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E-M:/ ACTION ALERT! HELP STOP THE OLD M-64 HARDWOODS TIMBER SALE!
- Subject: E-M:/ ACTION ALERT! HELP STOP THE OLD M-64 HARDWOODS TIMBER SALE!
- From: Murphwild1@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 16:24:54 EDT
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
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Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com
"U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck said his agency should be at the
forefront of preserving what's left of the nation's pristine countryside and
he recommended increasing the number of Forest Service employees working on
''Five percent of our land area is wilderness. It might not sound like much,
and it isn't. It's not nearly enough,'' Dombeck said Saturday at a national
conference on wilderness. He said federal agencies need more information on
land that could qualify for federal wilderness designation and must do more
to cooperate on its management.--DENVER (AP)
Northwoods Wilderness Recovery
P.O. BOX 122; MARQUETTE, MI 49855-0122
E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com>
HELP STOP THE OLD M-64 HARDWOODS TIMBER SALE!
Northwoods Wilderness Recovery (NWR) and Citizens Public Lands began working
to protect the Trap Hills in 1992. Over the past 8 years, we have been able
to put the Trap Hills on the map as a biological "hot spot" for threatened,
endangered and rare plants and animals.
Comprised of two cutting units, High Country and Sandhill Creek, the Old M-64
Hardwoods timber sale contains one of the largest, unprotected, old-growth
forest tracts left in the Ottawa National Forest. In 1997, NWR, Federal Land
Action Group, and 2 nationally-acclaimed poets, Antler and Jeff Poniewaz,
appealed the Old M-64 Hardwoods timber sale. The National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) provides citizens with the right to challenge Forest
Service decisions through the appeals process.
During the appeal process, the Forest Service (FS) received over 40 letters
from individuals and organizations across the US calling for protection of
the Trap Hills. The Forest Service disregarded all the public input and
denied our appeal. In 1998 and 1999, we conducted two more letter-writing
campaigns to the Ottawa National Forest supervisor and federal legislators
asking that the sale be withdrawn and the Trap Hills be included in the
roadless area road-building moratorium.
Due to this public support generated by NWR, the Forest Service made an
announcement in February, 1998, that the sale was "put on hold." However,
the FS has another idea of what "on hold" means, and has laid out roads and
marked over 1000 acres of trees for cutting.
"Public concern has the Forest Service reconsidering a timber sale in the
Ottawa National Forest in Ontonagon County, northeast of Bergland," wrote
Mike Rhea at the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette, MI. "Reconsideration" is
merely a new spin of inaccuracies and deception by the federal government as
to why they must log the Trap Hills to save it. The government claims they
must log so that, "the area can be moved more readily to the future."
Evidently, the Forest Service can speed up time through logging!
"Perhaps the area, if left alone, could return to the future state
envisioned, but with effective and considerate management efforts, the area
can be moved more readily to the future in a healthy and sustained manner"
--Forest Service on Trap Hills.
Trap Hills provide habitat for a number of Threatened, Endangered,sensitive
and rare plants and animals including Peregrine Falcon, Northern Goshawk,
Red-shouldered Hawk, Wood Turtle, Fairy Bells, Braun's Holly Fern, Male Fern
and Prairie Buttercup. Trap Hills lies in a north-south travel corridor from
the Porcupine Mountains to Sylvania Wilderness, and contains suitable habitat
for Endangered Canada Lynx, Eastern Timber Wolf and other species.
The Old M-64 sale area was the first site in the Ottawa where the Endangered
Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri) was discovered and second location for this
plant in the state. Dozens of sitings of Northern Goshawk and Red-shouldered
Hawk have occurred here. Trap Hills was also a release site for the
Endangered Peregrine Falcon, which began in 1988 and continued until 1990.
Peregrines have returned each year and have successfully nested three times
In 1995, the FS and Michigan National Guard colluded to break federal law, by
not doing proper environmental assessments for road construction into the
heart of Trap Hills. The FS replaced the wooden footbridge over Sand Hill
Creek with an industrial-strength culvert. This culvert was constructed
under the guise of "recreation improvement," but in reality was built to log
the Trap Hills. It also provides illegal access for ATV's in a semi-primitive
non-motorized area. There was no environmental analysis done to measure the
cumulative impacts of this road construction and its future use.
Providing low-impact recreation, research opportunities and habitat for
Threatened and Endangered Species, is the best alternative for Trap Hills.
This is why we are urging Trap Hills be designated as Wilderness. NWR will
be working in the next several months to craft a Wilderness proposal. In
your letters to the FS and Congressman Kildee, ask for permanent protection
for Trap Hills under wilderness designation. Please also contact NWR if you,
your group or business would like to sign on as supporters of wilderness
designation for Trap Hills.
Please send your letters and comments urging permanent protection of Trap
Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck
201 14th Street SW, Room 4 NW
Washington, DC 20250
Phyllis Green, Forest Supervisor
Ottawa National Forest
E6248 US 2
Ironwood, MI 49938
Please cc: all letters, calls and emails to your congress person. Also cc:
your message to Congressman Kildee at the address below or by E-mail at
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com> (Kildee's DC
To find the address (snail & email) of your Congressperson on the internet go
to: http://www.vote-smart.org/index.phtml and click on "Congress" under the
"Offices" category. Then click on the state for all information for
US House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Washington, D.C. 20510
For more information and to get more involved, please contact us! To visit
the Ottawa NF web site to see what they have to say about Trap Hills, go to
<http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa/> and click on Trap Hills.
DIRECTIONS: From Bergland, go north on (new) M-64 2 miles. Turn right on
"Old M-64" (gravel road). Go 4 miles east and then north to FR 326 and turn
right (east). The North Country Trail (NCT) crosses 326 about 1/2 mile in.
At the end of 326 is a poorly marked trail that goes to the Gogebic Ridge and
reconnects with NCT. About 1 mile south of FR 326 there is a trail head for
the Gogebic Ridge Trail. Also, a NCT trail head is found 1/2 mile north of
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