Forest Park Study (Portland Oregon)
We are curious how the Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forest balance a study like this in regards to Forest Park in Portland and the abundance of wildlife it supports, with what they keep shoving down our throats that humans are such a menace to wildlife.
Article for Oregonlive Nov. 2013 – http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/11/the_forest_park_wildlife_repor.html
The article speaks to the abundant wildlife in the park and praises their management of the area and the study gives a robust listing of wildlife in the park. FAFA has completed a very rough estimate of main road courses that surround the park, including Highway 30 and 26 as well as main streets/roads through the area. Our assessment does not account for roads in housing development areas.
Our assessment of the main road courses finds 33 miles of roads in the area, with the area being 5,100 ac’s in size that would make it roughly 8 sq. miles in area.
33 miles of road with 8 sq miles of area would give a total of 4.125 miles of road per sq. mile.
This number does not account for housing developments that border or are found within the boundaries of the park, we’re going to estimate our number is roughly 1/2 of the true miles of roads in the area, so we’re estimating a number more to the tune of 7 to 8 miles of road per sq. mile in the area.
How is it that there is such robust wildlife in the area, with such large amounts of humans and motorized use going on, including elk that they are so proud of?
Please tell us how eliminating mans use of the Wallowa Whitman and Malheur National Forests that see’s not even a 1/1000 of the use serves any greater good for the local populace of the local area, or how it will drastically improve conditions on the landscape. We would like to see this survey utilized when revisiting the EIS when determining the true need for closing additional roads in Northeastern Oregon.