Support Salmon in the Beegum Creek Watershed

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Friday, September 9th, 2011

TAKE ACTION NOW!  After years of abuse from logging, poorly placed road construction, and indiscriminate impacts from Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs,) the Beegum Creek Watershed in the Yolla Bolla Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest still provides essential habitat for at-risk Spring Chinook salmon. Spring Chinook salmon in the greater Klamath basin are currently undergoing a status review under the Federal Endangered Species Act thanks to a petition put forth to the National Marine Fisheries Service by EPIC.

To their credit, the Forest Service is attempting to fix the damage of the past by repairing, decommissioning and closing old logging roads.  Some of these roads are literally falling into rivers and streams and dumping sediment into fish habitat. The Forest Service is also proposing to rein-in uncontrolled ORV use that has scarred highly erosive slopes and impaired riparian habitats throughout the watershed.

Unfortunately a small minority of forest visitors see Beegum Creek as their private ORV playground to be trashed rather than as an important watershed for salmon recovery.  It is imperative that ORV use is constrained in Beegum Creek in order to recover critical stream habitats for Spring Run Chinook Salmon.

Please take a moment to send an e-letter to the Forest Service letting them know that you support their efforts to restore clean water and salmon habitat in the Beegum Creek Watershed.