We received an email on the morning of 8/12 from a concerned mountain biker who sent us the photo below:
This person asked us, “I thought the trees with red lines were supposed to be left standing.” We thought the same thing, so contacted the Hood River County Forest Manager for an answer. Here it is:
Standing Trees: I left more trees in the RMA on purpose, knowing a few of them would need to be cut for yarding corridors. So there will be some red band trees cut. But the net result should be about 3 times as much volume retained than required. In addition, the RMA averages about 60’ rather than the 50′ required by law. More in some areas, less in others.
Down Trees: There were a few down trees that were marked with red bands originally that were across the creek. That part of the prescription changed since Fish & Wildlife wanted every tree across the creek left. When feasible, trees across the stream will be bucked outside the channel to leave a segment spanning the channel. Some trees spanning the channel will be left because they are too dangerous to buck where they lie.
So there will be trees with red bands cut, although most of them will be retained.
Hopefully that answers the question about the trees with red bands. We were confused too!
In addition, we’d like to ask that everyone refrain from entering the area in between the closure signs on Seven Streams. We understand that people want to check on the progress, but for your safety and the loggers’ ability to work, we ask that you avoid the logging area. Thank you!