Williams Forest Logging Protest

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, March 21 2012 at 6:30 PM, Updated: Wed, March 21 2012 at 7:06 PM

The rural community of Williams in Southern Oregon held a protest to prevent a clear-cut on a privately owned 320 acres.

Nearly 90% of the 320 acre parcel in the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands is owned by an Idaho company and most of it is planned for clear-cutting. That's just one of the many concerns protesters talked about while they visited the area in the Williams Creek Watershed. Many in the community have formed the non-profit organization, Williams Community Forest Project. The group is determined to purchase the remainder of the land but it's unclear if the owner has plans to sell it. Meanwhile, concerned residents and many of the small organic farms in the area are worried or have already been impacted about the environmental effects as a result of the logging efforts. The community has already raised $120,000 through grassroots funding and looks to raise public awareness about the plight of their woodlands.

For more information visit, www.williamscommunityforestproject.org

Check out their online video here: www.indiegogo.com/Wiliiams-Community-Forest-Project

Write a letter here: WCFP, P.O. Box 36, Williams OR 97544.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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