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1/ ,a, Er,, -August 15, 2012 COMMUNITY (PINION Page 5 Cool Soda plan taking shape; public hearing Aug. 21 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The U.S. Forest Service Sweet Home Ranger DistriCt is putting the finishing touches on a draft plan for the Cool Soda planning area. The area encompasses the Soda Fork drainage and Cool Camp, including Wil- lamette National Forest land and privately owned forestland, primarily belonging to the Hill family and managed by Cascade Timber Consulting. The draft plan will be presented on Aug. 21 to a planning group that includes Forest Service officials, private interests, other agencies and members of the public. A final proposal will be presented in September, and then the proposal enters the typical process for the Forest Service, including a public hearing and comments phase. During a public meeting on Aug. 7, the planning group discussed potential projects for the area. The projects fall into three themes: com- munity and culture, streams and wildlife and forests and wildlife, said Cindy Glick, dis- trict ranger. Preliminary ideas include tribal projects, with input from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; wildlife; com- mercial products; recreation and firebreaks; aquatic restoration; and roads. Tribal interests include restoring ana- dromous, migrating fish habitat; the Hatter Mountain area; easy access for seasonal gathering, such as bear grass, cedar bark collection and burning; and protection of cultural resources during any action in the area, said Anita Leach of the Sweet Home Ranger District. Bill Marshall of Cascade Timber Con- sulting said that CTC has already secured grants to help fund $150,000 in wildlife res- toration projects. "Here we are, a timber company, and we're going to be enhancing forage," Mar- shall said. Closed canopy means minimal food, with minimal sunlight. It's woody and old. Open canopy allows sunlight and lush growth near the ground, which provides food for wildlife. Past harvesting practices in the Cool Soda area have led to mostly closed canopy, Marshall said. Clear cutting and harvesting in the past four years on private land have created the first few openings. CTC has seen heavy use of those areas by deer and elk, Marshall said. They've been pulling seedlings from the ground, and tradi- tional seedling protection hasn't been work- ing. Partners in the potential solution include the Forest Service. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Hunters Asso- ciation and Helena Chemical. Marshall said. Project ideas include planting and seeding some of the preferred browsing species: es- tablishing "linear meadows." or roads with food; and enhancing meadows, slide areas and slopes to improve forage. Planners are seeing opportunities to cre- ate travel corridors and "early seral forest," young open forest, for wildlife throughout the area, said Tiffany Young, biologist with the Ranger District. The blueberries, huck- leberries and vine maple of the Cool Soda area have been slowly encroached by coni- fers and rhododendrons. The last 50 years have created "vast seas of rhododendrons," impacting early seral species. Additional wildlife projects will likely need to include pre-commercial thinning in areas where the Forest Service was attempting to create early seral habitat. Seral (rhymes with "feral") stages are various age classes of forests, from early - in which trees are seedlings and surrounded by grasses and other low-growing plant life, such as occurs after fire, disease or drought to late, where trees are mature and domi- nate the forest. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Biologist Tiffany Young, center, points out features on a map of the Cool Soda Planning Area. Early seral forests are becoming less quire support from the Hill family. common on federal lands, which have been Aquatic and road restoration projects managed for late successional species, Leach include the replacement of a number of cul- said. verts that are undersized to keep water from Commercial products in the area include backing up behind roads and then blowing bear grass and noble fir boughs, in addition to timber, Leach said. Much of the land is high-elevation and slow-growing. Even in managed stands planted in the 1950s, the trees are smaller, but the area has commer- cial potential in other products, such as the fir boughs. Recreation Planner Jon Meier, of the Sweet Home and Detroit ranger districts, en- visions a trail from Moose Creek to Crescent Mountain. It would pass through the Cool Soda Planning Area, ideally with a cabin system for hikers. He also would like a trail constructed to Soda Fork Falls, which is on CTC-managed property and would thus re- them out. Others include potential in-stream improvements to create more habitat and breeding areas and better passage for ana- dromous fish, such as Chinook salmon and steelhead. "One of the things is it's creating jobs," said Ranger District Hydrologist Lance Gatchell. "We come up with some money, hire someone." The proposal also will identify areas that could be harvested, which could gener- ate revenue for other projects. The draft proposal will be unveiled .at the next meeting, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21" at the Sweet Home Ranger District Office. II Letters From page 4 travel to another city let alone an- other country! Our family has hosted seven intelligent and gracious Josai stu- dents during the summer and One for the school year: Through th Josai program, three of my children have gone to Japan and the fourth is working for her turn to go. We all know we try to teach our kids any subject, but the informa- tion does not sink in until they have hands on experience. What better way to accomplish this than to have exchange students come to Sweet Home. I have watched as our students ask questions of the exchange stu- dents about their history, culture, money, customs, politics and even what's hot! Seize the m9ment; any teaching moment that is passed by because this program is discontin- ued is a great loss. During sayonara gatherings, Sweet Home students have watched demonstrations of traditional fan dancing by the girls, karate skills from the boys as well as art work, singing, dancing and piano perfor- mances. All of this in Sweet Home from exchange students - what a great opportunity for our students. It also teaches our students of Sweet Home responsibility and to work for some- thing, as they have to work for the money in order to go on the trip. In addition, not only does it have a great impact on our com- munity, but it means a great deal to the students who come here, for the year and the two-week period! It hs created lifelong friend- ships and opened many eyes for our students. Please do not allow the ex- change program to just disappear, there are so many ways that it affects our students and the community. Martha Wells and Hailey Fisher Sweet Home Letter revealed 'liberal' views Editor: Responding to Diane Daiute's letter of Aug. 1: You really know how to stir the pot don't you? The scary thing is that you actually be- lieve what you write. Your "Guns R Us" letter brought excellent responses. Thank you, Ms. Daiute, for writing the let- ter.And thank you to everyone who wrote an excellent response to the letter. I am one of the thousands of horrible gun owners. I am pro-life, I believe in traditional marriage, I hunt and fish. 1 am a conservative American. I loved all the responses to your emotional, feelings-based, twisted letter. I do appreciate your opinion. I thank you for the wonderful, free service you provide to the commu- nity in educating and exposing to us what really lies in the heart and mind of a liberal/progressive. I love how you lay it all out for the world to see the deluded, hypo-. Summer Reading 2012 Dream Big Read! Thank you local businesses for your support of the Sweet Home Public Library's Summer Reading Program Sweet Home Public Library Amermn Fam V . Fdw of the Swat Hme Pubic t3bray KeQnk Lmand Lo The New Era SmD SmFGa. Swat H0n A&W Swat I-Im Rlm's  H(e RoOst StHane Swut Hr Suba critical, common-sense-lacking, hate-filled "truth" that is liberal. I hope the community reads your nonsense and I hope they have their children read it as well to give them a better understanding of liberal thinking. A liberal can cover their Sub- aru with peace symbols: "Co-ex- ist," "Free Tibet," "War is Not the Answer" and "Tolerance" stickers all they want, but when they open the hole below their nose, the truth comes out fast, it is the hatred for anything not conforming to their vi- sion of Utopia. I would really question your "deepest, instinctual feelings" be- cause I know many outstanding people who own guns and have never committed a gun crime. "Deep and instinctual feelings" can be misleading. Feelings ignore facts, logic and common sense. In a word, they ignore truth. Please keep up the great let- ters exposing liberals for what they truly are. Mike Whitmore Sweet Home lm iiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJ!ili! f) ................... ii;00i - i