The Year in Review at the Siskiyou Crest Blog
year for The Siskiyou Crest Blog. Together with Klamath Forest Alliance, we worked tirelessly on many issues all over the
Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, from the fire sculpted landscapes of the Klamath
River to the wild rivers of the Kalmiopsis Wildands and the dry forests of the
Applegate Valley. We want to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments
and look forward to the many environmental struggles that lie ahead in the New
|Leading a public hike through unit 28-22 in the Nedsbar Timber Sale. The unit has been canceled due to public outrage over logging this fire adapted old-growth stand. Many more units must be canceled to make the sale acceptable to local residents and environmentalists in the Applegate Valley.|
Sale/Nedsbar Community Alternative
the Nedsbar Community Monitoring Project, including unit monitoring,
photographic monitoring, tree coring and numerous blog posts, informing
the public and environmental movement of the BLM’s timber sale
in numerous public hikes, field trips and meetings with BLM to positively
influence the Nedsbar Timber Sale.
and led community hikes into controversial Nedsbar Timber Sale units.
in the drafting of the Nedsbar Community Alternative.
all forest restoration prescriptions for the Nedsbar Community
a detailed Powerpoint presentation on the Nedsbar Timber Sale and
Community Alternative for community groups in the Applegate Valley.
detailed public comment during the Scoping Period for the Nedsbar Timber
public support, leading to 7 units dropped from the Nedsbar Timber Sale.
19 separate blog posts on the Nedsbar Timber Sale.
The issue is ongoing with an Environmental Assessment due for publication
in April 2016. Please support our continued efforts.
an in-depth, detailed 26-page public comment for the Westside Fire
Recovery Project Environmental Impact Statement.
field monitoring of proposed post-fire logging units in sensitive
debris flows and severe water quality impacts in fire effected watersheds
proposed for post-fire logging. Submitted this information to the Forest
Service and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
in Klamath National Forest field trips into post-fire logging units.
4 blog posts on the Westside Fire Recovery Project.
A final decision on the Westside Fire Recovery Project is pending. Please
support our continued efforts to stop this massive timber sale.
Adaptive Management Area Projects (AMA)
public discussion regarding timber sale related projects in the Applegate
AMA on Forest Service and BLM land.
public field trips and meetings about timber sale related projects in the
to organize the conservation community’s response to AMA proposals,
advocating for protection of sensitive habitats, scientifically-based
restoration treatments, and other conservation measures.
This project is ongoing, and the agencies are proposing AMA Projects for
planning in 2016.
|The Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is a major focus of OHV monitoring on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.|
Valley OHV Monitoring Project
funded the Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project through a Kickstarter
Campaign supported by 39 local residents. Thanks to everyone who
and submitted detailed OHV Monitoring Reports to both the Rogue
River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Medford District BLM for lands in
the Applegate Valley.
public petitions signed by hundreds of local residents supporting OHV
closure in sensitive areas in the Applegate Valley. Thanks to all of
you who signed on!
meetings with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest regarding OHV
impacts and proposed OHV closures.
6 blog posts on the Applegate Valley OHV Monitoring Project.
It appears that some OHV closures will develop from this ongoing
monitoring effort. Stay tuned for future updates! Please support our
continued engagement in these issues.
River-Siskiyou National Forest Travel Management Plan (TMP)
of public comment and engagement on this issue culminated in a 32-page
Objection Letter submitted to the Forest Service opposing OHV use in
Roadless Areas, Botanical Areas, Back-Country Non-Motorized Areas, and
other important areas in the Siskiyou Mountains.
the Objection meeting in December, advocating for conservation measures
and appropriate OHV closures.
a large blog post exploring wild areas proposed for OHV use on the Rogue
River-Siskiyou National Forest.
A final decision on this project is scheduled for early 2016. The issue is
ongoing and the Siskiyou Crest Blog will be organizing to influence the
updated annual Motor Vehicle Use Map in the years to come.
