The Quartz Integrated Project is an 8,331 acre project area, located 22 miles southeast of the town of Cottage Grove – about a one hour drive away from Eugene. It is on publically owned US Forest service land, managed by the Cottage Grove Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest. This project area is in the Sharps Creek Watershed, which drains into the Dorena Reservoir. It is a well trafficked area for recreation, hiking, water sports, and other outdoor activities.
The preferred alternative of the USFS seeks to commercially thin 1,026 acres of forest. Some of these units are younger stands of 60-80 year old trees. However, as well as being intact and recovering ecosystems, many of the units contain stands aged 100 years or older. Many of these older stands contain old growth remnant trees.
Besides being valuable unto themselves, these remnant old growth areas are a prime habitat for the red tree vole – a Survey & Manage species,
under the Northwest Forest Plan. According to the Quartz Project EA, only 13 trees were climbed to search for red tree voles. We believe there are many, many more occupied red tree vole habitat areas in the Quartz Project area. As of Sept 19, NEST has found and documented more than 30 red tree vole nests, within the Quartz Integrated Project. None of these areas have received protection under the preferred alternative (Alternative 2).
NEST urges supporters to submit comments regarding the Quartz Integrated Project. The area is located very near to Eugene – an easy location to visit, if people are interested in making a short trip. Of the three proposed alternatives, Alternative 1 – No Action – is our preferred alternative. We also ask that folks request that the area be thoroughly surveyed for red tree voles (a rare species that receives required habitat protection, under the USFS’ own survey & manage guidelines) and that citizen nest survey data – found by experienced NEST volunteer surveyors – be accepted.
Please send all comments (postmarked by the Sept 26, 2014 deadline) regarding the Quartz Integrated Project to:
Joseph Linn, District Ranger
Cottage Grove Ranger District
78405 Cedar Park Road
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Summer is back, and NEST is preparing to strike out in the field to begin our 2014 summer survey season. We are scheduled to begin on July 9th.
Thanks for your support, and hope to see you in the woods!
It was a great fundraising success and most excellent party.
Surveys begin the 2nd week of July, this year.
See you in the woods!
You are invited to a Masquerade Benefit Party for NEST – featuring live music, a raffle, a vegan dinner bar, campfires, and more!
Saturday, May 31 in Eugene Oregon. Doors at 7pm.
@ 842 Almaden St. / Eug, OR
$10 donation. (No one turned away for lack of funds!)
- A Stick and A Stone – PDX meets Philly in heavy queer folk dirges. Dark. Thundering. Haunting.
- Hang The Old Year – anarcho post-prog/rock from PDX. Heavy tunes for wimps and weirdos.
- local Eugene Musicians
Raffle: There will be a raffle for items donated by local artists, including Mothillius Brewing Cooperative, Activation Foods, Dandy’s Pantry, Hootenanny! Prints, and more. Tickets will be available for $1 each. All proceeds will go to benefit NEST’s 2014 summer survey camp.
Costumes are welcome! Please bring your own cup and bowl, if you can!
Many thanks to the bands, local artists, and Agrarian Ales for your generous contributions!
This nest is one of the 1st active nests found this season. It’s a huge two story home loaded with fresh green resin ducts and fresh cuttings.
With midsummer upon us, the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (N.E.S.T.) is gearing up to head out to the woods very soon! And we need help from folks like you!
Contact us to get involved as there are several timber sales that we will be visiting. The 1st of which could be Trapper (read post below). Photo is from the trapper timber sale back in 2006.