It’s one thing to talk about Western Oregon old growth, but it’s another to hike in it. Last weekend seemed like an appropriate time to get out there onto BLM land, considering that the the agency just wrapped up the public comment period on the WOPR.
KP and I headed to Wolf Creek Falls, about 20 miles east of Roseburg and hiked the 1.3 mile trail back to the falls. The trail crosses over the Little River, a small tributary on the North Fork of the Umqua River, and winds along Wolf Creek through a giant old growth Douglas Fir, Cedar and Big Leaf Maples.
These are the kind of riparian areas and old growth the BLM wants to roll back protections on under Alternative II. That means, if they’re clear cutting this old growth or the hillsides above the streams, sediment will be rolling down these creeks and into the famed, beloved (and sparse on fish to begin with this year, supposedly) North Fork of the Umpqua River.
Check out the size of those firs!