Zoom in on the interactive Google Map to see where the DNR plans to log in the Elwha River Watershed.
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.
What can we do?
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.
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 email@example.com if you want to help spread the word!
- 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.
- Senator Kevin Van De Wege firstname.lastname@example.org
- Representative Steve Tharinger email@example.com
- Representative Mike Chapman firstname.lastname@example.org
New Trees are No Substitute for Old Trees – Politico article by Dr. Norm Christenson and Dr. Jerry Franklin
- WA State Teacher/Student/Parent Petition to protect Legacy Forests
- Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance – Call to Action
- Olympic Climate Action
- Article: Washington mistakenly relies on logging as a climate solution
- 2022 Presidential Executive Order on preserving mature and old growth forests – Climate Forests Summary
- Climate Forests – Older Forests Factsheet
- Wild Carbon Storage in Old Forests
- Meeting GHG reduction targets requires accounting for all forest sector emissions
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