Letter: White Spar Campground
I’ve heard that if you really like a place, never go back —implying that when you return it will be ruined by time and society, you will be disappointed.
Well, if you hiked and loved the silent and solemn forest surrounding Prescott’s White Spar Campground, don’t go back — it is gone, destroyed.
The ongoing lumber harvest has decimated the forest, executed in a manner nearing clear-cut.
I estimate one in six trees is left standing, and this to what was a well-managed, evenly-spaced forest of mature trees, where undergrowth had recently been cleared.
When I witnessed this logging operation gearing up this winter, I was not concerned, I felt the forest managers knew their business, and a thinning, of even this seemingly well-tended forest, was warranted. Was I ever wrong.
This is bad news for the forest that’s lost, but worse for the forest that’s still standing, as the logging operation is not over.
The harvest continues in the Groom Creek water shed, and up the School House Gulch road.
This is occurring under a “stewardship contract” with Dakota Logging LLC, under which there is supposed to be “multi-party monitoring ... to evaluate the effectiveness of ... stewardship projects.”
Just an assumption, but it appears this evaluation is either not taking place, or is being skewed in the benefit of the contractor, who is hauling the timber away for resale.
Interested parties please contact your state representative and register your concerns.