Urgent: Help Save Pristine Local Watershed from Clearcut Logging
Act now to urge the Josephine County Commissioners to preserve a pristine watershed forest.
A Few Details
Since early 2020, a small group of concerned residents in Williams has been working to save 320 acres of pristine forest land, 114 of which has been set aside for potential timber sale and clearcutting by Josephine County.
After over 3 years of grassroots effort, The Conservation Fund came forward with an offer to purchase the 320 acres along Pipe Fork. This sale would effectively save this mature riparian forest and put much needed funds into the county coffers.
In spite of this win-win scenario, the Josephine County Commissioners are dragging their feet, and have yet to approve the sale.
We need your help to put pressure on the commissioners and save this beautiful and important piece of land.
Why This Matters
Pipe Fork is a compelling example of lush, mature riparian forest in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of Southern Oregon. Pipe Fork Creek originates from pure-water springs nestled in ancient forest on the east flank of Grayback Mountain and flows cold and clear and abundantly year-round through a narrow canyon wilderness into the Williams Valley. There it provides generously for farms and homes as well as for rich spawning and nursery grounds vital to chinook and coho salmon.
Watch this beautiful 7-minute film about Pipe Fork.
Designated a Research Natural Area (RNA) of Critical Environmental Concern by the Bureau of Land Management, the upper reaches of Pipe Fork have also been nominated for designation as a Federal Wild and Scenic River. Rare Pacific fishers and martens, spotted owls, elk, bear, and many other animals, as well as numerous species of rare plants, live in the undisturbed forests of the RNA.
Clearcutting this land would be devastating. It would cause lasting damage to the sensitive riparian forest and would greatly diminish the quality and quantity of water that flows into the Williams Valley.
We can't let this happen!
How You Can Help
1) Sign our petition to the County Commissioners. This is a quick and easy way to show your support for the sale and preservation of Pipe Fork.
2) Attend the Commissioners' Public Meeting December 20 at 9am in Grants Pass
Join other concerned citizens and urge the commissioners to sell Pipe Fork to The Conservation Fund.
WCFP is coordinating with local news to have coverage of this meeting. The more people we have at this meeting the better. You can just show up – your presence has power. You can also choose to speak to the Commissioners and share a brief message of your desire that they sell Pipe Fork to The Conservation Fund.
For questions or to learn more, please contact the Williams Community Forest Project.