Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oregon Coastal Rivers Threatened by Logging

The 1960s-80s left Coastal Oregon ravaged by destructive logging practices. Populations of wild salmon declined dramatically following massive habitat destruction including siltation, loss of riparian shade, removal of large woody debris and massive debris and mudflows from unstable slopes. Now the Forestry Board is considering repeating the mistakes of the past by weakening protections for critical habitats and logging some of the most important salmon streams on the coast. Once such stream which now faces a long uphill struggle is the Salmonberry. A tributary of the Nehalem River, the Salmonberry has traditionally been one of the most prolific producers of wild steelhead on the North Oregon Coast. Now logging damage in the upper watersheds has caused catastrophic habitat destruction.

Check out this presentation by Ian Fergusson Salmonberry River steward for the Native Fish Society. Some of the photos in the presentation really tell the story of the impact of irresponsible timber harvest.

1 comment:

the nutman said...

great stuff guys ,if you keep posting ,ill keep sharing on my facebook ,that is how it works one angler to the next ,ill tell my friends to post till they are all blue in the face with it ,that is how to get the message out !