Haystack Creek after a fresh snow, Willamette National Forest, Oregon.
Haystack Creek feeds the Little North Fork of the North Fork of the Santiam River, NE of Mehama, OR (where my daughter was born). I drove by this spot frequently when I was a resident of Jawbone Flats, the old mining camp in the heart of the Opal Creek Old Growth Forest Preserve.
Any visitor to Oregon needs to see the forest landscape so many fought so hard and so long to save. The drive to Opal Creek is nearly as beautiful as the walk into Opal Creek itself. Big trees, clear fresh mountain water flowing in the Little North Fork… cabins and deep forest, open vistas of a wonderful oregon river canyon…
Oregonians who have not visited this wonderful natural treasure should go and get a glimpse of that which so many fought so long and hard to save. A beauty that truly touches one’s soul.
The old growth logging debate was a bitter time for many on both sides of the issue.
Ultimately former long-time Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield – a definite friend of the timber industry – by making his last official act as a US Senator the saving of Opal Creek from the loggers’ saws, was a major olive branch from the timber industry to the environmental community. An act that truly demonstrates the positiveness of cooperation for all of us.