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[cdt-l] Timber sale on the CDT

A good portion of the CDT burned from just south of
west pintler peak to lost trail pass. The CDT
generally follows the divide in this area.  The divide
here also makes up the boundry of the Anaconda-Pintler
wilderness & the Bitterroot NF.  I believe the
Anaconda-Pintler is under the jurisdiction of the
Beaverhead NF, but the trail is right on the boundry
in the burn area.

I don't know where the "salvage" would be done, but
theoretically, it could be right up to (and in places,
over) the CDT.  When I passed through the Mt. Zirkel
Wilderness this summer, they were doing a salvage
operation with helicopters... I'm not sure if it was
technically "in" the Wilderness area or not, but it
was at least right on the border of it.  They had
closed a number of trails in that area due to the
danger.  Those trees had fallen from a giant wind
storm a few years back.

I hiked through ~20-30 miles of burn in the south
Anaconda-Pintler (and beyond).  I found it striking
and beautiful.  It's a pity that some people only see
the monetary value of land.  There ARE other values
more important than money (MOST values, I'd argue). 
Does anyone know if there is somewhere we can write or
call to delay, minimize or prevent this activity? (I
have to re-read the original article)


PS: just got back to Chicago... finally able to look
at my maps, notes, etc.

--- Ron Martino <yumitori@montana.com> wrote:
> > I saw this story in the New York Times and was
> wondering how much it's going
> > to affect my hiking experience next year.  Not
> that I'm a fan of walking
> > through miles of scorched earth and deadfall, I'm
> sure I do not like the idea
> > of skiddahs and chainsaws disturbing my wilderness
> experience.
> > 
> > Anyone here know if the sale and salvage of timber
> is on or near the CDT,
> > and/or if protection of the trail and safety of
> hikers in this area is being
> > considered by the FS?  When would something like
> this take place?
> > 
> > Thanks for any insight,
> > 
> > Sly
> 	Let's see, in the order you ask -
> 	I don't believe any sections of the trail in the
> Bitterroot Forest
> happened to burn, but I really can't say for sure. I
> haven't hiked
> through the area since the fires, just drove through
> it. Maybe I'll get
> a chance next month.
> 	I do not have any faith whatsoever in the BNF
> managers protecting
> hikers. Even though recreation, specifically hiking,
> backpacking, trail
> riding and such, are important activities in the
> Bitterroots, my
> experiences with the Forest's managers suggest that
> they are old guard
> resource extraction supporters. Their whole effort
> to deal with the
> aftermath of the fires simply confirms this
> impression.
> 	The cutting may start immediately (they want to do
> a lot of it during
> the winter, to (they hope) minimize the impact), but
> what the action by
> the Under Secretary has done is simply pushed the
> whole matter into the
> courts. By signing he has eliminated the ability for
> the public to
> examine the proposal and request changes (the
> appeals process), which
> means the courts are the only avenue available to
> challenge the plan.
> Further, by sidestepping the appeals, the
> environmental groups have had
> their positions strengthened - the Forest can not
> argue that the suits
> are frivolous and deal with matters already
> addressed, since there's
> been no opportunity to do so. I expect the cutting
> to be stopped by the
> courts until this is settled, which means it'll be
> quite awhile.
> 	Ron
> -- 
> yumitori(AT)montana(DOT)com
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