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Zoom in on the interactive Google Map to see where the DNR plans to log in the Elwha River Watershed.

Please help us save the Elwha River Watershed from more extractive logging!

The proposed DNR timber sale named “Alley Cat” will log approximately 100 acres near the Elwha River and Little River.

Alley Cat is scheduled to be auctioned to a timber company in May 2024 and Public Lands Commissioner (and congressional representative candidate) Hilary Franz can CANCEL the auction and SAVE these forests. Please tell her to cancel “Alley Cat” NOW – (360) 902-1000 or!

Quick Links:

  • Donate to the Elwha Forest Fund – Your tax deductible donation will go directly to protect forests within the Elwha River Watershed. Earth Law Center manages the fund. 
  • Urge the Clallam County Commissioners and the DNR to pause by sending a letter!

Alley Cat

Yet another mature forest timber sale in the Elwha River Watershed

The Alley Cat timber sale would log more mature, legacy forest in the Elwha River watershed and is currently scheduled for auction in May 2024. It is very close to the Aldwell logged area and the Parched timber sale.

Alley Cat is east of the Elwha River and Highway 101, with portions in the Dry Hill mountain bike area and the rest along the Little River, a tributary of the Elwha River.

The Alley Cat timber sale includes large, mature Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir and Big Leaf Maple, with some tree trunks up to six feet across!

Alley Cat is a naturally regenerated forest with seasonal creeks, a complex understory, large snags, large wood on the forest floor and a mixed age canopy.

Elwha River Watershed

With the removal of the 2 dams on the Elwha River, there’s over a $320 million dollar effort to restore the Elwha watershed. This includes work to restore salmon access up the Elwha and its tributaries. The Power Plant and TCB23 forests are part of the watershed that feeds directly into the Elwha River.

Legacy forests play a crucial role in protecting water quality. Trees in these forests act as natural filters, removing pollutants and contaminants from the water before it reaches streams, rivers, and lakes. They also help to prevent soil erosion and sedimentation, which can clog water sources and decrease their quality. Additionally, the root systems of trees in legacy forests help to regulate water flow and reduce the risk of flooding. Cutting down these forests would impact the quality of water sources in the area.

The Elwha River is the sole water supply for the City of Port Angeles and also a key source of salmon for the critically endangered southern resident orcas.

Graphic showing some of the upcoming legacy forest timber sales in the Elwha Watershed, as seen from Aldwell Unit 3.

Climate Change

Conserving mature and old-growth forests is one of the most affordable and effective tools for fighting climate change. No human-made technology can match big trees for removing and storing climate pollution. If they are logged, most of that pollution is quickly released into the atmosphere and it takes many decades or centuries for younger trees to recapture it.
We have lost most of our mature and old-growth forests across the country due to past logging. This is a serious problem because healthy mature and old-growth forests provide drinking water to communities, protect fish and wildlife, and absorb and store vast amounts of climate pollution. To protect what we have left and recover what has been lost, it is critical that we protect both mature and old-growth forests from being cut down in the future.
See the declaration from Dr. Dominick DellaSala (Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage) regarding climate aspects associated with logging on lands managed by the WA State DNR.

What can we do?

Take Action!

1. Contact your Representatives

Use the Action Network form to create an email to the DNR and the Clallam County Commissioners.

Add any of your own words & personal details to your email to make it even more effective!

2. Speak or Comment at the next Clallam County Commissioners Meeting

When: Every Tuesday @  10 am – 11:30 am 

Where: The Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E 4th St. in person OR on Zoom.

  • Use this Comment Guide
  • Enter the door with the large community kiosk in front of it. Once inside, take a left. Walk down the hallway until you get to the meeting room on your left.
  • Find zoom information in the meeting agenda here.

3. Volunteer to protect our Elwha and Legacy Forests

4. Spread the Word

  • Host a presentation in the community
  • Tell 5 friends/neighbors about the Alley Cat timber sale & pass on the actions info
  • Email if you want to help spread the word!

5. Donate

  • Donate to the Elwha Forest Fund – Your tax deductible donation will go directly to stop the “Power Plant” timber sale or to otherwise protect forests within the Elwha River Watershed. Earth Law Center manages the fund. 
6. As a bonus action, let your State and Federal representatives know that you support preserving our older forests:
State legislative representatives:
Federal legislative representatives: