Sunday, December 13, 2009

Logging in the Mt St Helens National Monument

Two logging projects currently planned in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest may threaten critical habitat for threatened bull trout. The Wee Burn Thin and the Pepper Cat Thin both have the potential to do harm to tributaries of the Lewis River which currently support bull trout and The Gifford Pinchot Task Force has tried unsuccessfully to appeal the National Forests decision to log the Muddy River and Pine Creek watersheds. The Task Force is concerned that the planned logging authorizes cutting on steep, potentially unstable slopes. Logging in steep areas adjacent to streams channels can cause massive landslides increasing sedimentation in stream habitats which smothers eggs, homogenizes habitat and results in elevated summer stream temperatures. Furthermore the Wee Burn Thin alone would reconstruct 11 miles of road with 13 stream crossings. Road building associated with logging can cause massive slope failures when unmaintained roads in steep areas collect water. Land slides caused by poorly constructed roads were a primary cause of sedimentation and habitat destruction on Deer Creek, a tributary of the NF Stilliguamish.

More information on the Gifford Pinchot Task Force Website:

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