The Otter-Wing and Mackay Day Timber Sales Smash Into the Greater
one more new road" in roadless National Forests! That is
supposedly the temporary policy of the US Forest Service. However,
the loopholes in this policy are so big, logging trucks can drive
through them. Thus, the Forest Service still plans to road and
log critical wildlife habitat in the largest roadless area in
the lower 48 states - central Idaho.
and Mackay Day are two heinous timber sales planned in the same
roadless area that contains Cove/Mallard, the heart of the Big
Wild. We won't let these sales be logged without a fight.
Despite the Clinton administration's 18 month road building moratorium
on national forest roadless areas, roads continue to be blazed
through the last Big Wild in central Idaho.
many roadless sales, both Otter-Wing and Mackay Day are exempt
from 18-month moratorium because the sales were sold prior to
the moratorium (although they fit all of the other criteria ).
Creek-Twenty mile Area (WCTA) is a 52,003 acre area located 15
miles southeast of Grangeville, ID. In 1978, during wilderness
negotiations, conservationists short-sightedly agreed that the
WCTA was a suitable timber base and offered it as a sacrificial
lamb in return for wilderness designation and protection of
the Gospel Hump. The 1989 Environmental Impast Statement (EIS)
proposes building over 48 miles of roads and logging 52 million
board-feet of timber over 2425 acres. The EIS is hopelessly out
of date. Since 1989, steelhead, chinook salmon, and bull trout
have been listed under the Endangered Species Act. Lynx will
be proposed for listing by June 1998, Endangered gray wolves
have been introduced into the area. ALL FIVE of these species
are present in the sale areas or have habitat nearby which will
be affected by the sales!
is the The Wing Creek-Twenty mile Area so important?
The WCTA is north and adjacent
to the Gospel Hump wilderness area. It harbors nearly all of
the same species as Cove/Mallard - bull trout, chinook salmon,
steelhead, west slope cutthroat trout, fisher, marten, wolverine,
gray wolf, bald and golden eagles, boreal and flamulated owls,
northern goshawk, winter wren, lynx and mountain goats!
the proposed grizzly bear reintroduction plan is implemented,
then the Greater Salmon-Selway Ecosystem (GSSE) will be the only
fully intact ecosystem (with all original species) left in the
lower 48 states. Fragmenting this ecosystem is a tragedy beyond
WCTA borders the South Fork of the Clearwater River, where bull
trout, steelhead, and salmon are found. Its tributaries, Tenmile
Creek and John's Creek (eligible for protection under the Wild
and Scenic Rivers Act) are critical bull trout and steelhead
habitat. WingCreek contains pure strains of westslope cutthroat
trout, and Twentymile and Otter Creeks contain critical fish
habitat and spawning beds.
protest new Roads?
Roads destroy wilderness. Roads facilitate resource development.
They obliterate habitat (about five acres per mile of logging
road). They fragment habitat and create artificial edges, eliminating
wilderness-dependent and forest interior species. They create
erosion and mass slope failures that clog streams. They facilitate
air and noise pollution. Road dust covers plants, reducing photosynthesis.
Road cuts disrupt ground water flow patterns. Road-cuts are road
shoulders are avenues for noxious weed invasions. Precipitation
evaporates from road pavement instead of percolating into the
ground. Roads provide access for slob hunters, poachers, off-road
vehicles, and litterbugs. In short, in most situations wildness
and roads are mutually exclusive. There will always be plenty
of roads; there may never be enough wilderness, - Big Wild Action
Report - October 1997.
You Can Help Defend the Big Wild:
Come to the Cove/Mallard basecamp and
the Otter-Wing/Mackay Day satellite camp this summer! Learn about
the ecology, background, and politics of the roadless areas in
the Greater Salmon-Selway Ecosystem GSSE and join the struggle
to save the largest piece of wild forest we have left! Raging
rivers, ancient old growth stands, mountain goats, campfires,
free wood, a supportive community of activists, and defense of
this remarkable place: what else do you need to make this summer
the word! Tell your friends and relatives about the Big Wild!
Contact the Cove/Mallard Coalition office for a video and written
information, and organize an event in your area to present the
video and information.
to Coy Jemmet and ask him to immediately buy back sales.
Coy Jemmet, Forest Supervisor
Supervisor's Office, Rte 2, Box 475
Grangeville, ID 83530
to Mike Dombeck and ask him to call off all roadless area timber
Mike Domeck, USFS Chief
POB 96090, Washington, DC 20090
to your Representative and Senators!
Ask them to sponsor and vote for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem
Protection Act, the National Forest Protection and Restoration
Act, and the Bill to Save America's Forests.
______, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515.
Senator ______, US Senate, Washington DC 20510.
defend the Greater Salmon-Selway Ecosystem - 'the Last Big Wild',
by coming to Idaho to protect the Otter-Wing and Mackay Day timber
Cove/Mallard Coalition continues its six year battle to save
wildlands in the GSSE and is fully committed to non-violent,
direct defense of the WCTA roadless area in the summer of 1998.
Cove/Mallard basecamp will serve as a training center for stream
sediment surveying, timber sale monitoring, non-violent workshops,
climbing courses, navigation and wilderness skills, and the history
and future of forest defense in Idaho.
of Peace will provide a communal kitchen for all passionate souls
committed to forest defense/support.
more information and directions, please contact:
The Cove/Mallard Coalition
POB 8968, Moscow Idaho 83843
tel: (208) 882-9755
(directions to the Big Wild at Cove/Mallard can be found
Native Forest Network
POB 8251, Missoula, Montana 57807
tel: (406) 542-7343
Northern Rockies Preservation Project
Big Wild needs your support and your enthusiasm.
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