Large and older legacy trees are entire ecosystems in themselves. Large trees play a critical ecological role, offering niche habitats for wildlife, and storing large amounts of carbon. Micro-habitat diversity has been demonstrated to increase with increasing tree diameter. Bark structures such as bark pockets, bark pockets with decay, and bowls in the bark can support a diverse array of fungi, lichens, and invertebrates.
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Let DNR know that you are opposed to the logging of this irreplaceable legacy forest.
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Dear Mr. Sargent,
I am writing to urge you to cancel the Sprinter timber sale. This sale would result in the logging of some of the last remaining acres of un-planted, structurally complex lowland forest near Olympia. Parts of this sale contain legacy trees that are over four feet in diameter and close to 200 feet tall.
We are in the midst of a global warming crisis. Now is not the time to be logging century-old trees, or replacing fire resistant older forests with young, fire-prone tree plantations that are susceptible to future climate disturbances, and may increase the fire risk to nearby residential areas.
The logging of mature legacy forests on DNR managed lands also violates Board of Natural Resources policies intended to preserve older forests, which dictate that structurally complex forests may be considered for harvest only after older forest have been met. These forests play a critical role in preserving genetic diversity and biological legacies of the old growth forests that once dominated the Pacific Northwest.
Thank you for listening.
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Note: Location shown on map is approximate.
See sale map for exact location.