Fire Monitoring & Suppression Reform:
|The Happy Camp Fire in the Marble Mountains Wilderness Area.|
the Beaver and Happy Camp Fire Reports through the Klamath Forest
Alliance, documenting fire effects and fire suppression impacts sustained
on the Klamath National Forest in 2014. The Beaver and Happy Camp Fire
Reports were published together with the Whites Fire Report, written by
Kimberly Baker of Klamath Forest Alliance.
meetings with the Klamath National Forest regarding fire suppression
funded a Kickstarter campaign to support the Buckskin Fire Report, an
in-depth, on-the-ground monitoring report for the Buckskin Fire of 2015. The Buckskin
Fire burned in the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area in the Siskiyou National
Forest. Thanks to everyone who helped fund this project!
I had limited time for on-the-ground monitoring before winter weather set
in, however, I was able to squeeze in enough time to capture some good
photos of the fire and get a feel for the suppression impacts. Field
monitoring will continue as soon as the snow melts. The project is ongoing
with the publication of the Fire Report scheduled for spring-summer 2016.
Fire Learning Exchange
in the Klamath River TREX Prescribed Fire Exchange, implementing
prescribed fire treatments adjacent to homes on the Klamath and Salmon
Rivers in Northern California.
blog posts to promote prescribed fire and wildland fire use.
Public Land Grazing Reform
|Annual monitoring efforts are focused on the high mountain meadows of the eastern Siskiyou Crest.|
Reform Public Lands Grazing in Northern California
in a five-day backpacking trip across the Siskiyou Crest, monitoring
cattle grazing allotments on both the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
and Klamath National Forest. Monitoring consists of documenting the overutilization
of range resources, impacts to riparian areas, water quality and wildlife
was coordinated by the Campaign to Reform Public Lands Grazing in Northern
Grazing Monitoring Reports to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and
Klamath National Forest.
The project is ongoing. Please support our continued efforts.
Public Land Mining Reform
|Rough and Ready Creek is a stronghold for fisheries in the Illinois River basin, a botanical wonderland, a unique and spectacular wildland, one of the clearest streams you will ever see and the site of a proposed nickel strip mine. Long threatened with large scale strip mining, the area is now proposed for a “mineral withdrawal” which would put a moratorium on the development of new mining claims. The “mineral withdrawal” proposal is strongly supported by many local residents.|
- Provided public
comment to the BLM and US Forest Service regarding Mineral Withdrawal in the
North Fork of the Smith River, Baldface Creek, the West Fork of the Illinois
River, Rough and Ready Creek, Upper Pistol River, and Hunter Creek watersheds.
An official mineral withdrawal would make these lands exempt from new mine
claim development, protecting wildlands, wild fisheries, and water quality.
public meetings and provided public testimony in support of mineral
UPDATE: The project is ongoing. Please support
our continued efforts.
|A public hike with Applegate Neighborhood Network through roadless oak woodland proposed for new road construction in the Nedsbar Timber Sale.|
Neighborhood Network (ANN)
in the formation of a local, conservation-based collaborative advocating
for environmental and ecological concerns in local collaborative forest
management projects in the Applegate Valley. ANN will organize local
conservation-based non-profits and residents to influence public land
management planning and projects within the Applegate River
This project is ongoing. Please support the work of ANN.
the need for strong environmental oversight of the newly developing
cannabis industry in southwestern Oregon.
The Siskiyou Crest Blog is the only environmental voice publicly pushing
for the protection of the southwestern Oregon’s fragile biodiversity as
this budding industry grows.
for pollinator habitat restoration and protections. Increasing awareness
of pollinator issues in the local area, including monarch butterfly
advocacy and habitat restoration.
Siskiyou Crest Blog hopes to continue making a difference in the
Klamath-Siskiyou. We intend to continue our activism, advocacy and public
education in support of tangible conservation victories. At the Siskiyou
Crest Blog we will:
current and newly developing threats to the Klamath-Siskiyou
monitoring public land management planning and projects in the
ways to provide permanent protection for the region’s outstanding biodiversity,
roadless wildlands, wild rivers, and scenic mountain habitats.
hiking, exploring, backpacking and intimately connecting with the place
I’ve called home my entire life.
consider donating to this mostly volunteer work. The Siskiyou Crest Blog, our
investigative reporting and public lands activism, is entirely a community-supported
effort. Keep it wild in 2016!