Letter To The Forest Service
Tell the Forest Service that you want the Forest Management Plan to be updated!
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Dear Mt. Hood National Forest Service,
I live in _____ [please insert city, county, and state], and my family’s [drinking water comes from, owns a recreation business on, has a cultural connection to, relies on the ecosystems of] Mt. Hood National Forest.
Living here, I know that Mt. Hood National Forest is a unique place and that all the communities surrounding it directly rely on the forest for our health and well-being. Our communities need these public lands to be managed for the greatest benefit of us all.
I know this forest provides my family’s drinking water, irrigation water for farms and orchards, and habitat for many threatened and endangered aquatic species. People travel from across the world to experience backcountry recreation, historical sites, bountiful wildlife, native flora, and much more. Local residents fish, hunt, and gather food, medicines, and other resources to support local families. I believe that we all benefit when watersheds and ecosystems are intact and undisturbed.
I also recognize that the impacts of climate change will cause great stress to Mt. Hood’s ecosystem. Commercial logging is the largest source of carbon emissions in the state of Oregon and damages ecosystem resilience and biodiversity, reducing the capacity of the forest to sequester carbon.
I urge the Forest Service to focus its management practices on restorative projects that do not remove the tree canopy, damage soils and water systems, or degrade wildlife habitat. For the waters and wildlife of Mt. Hood to adapt to climate change, natural systems must prevail.
On behalf of my family and my community, I urge you to update the Mt. Hood National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan in order to prioritize the ecosystem services most important to us:
Permanent protections for all drinking water sources and prohibition of commercial logging in all watersheds that provide municipal water.
Permanent protections for all mature and native forests, riparian areas, aquatic ecosystems, roadless areas, and other important carbon-storing areas. These areas should not be managed for commercial logging.
Prioritization of fire suppression resources and education in and around our homes and infrastructure while allowing fire to burn in unpeopled areas of the forest, where it can fulfill its role in the cycle of forest ecology.
Prioritize improving the Forest Service's commitment to cultural use and recreation infrastructure, education, and accessibility.
Increased protections for sensitive ecosystems that would be negatively impacted by heavy recreation.