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E-M:/ Letter to Al Gore/Roadless Areas/TWS

Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com

>From The Wilderness Society-- America's Forest Heritage at Risk Report

Ottawa National Forest
Trap Hills Roadless Area
Threat: Old M-64 Hardwoods Timber Sale

The 4,400 acre Trap Hills Roadless Area was designated a non-motorized, semi-
primitive area in the 1986 Ottawa National Forest Plan. The area is in the
heart of a larger wildlands complex which includes the Cascade Falls and
Norwich Plains semi-primitive areas, Ontonagon Wild and Scenic Ricer corridor,
and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The roadless area and
surrounding wildlands complex provides habitat for a number of threatened
plants and animal, including peregrine falcon, northern goshawk, red-
shouldered hawk, wood turtle , fair y bells, Braun's holly fern, male fern and
prairie buttercup. The Trap Hills was the first release site for the peregrine
falcon in the upper Midwest. Peregrines have successfully nested in the area
three times since 1990. The North Country Trail and the Gogebic Ridge Trail
traverse the unique Trap Hills.

The Old M-64 Hardwoods Timber Sale threatens the largest unprotected, old-
growth forest tract left in the Ottawa. While much of the landscape was logged
at the turn of the century, over 100 acres virgin forest remain. Most of the
second-growth in the sale is approaching the structure and function of old-
growth, and along with the unlogged stands, represents a larger core of rare
species habitat.

Continued logging and road building in the Trap Hills will sorely compromise
the biological integrity of the area. Preservation of the Trap Hills will
provide opportunities fro alternative management, including recreation and
scientific study, which fosters the diversification of local economies.

Michigan contacts: Doug Cornett at drcornet@up.net or Murray Dailey at

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