Letter To The Forest Service
Tell the Forest Service that you want to the management plan to be changed.
Here is a template you can use to write your letter:
Dear Mt. Hood National Forest Service,
I live in _____town,____county, OR and my family’s drinking water comes from Mt. Hood National Forest. Living here, I know that Mt. Hood National Forest is a unique place, because 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, water to irrigate farms and orchards, and habitat for many threatened and endangered aquatic species. People travel from across the world to experience back country recreation, historical sites, salmon runs, mushroom hunting 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 update the Mt. Hood National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan on order to prioritize the ecosystem services most important to us.
Permanent protections for drinking water sources and prohibition of commercial logging in all watersheds that provide municipal water.
Permanent protections for all mature and native forest, riparian areas, aquatic ecosystems, roadless areas and other important carbon storing areas from commercial logging.
Prioritization of fire suppression resources and education in and around our homes and infrastructure while allowing fire to burn freely across the unpeopled areas of the forest.
Improved recreation infrastructure, education, and accessibility. Protections for sensitive ecosystems that would be negatively impacted by heavy recreation.