Ancient Forests Threatened
The Glassups, Knob and Meteor Timber Sales cover over 1,300 acres on 15 tributaries on both forks of the Salmon River. Together these sales would take over 20 million board feet (4000 log trucks) from some of the last remaining low-elevation ancient forests in the watershed. The Salmon River watershed has been devastated by post-fire salvage logging. Much of what remains is now slated for extraction under a smokescreen of fire risk reduction.
†††††The Knob timber sale is more likely to increase fire risks than to reduce them. Meteor has units in creek buffers. Both sales include over 60 acres of clearcuts, units in the Wild and Scenic River Corridor and in Critical Habitat for the threatened Northern spotted owl. Glassups has recently been logged; conservation groupsí challenge to the Knob sale is pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Forest Service will announce its decision to cut the proposed Meteor sale late in summer 2004.