Group slings mud to protest Mt. Hood logging

Group slings mud to protest Mt. Hood logging

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 8:10 PM

SANDY, Ore. -- A watchdog group was slinging mud in protest of a timber sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The group ‘Bark’ held a rally in front of the Mt. Hood National Forest headquarters in Sandy to protest the recently approved 1,500-acre Jazz timber sale.

They used a kiddie pool full of mud to help make their point.

That's because that's what they say logging in the area will do to the Collawash River below --turn it into a muddy mess.

A major tributary to the Clackamas, the Collawash is home to a lot of juvenile salmon.

“This is critical habitat for juvenile salmon, especially the winter Coho that use this area and sediment in streams would be extreme,” said Michael Krochta, forest watch coordinator with Bark.

Laura Pramuk with Mt. Hood National Forest said the Collawash River will not be negatively impacted by the timber sale.

“Our geologists, hydrologists, biologists and our soil scientists have reviewed the project thoroughly and there should not be any negative impacts to the streams and the rivers ,” said Pramuk.

The Forest Service says it's selling the timber in the area in order to thin out the forest and return it to its more natural state.

It said after logging in the‘50s, the area was replanted and is now too dense.

Bark disagrees. The group announced it will appeal the court's decision that allowed the logging in the first place.

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