SANDY, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators stomped around in a kiddie pool full of mud to protest a timber sale in the Mount Hood National Forest.
At the rally Wednesday in front of the forest headquarters in Sandy, members of the group Bark said the kiddie pool demonstrated that logging would result in mud washing into the Collawash River. A tributary of the Clackamas River, it’s critical salmon habitat.
A national forest spokeswoman, Laura Pramuk, told KGW that geologists, hydrologists and biologists have reviewed the logging project and determined the river would not be hurt.
The Forest Service is selling timber in a 1,500-acre area that was replanted after logging in the 1950s. Now the timber is too dense and needs thinning.