VICTORY! Keeping Crater Lake Wild
The Forest Service has for years pursued a roughly 1,300-acre logging project near Crater Lake called the Loafer Timber Project. This would negatively impact the Crater Lake ecosystem, widespread recreational use of the area (including Umpqua Hot Springs and the very popular North Umpqua Trail), and northern spotted owls. The project would also build a road through the middle of two important roadless areas, the Dread and Terror and Thorn Prairie Roadless Areas. These are used frequently by backpackers and are part of the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness area, which would be halted if these roads were built.
We cherish Crater Lake for its natural beauty and unique biodiversity. We sued first in 2013, causing the Forest Service to withdraw the project. The agency reintroduced it in 2016 and we sued again. The Loafer Timber Sale would threaten everything that makes the Crater Lake area such a special place. After obtaining a preliminary ruling in our favor stating that the Forest Service violated the law in authorizing the Loafer timber sale project, we reached a settlement agreement wherein the agency agreed to not log in the Dread and Terror and Thorn Prairie Roadless Areas as part of the project. As a result of WELC’s legal advocacy, these lands will continue to be eligible to be designated as wilderness as part of the proposed Crater Lake wilderness area. WELC and our client partners will continue to monitor these areas to make sure that the Forest Service respects the settlement agreement and maintains the integrity of these roadless areas.
Take Action for Crater Lake
The U.S. Forest Service wants to log on 1,400 acres in Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest. This includes critical habitat for threatened northern spotted owls and 500 acres of old-growth forest that is part of the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness.