What Was Discussed
KLWA trustee, Lucy LaCasse, gave the presentation which summarized:
- What’s currently on the table for Albany South (“Alternative 2”)
- The four other alternatives that are being considered by the Forest Service, and which of those might be best for the Kezar Lake Watershed (Alternatives 1 & 3)
- The process moving forward
- The potential impact of Albany South on Kezar Lake and our Watershed
- How people can get involved
Using Forest Service maps, images from proposed harvest units, photos from other Forest Service projects, and multiple other resources, LaCasse explained the complexities of Albany South and the risks to our watershed in her fact-based 50-minute presentation.
Focus on Headwater Streams
Particular emphasis was given to Kezar’s headwater streams, which are the lifeblood of the Kezar Lake Watershed and are critical to the physical, chemical, and biological mechanics of the watershed. The 47 Albany South harvest units within our watershed (totaling 1,014 acres) are all in the vicinity of Great Brook which provides 1/3 of Kezar’s inflowing waters. There is serious concern that many of these headwater streams have not yet been mapped by the Forest Service and that the Forest Service’s buffering guidelines are inadequate for protecting the streams from thermal pollution, sedimentation, and nutrient loading. LaCasse referenced a recent EPA Report which concludes that
“The scientific literature unequivocally demonstrates that streams, regardless of their size or frequency of flow, are connected to downstream waters and strongly influence their function. “
LaCasse also described the impact of increased significant rain events on our forested watershed and how that impact would be further exacerbated when that mountainous terrain is logged.
After The Presentation
Following LaCasse’s presentation, there were numerous questions from the audience on a variety of issues including Project oversight, reasons for the Project, road construction, and the additive impact from other logging projects, etc.
LaCasse encouraged people to contact the Forest Service with additional questions and concerns and to submit comments during the upcoming 30-Day Comment Period. Comments, questions and requests for the 30-Day Comment Report can be addressed to District Ranger, Katie Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LaCasse is also available for other questions or to walk Harvest Units. email@example.com.
Given the multiple concerns about Albany South, the Kezar Lake Watershed Association had developed a Position Statement last July. LaCasse reviewed that document and explained that KLWA will also be:
- Resending that Position Statement to the Forest Service
- Maintaining communications with the Forest Service through meetings and other means
- Keeping our membership and others informed about Albany South through the KLWA newsletter and updates on our website, etc.
To view LaCasse’s Power Point presentation which has been slightly edited for web-viewing, click here.
How Can I Help?
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