Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Polallie Cooper Timber Sale is a very controversial logging project proposed in the Cooper Spur area. I attended a Forest Service Public Meeting addressing the project on Feb. 10. I was very dismayed to learn that some of the proposed cuts will involve 50-70 percent tree removal. Some of the areas slated for cutting have never been logged. These diverse, older forests have large, fire-resistant trees which should not be commercially logged under the guise of “fuel reduction.” Another of many concerns is that potentially damaging, extensive road building will take place in the Crystal Springs Watershed which provides 25 percent of Hood River County’s drinking water.
If you have concerns as I do, you can submit comments on this project through Feb. 24 by writing to District Ranger Janeen Tervo, Hood River Ranger District, 6780 Hwy 35, Mt. Hood/Parkdale OR, 97041 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The death of Justice Scalia is a blunt reminder of what might be the most important outcome from the 2016 election cycle — the future makeup of the Supreme Court. A series of five to four decisions have eroded voter, consumer and worker rights, undermined environmental protections and gutted campaign finance laws. Current battles over climate change, immigration and abortion are more likely to be settled by the Supreme Court than by Congress.
Voters are angered by the unprecedented sums of money flowing into political races. Reversing the corrupting influence of the Citizens United decision will only come with a change in the makeup of the Court.