Logging in Wolf Creek Park Considered

By Steven Sandberg

WOLF CREEK, Ore. — There may be a new addition to swings and picnic tables at one Southern Oregon park, logging may soon be allowed as a way to raise money for a county.

The Josephine County Parks Department has continued to face declining revenue. One option on the table in order to raise more money is to allow logging here at Wolf Creek Park. The county is considering taking timber out of the park in order to raise thousands of dollars in additional revenue.

Parks officials are meeting to discuss the project, how it would work, and how much money it would raise. People living in Wolf Creek say they have serious concerns about the project. Some say it would drive away visitors, or impact activities like camping. One man says putting more of an effort to clean up the park would pay off better than logging by attracting more visitors to the Wolf Creek area.

Josephine County currently operates 19 parks with eight campgrounds. The county parks director has said that any logging plans would be a one-time fix and there would not be any additional plans to log areas in other parks in the county.