News from our groups
State & City Reports Show How an Oil Spill Would Impact the Columbia River:
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 28, 2016.City estimates $5-$6 billion in potential damages from a major derailment, with no insurance available to cover it. State admits underestimating costs: 8 million gallon spill into the Lower Columbia River could cause $232 million to $1.16 billion in damages. State estimates losses in fishing industry: $17.8 million recreational fishing; $14.4 million expenditures by recreational anglers; and $4.7 million commercial landings.
Vancouver Face Huge Risks From Proposed Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 27, 2016.City estimates $5-$6 billion in potential damages from a major derailment, with no insurance available to cover it. State admits underestimating costs: 8 million gallon spill into the Lower Columbia River could cause $232 million to $1.16 billion in damages. State estimates losses in fishing industry: $17.8 million recreational fishing; $14.4 million expenditures by recreational anglers; and $4.7 million commercial landings.
Memorial Day Weekend: Swim Guide Updates
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 27, 2016.Swimming season is off to a great start! Before you jump in, make sure it’s safe to swim. Check the most current water quality status on the Swim Guide, and we’ll see you on the water. Get the swim guide app today. The Swim Guide uses E.coli data collected by our volunteers to flag Columbia River beaches that are safe or unsafe for swimming.
We Support Outdoor Education! Help #SaveOutdoorSchool
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 27, 2016.
It will probably come as no surprise that we are teaming up with the Outdoor School for All Campaign to promote outdoor education. Outdoor School for All aims to give every Oregon fifth or sixth grader a hands-on week of science-based, outdoor education. Many… Read More!
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Westside Bypass: The Zombie Dinosaur
By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 26, 2016.
Why we don't need a freeway through farmland
The Westside Bypass Freeway was a dinosaur in the early 90s, when regional leaders wisely determined that transportation dollars could be better spent to move more people and freight by investing in transit, a grid street pattern, bicycling facilities, and walkable communities. Instead of building an oversized and costly freeway through some of the world’s most valuable farm land, Washington County and Metro successfully implemented a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated transportation and land use system.
Preserving Land in Oregon
By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 26, 2016.
A tale of two studies
Ruling protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on May 26, 2016.A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling May 26 that rejects the Secretary of the Interior’s approval of an industrial-scale wind project proposed for Steens Mountain.
Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12
By aberman from News. Published on May 26, 2016.Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.
The Wild Owyhee
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 26, 2016.Far in the southeastern corner of the state, beyond the dry mountain shadows of the Cascade Range, past high-desert plateaus and cow-spotted ranchland, on the desolate fringe of the great basin, lies the Owyhee. Oregon is known for its forests, but its greatest wilderness is actually a desert. One of the last truly untouched places […]
New Video on Quantified Conservation
By Brian Kelley from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 26, 2016.
The Freshwater Trust are pioneers of a new approach. “Quantified Conservation” is
Love your Columbia – featured
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 25, 2016.Join our annual LOVE YOUR COLUMBIA day on August 20, 2016, featuring community river clean-ups, invasive species eradication, and restoration projects in communities along the Columbia, from British Columbia to the estuary in Astoria.
Methanol – featured
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 25, 2016.Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW) proposes to build a large natural gas-to-methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Washington. NWIW would use fracked gas from the Rockies, and fresh water from the Columbia to increase global fossil fuel consumption.
Millennium Coal Hearing in Longview, WA Draws 1k+ Attendees
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 25, 2016.Tuesday, May 24, 2016, kicked off the first of three public hearings regarding the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, WA with over 1,000 residents from Washington, Oregon and Montana attending the hearing. An overwhelming majority of the attendees demonstrated their opposition by wearing red, creating a “sea of red” in the hearing room.
Cranes, curlews, and cows – the delicate debate over Oregon’s federal lands
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on May 25, 2016.Last night, May 24th, PBS News Hour aired a story about the work of the High Desert Partnership, spotlighting our Director Esther Lev. Click here to watch the full story! story! If you are interested in Esther’s personal story of this collaboration, we recently posted this blog: http://wetlandsconservancy.org/find-common-ground-in-the-harney-basin/ We are looking forward to continued work in
Cemetery Challenges FERC Pipeline Approval
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 25, 2016.The Cowlitz County Cemetery District #6 filed a challenge to a proposed methanol pipeline cutting through a pioneer cemetery known as The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Cemetery District asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its previous approval because FERC failed to consider the impact on the pioneer cemetery, the surrounding environment, and the 3,628 cemetery districts tax payers.
5 Tips for Using NWEI Ebooks
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 24, 2016.
If you have participated in an NWEI discussion course in the past, you may have noticed that some of our new courses are available as ebooks rather than in a paperback format. Our newest discussion course, Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business… Read More!
Coal – featured
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 24, 2016.Tuesday, May 24, 2016, kicked off the first of three public hearings regarding the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, WA with over 1,000 residents from Washington, Oregon and Montana attending the hearing. An overwhelming majority of the attendees demonstrated their opposition by wearing red, creating a “sea of red” in the hearing room.
A gift for the bugs and a word from our Science Director
By Julia Bond from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 23, 2016.
Friends, High in the Siskiyou Mountains, water collects from snowmelt and precipitation. The
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Goal 10 - Housing and what we can do about it
By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 23, 2016.
Testimony to LCDC following their Hatfield Fellow Report
1000 Friends of Oregon has been engaged in Goal 10, Housing, since the inception of the land use program, through litigation, advocacy, policy development, and community engagement. Therefore, we are particularly heartened to see the work of the DLCD Hatfield Fellow focused on affordable housing. Julia McKenna has provided a comprehensive report on the status of housing issues within the land use program, how it relates to the Oregon Housing & Community Services agency (OHCS), and current issues facing Goal 10 – including its possible role in how jurisdictions demonstr
Oregon Housing Study Presented by Hatfield Fellow
By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 23, 2016.
Julia McKenna started work as a Hatfield Fellow with the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in August, 2015, focused on housing. Energy behind the topic grew through the course of the 2016 legislative session, with at least eight bills and countless hours of testimony responding to housing challenges from every part of Oregon getting attention at the capitol. “Housing has become part of our everyday conversation in state agencies,” says DLCD Director Jim Rue, “it’s everywhere.”
Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 23, 2016.The Butte Fork trail is the lowest elevation and most gentle of all the hiking routes in the Red Buttes Mountains. There’s a lot to love about this route through the last untouched valley in the upper Applegate, including wildflowers, views of the snowy Siskiyou Crest ridgeline and the cascading of the Butte Fork and its tributaries. Surprising old-growth Sugar Pines along the trail to Cedar Basin will not disappoint.
National News: May 23, 2016
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on May 22, 2016.
Hood River County Votes Against Nestlé!
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 20, 2016.by Francesca Varela On Tuesday, the people of Hood River County voted to block Nestlé from building a water-bottling plant near the city of Cascade Locks. Ballot Measure 14-55—a countywide ban on commercial bottled-water facilities—passed easily, and has set an important precedent, not only for Oregon, but for the rest of the country. Massive […]
Partnership to protect the McKenzie River
By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 20, 2016.
Nearly 200,000 residents in Oregon’s Eugene-Springfield area share something besides geography. They all
Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure
By aberman from News. Published on May 20, 2016.Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program
Our First NWEI Fellow
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 20, 2016.
This spring, we welcomed our first-ever Fellow, Veronica Hotton, who recently completed her PhD in Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Veronica has been primarily supporting NWEI’s curriculum efforts, especially the release of our new discussion course, Sustainability Works:… Read More!
Join us in Salem on May 23 to speak out for the Owyhee!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 18, 2016.The Owyhee needs you NOW. Will you join us in Salem on Monday, May 23, to ensure our Oregon lawmakers know Oregonians want the Owyhee Canyonlands protected? The House Rural Communities, Land Use, and Water Committee will meet to discuss permanent protection for the Owyhee. A group opposing protection will be there in force, so […]
Lands changing hands
By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 17, 2016.
Over the next 20 years, more than 400 million acres of agricultural land
We just launched a crowdfunding campaign for EcoChallenge 2.0
By Kerry Lyles from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 16, 2016.
We believe the solution to the planet’s biggest challenges lies in the power of collective change. By taking action in our own lives and inspiring the people around us, each of us contributes to a world of impact. We all… Read More!
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Documentary and Discussion with Josh Fox
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 16, 2016.Josh Fox, an Oscar nominated filmmaker, selected Kalama for the Washington premiere of his latest documentary. Why Kalama? Because the natural gas fracking industry is targeting Kalama with hope to build the nation’s largest natural gas-to-methanol plant.
Grey to Green: The Ongoing Story of Tree Planting in Portland
By Dave from Growth Rings. Published on May 13, 2016.In 2008, Friends of Trees in partnership with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services embarked on a transformative eight-year journey to boost green infrastructure in Portland. Take a look to find out what’s been accomplished, learn about the impacts of those accomplishments, and reflect on the success of this government – non-profit – […]
Evening for Opal Creek–Thursday, May 19!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on May 12, 2016.Our annual fundraising bash is in just a few days, and we’ve got a great evening […]
First Director Hired in California
By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 11, 2016.
The Freshwater Trust has hired a new Director in Sacramento, California. Erik Ringelberg
By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on May 11, 2016.Who are the people that stopped a $6 billion liquefied natural gas terminal and over 200 miles of gas pipeline? How did we have the patience to fight LNG projects for eleven-and-a-half years?
Voluntary Simplicity: Finding Appreciation and Making Conscious Choices
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 09, 2016.
Earlier this year, long time NW Earth Institute volunteer and discussion course organizer Betty Shelley wrote an article on Voluntary Simplicity for Green Living: A Practical Journal for Mindful Living. We’ve featured Betty’s efforts at generating one garbage can of waste… Read More!
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National News: May 9, 2016
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on May 08, 2016.
We All Share The Same Cup: A Mother’s Day Message
By Tim Wigington from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 06, 2016.
When I was in fifth grade, I won an art contest for this
Are You a Wild One?
By Lena from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on May 06, 2016.
The last two years we’ve seen Oregon politicians and special interest making gains attacking or trading away the things that make Oregon a special place. Luckily, we’ve also seen more Oregonians step up to defend our conservation values. But if we’re to succeed in protecting and restoring Oregon’s wildlife and wild places, we need to take things a step further.
That’s where Wild Ones comes in.
For those who were part of the first class last year, you know that Wild Ones is a unique, grassroots leadership training program that invites all Oregonians, of all backgrounds and ages, to engage in the political process on behalf of wildlife and wild places.
Whether your passion for the great outdoors manifests itself as an outgoing go-getter or a contemplative philosopher, this training provides advocates with the tools that sharpen, hone, and build upon each advocate’s own experiences and personality. Social butterflies and thoughtful thinkers alike benefit from Wild Ones.
This year you can look forward to an even bigger, more comprehensive program, including:
- Dynamic trainings – from lobbying, testifying, writing, researching, media engagement, to grassroots organizing;
- Meaningful community building – meet other conservation-minded folks who also want to change Oregon politics for the better;
- Significant engagement opportunities with decision makers to make lasting, beneficial impacts on Oregon’s wildlife and wilderness legacy.
The kickoff events will be a celebration of what we have collectively accomplished thus far and how you can best contribute to Oregon Wild's 2016-17 efforts.
Come learn how you can get involved, while enjoying good company and light refreshments.
Portland Wild Ones Kickoff – RSVP
Thursday, May 19 at 5:30-7:30pm
Oregon Wild office – 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland OR
Optional things to bring: folding chair, water bottle – snacks and n/a beverages provided
Bend Wild Ones Kickoff – RSVP
Tuesday, May 26 at 4-6pm
Oregon Wild Bend office – 2445 NE Division St #303, Bend, OR
Eugene Wild Ones Kickoff – RSVP
Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30-8pm
Claim 52 Brewing – 1030 Tyinn St, Suite 1
Snacks provided, beverages for purchase
Central Coast Wild Ones Kickoff– RSVP
Tuesday, June 7 6-8pm
Rogue Brewers on the Bay
2320 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365
Full menu and drinks available for purchase
For those who might not be able to attend one of these launch events, subscribing to the Wild Ones email list will provide you with valuable news and resources to help take your activism to the next level.
Founder of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard Joins freshwater Talk
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 05, 2016.“No longer can we assume the Earth’s resources are limitless; that there
EcoChallenge as a Tool for Employee Engagement
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 05, 2016.
The EcoChallenge has been a fun, impactful tool for engaging employees since its inception, and we are excited to share some new developments to the program. As NWEI has shifted its model to become more responsive to our participants’ needs and… Read More!
5 things we should be doing to protect our drinking water
By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 04, 2016.
We’re spoiled. Here in America, we take the clean water endlessly flowing out
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Wetlands Feeding the World
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on May 04, 2016.May 17, 7 pm. Nyberg Rivers New Seasons Join us in the community room for a fun and interactive presentation. Wetlands are famous for providing abundant wildlife habitat, and most of us know that they play a vital role in protecting water quality. But did you know that
Plan Your Summer Adventures with Tualatin Riverkeepers
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on May 04, 2016.This Summer Tualatin Riverkeepers has a big menu of adventures for you to experience. Canoe trips, kayak trips, the ever popular waterfall tour, River Professors Lectures and a new event, the Bird & Wine Tour are planned for you. Join our group events. Check out the complete menu and register online at our Eventbrite Page. […]
The river is what we have in common: Results for the Middle Fork
By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 03, 2016.
Nearly a decade ago, The Freshwater Trust met Pat and Hedy Voigt, owners
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Update: Westside Salvage Logging
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 03, 2016.Clearcutting has started in the recovering post-fire "Westside Salvage" logging units. KS Wild is supporting the Karuk Tribe in emergency legal motions that will ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in early May to halt the logging while affected wildlands and wildlife get their day in court. Cross your fingers and stay tuned as we continue to do all we can to promote real restoration and protect forests and watersheds of the Marble Mountains from clearcutting.
Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill Opening and Supporting TWC on May 15th!
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on May 03, 2016.TUALATIN, Ore. (Apr. 29, 2016) – The new Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill® in Tualatin, Ore., will hold a fundraiser for The Wetlands Conservancy on Sunday, May 15, as part of The Wetlands Conservancy’s celebration of National Wetlands month. Sharky’s, a premium fast-casual restaurant and lifestyle brand offering an award-winning and innovative Mexican-inspired menu, will donate
Now Hiring: NT Outreach Staff
By Ian Bonham from Growth Rings. Published on May 02, 2016.By Ian Bonham Tomorrow’s tree canopy begins with a knock! About half of the trees you see planted in Portland neighborhoods through Friends of Trees’ Neighborhood Trees planting program started out just as a message from an FOT outreach staff member letting a homeowner know they have space for a tree. That’s why we’re hiring up to ten new part-time, […]
Safety Video Emphasizes the Right Life Jacket Fit for Kids
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on May 01, 2016.
New CAP case looks at Measure 49 in Yamhill County
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 27, 2016.
Hearing from our rookie Crew Leaders
By Randi Orth from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 27, 2016.Friends of Trees has an amazing volunteer base. Like, really incredible. We’re joined by thousands of individuals at our planting and tree care events every year (5,000+ this season, but who’s counting?), who give us their time, energy and smiles. And at every event, rain or shine, are the familiar faces of our Crew Leaders, […]
Tribe AND Conservationists File Suit to Protect Wild Salmon, Rural River Communities
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 27, 2016.The Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. The Tribe leads a diverse plaintiff group united by a common interest in restoring healthy relationships between people, fire, forests and fish.
Students select The Freshwater Trust as grant recipient
By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 26, 2016.
The Freshwater Trust received a $1,500 grant from the Community 101 program at
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Beaver Watch: Tualatin Basin
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 25, 2016.Greg Lewellan, The Wetlands Conservancy May 12, 2016 – 7:00 pm Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr, Tualatin, OR 97062 Beavers are the ultimate “ecosystem engineers”. No other wildlife species’ behavior is as critical to the viability of so many other species in this environment. Greg Lewellan will share the history of beaver in
Our New Ebook is Here! Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business As Usual
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 25, 2016.
This Earth Day, we released our newest discussion course book, Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business as Usual! This new resource provides the information and inspiration to engage teams or small groups of passionate change-makers, and contains tools to help them create a… Read More!
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National News: April 25, 2016
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Apr 24, 2016.
Who are YOUth?
By Joel Iboa from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 22, 2016.
Who are YOUth? Workers’ rights, air toxics, pollinators, policy change, racial justice, chemical exposures, pesticides, herbicides, these and many others are all issues Beyond Toxics continues to fight for. And while it’s important we continue this work it’s also important that we remember who we are doing it for. A year ago Beyond Toxics made... Read more »
Homesteader: 1890 – 2016
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 20, 2016.Northwest Oregon’s state-owned forests are comprised of less than .01% old growth, a stunning number that indicates their fraught history of devastating fires and aggressive logging. A notable patch of the Clatsop State Forest contains a timber sale known as “Homesteader.” One part of this sale (Area 2) especially, contained a stand trees upwards of 125 years old that […]
Earth Day: Past and Present
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 19, 2016.In recent years, Earth Day has come to be associated with buying green. Earth Day is coming up; buy compostable bamboo plates for your next picnic. Earth Day is coming up; offset your airline miles by donating to rain-forest preservation. Earth Day is coming up; buy yourself a pair of athletic pants made from recycled […]
Worth a Dam
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 19, 2016.May 25th, 2016 7-9 pm at Oregon Public House Village Ballroom Come join us for a beer and celebrate wetlands and beavers of the West. Beaver, our beloved state animal is woefully misunderstood and blamed for many of our urban water issues. Dr. Heidi Perryman formed Worth A Dam to defend the beavers in her
A New Tradition, Westwind Reflections
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 19, 2016.On a very rainy Friday in late February, 65 people stood staring up at me as I made some final announcements from the back of a truck. The trees were dripping and the puddles were getting bigger by the second. We were about to embark on the last leg of our journey to Camp Westwind, no more
How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 19, 2016.Putting on your rain boots, tromping through tall grasses, searching and exploring the squishy world of wetlands will inspire both your kids and your sense of wonder. Wetlands play a role in your everyday life cleaning and collecting water, but sometimes we forget to seek them out as nature’s playground. After a recent hike at
Stopping LNG Export through Oregon: Both Projects Collapse!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 18, 2016.By Ted Gleichman They seemed insurmountable at first: two massive methane export projects in under-employed Oregon, one on the south bank of the Lower Columbia, and the other grabbing a struggling industrial port on the southern Oregon Coast. Each $7 billion-plus plan required hundreds of miles of new pipelines, feeding fracked gas from the Rockies […]
Engaging Employees and Effecting Positive Change: The Joinery’s Story
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 18, 2016.
Next week we will be launching our newest discussion course, Sustainability Works: Rethinking Business As Usual, which will offer the information and inspiration needed to engage businesses and organizations in advancing their sustainability goals. Today we are excited to tell the Joinery‘s story.… Read More!
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Wrangling the masses at University of Portland
By Randi Orth from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 15, 2016.Every season Friends of Trees has the pleasure of working with University of Portland and their Campus Volunteer Coordinator (CVC), who recruits students to plant and teach others to plant trees in Portland neighborhoods. We had a blast this season working with the current CVC, Alina, whose passion for planting trees and commitment to getting students connected leaves us inspired! Read Alina’s […]
Politicians Can't Clearcut to Prosperity
By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 15, 2016.
Politicians in western Oregon counties have been complaining for years that tax dollars are scarce and they can’t balance their budgets. Their solution? Flush those scarce tax dollars down the toilet on a harebrained scheme to sue the federal government and increase clearcutting on public lands.
This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unveiled a new plan for 2.6 million acres of national public lands in western Oregon. We’re currently sifting through the 1500 page document so we can break down its ramifications, and will be sharing our summary soon, but the short story is that the BLM’s plan weakens protections for old growth forests and streams in order to increase logging levels by 37%.
Western Oregon politicians who value timber industry campaign contributions over clean water, healthy communities, wildlife, and the hundreds of millions of dollars generated by recreation on BLM lands are outraged. They are arguing for an unrealistic plan that would increase logging by more than double current levels and be completely incompatible with bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act. The counties have hired a high-powered Portland law firm, and anticipate the legal fees will be $530,000. Lane County has opted in for $84,000, and other counties are lining up to join in too.
We can’t help but wonder what better uses those funds could go towards.
As Oregon’s economy continues to transform from resource-extraction based industries to more modern sectors like technology and recreation, and as its demographics shift, a return to the days of the clearcut epidemic on public lands is not the answer to county budget woes.
County politicians need to hear from you. Please consider submitting a letter to the editor or guest opinion piece to your local newspaper on the value of our backyard BLM forests. Here are some guidelines and contact information for submitting a letter to your local newspaper. We encourage you to make your letter your own - just remember to make it concise.
Some talking points to consider including:
- I’m disappointed to see that the BLM’s proposed management plan shortchanges wildlife, clean water, and ancient forests, while increasing intense logging that harms streams and scars the landscape.
- Our County Commissioners are allocating precious budget resources to litigating the BLM plan that increases logging by 37% and doubles county income from logging. Instead of calling for increased clearcutting that will negatively impact our property values, clean water, recreational opportunities, and fish and wildlife, the County should be working on diversifying our local economy and finding a way to balance the budget without pillaging our public forests.
- Our BLM backyard forests belong to all of us - not just the few who want to make a buck. These forests, the streams that run through them, and the fish and wildlife that call them home are a public resource enjoyed for their many benefits like clean water, scenic beauty, and a variety of forms of recreation.
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 15, 2016.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Inexplicable Decision to Reverse Course on Protecting Rare Forest Mammal
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 14, 2016.Agency abruptly withdraws proposed rule that would have protected the Pacific fisher under the Endangered Species Act.
Tips for Safe Paddling on the Tualatin River
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 14, 2016.On April 12, 2016 a kayaker was rescued from the Tualatin River 1/2 mile downstream of Cook Park by TVFR and Clackamas rescue teams. Those familiar with this stretch of the river know that this shallow location always has current. At springtime flow levels, the kayaker was unable to paddle upstream. She was wearing a […]
National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities
By aberman from News. Published on Apr 14, 2016.On April 14, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect imperiled salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales. In its biological opinion (BiOp), NMFS concludes that FEMA’s flood insurance program violates the Endangered Species Act by subsidizing development in floodplains that jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales and adversely modifies the designated critical habitat of anadromous fish species in Oregon. The BiOp includes a list of reforms FEMA should implement that will not only protect federally listed salmon, steelhead, and killer whales but will also reduce flood risks to people and property.
2016 Fruit & Native Plant Giveaway
By Dave from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 13, 2016.This year our largest partner in this annual fundraiser is unable to donate fruit trees. Fruit trees, like all agricultural crops, are susceptible to seasonal pressures such as weather, demand and other market forces, such as a booming economy: There are no unsold trees to glean. For this year’s event, on April 23rd, we have […]
National Wetlands Month Calendar of Events
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 12, 2016.Celebrate National Wetlands Month! There are talks, walks, birding and volunteering events happening and we want to see you there! Bring your friends and family and celebrate your local wetlands. Keep checking back, we will continue to add events!
#mywetland Photo Contest
By Kendra Manton from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 12, 2016.Share your love, share your photos! Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram Tag us! Instagram tag @wetlandsconservancy Facebook tag @thewetlandsconservancy Use our hashtag #mywetland There are lots of ways to celebrate this month find out how!
National News: April 11, 2016
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Apr 12, 2016.
US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter
By aberman from News. Published on Apr 11, 2016.On Wednesday April 7, the US Army Corps and USDA Wildlife Services began shooting Double-crested Cormorants near East Sand Island. Federal agents in boats are using shotguns to shoot birds out of the sky as they fly and forage in the Columbia River Estuary. Conservation groups have expressed deep disappointment that the Federal Government would initiate the 2016 killing season despite the fact that the federal court has indicated that it hoped to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016.
High Desert Speaker Series Wraps with New Look at Old Favorite: the John Day
By email@example.com from Press Releases. Published on Apr 11, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series concludes in Portland on April 25th at 7 p.m. with the talk, Hidden Wonders of the John Day, by ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon.
High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend
By firstname.lastname@example.org from Press Releases. Published on Apr 11, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend takes place on April 26 at 7 p.m. with a special presentation from ONDA Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Founders of NWEI
By David Macek from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 11, 2016.
This week’s post comes from NWEI’s new Executive Director, David Macek, who recently had the opportunity to sit down with NWEI Founders Dick and Jeanne Roy. Enjoy! And, if you happen to be in the Portland area – join David… Read More!
The Political Double-Standard for Wolves
By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 08, 2016.
I hope you’ll bear with me for the following hypothetical scenario:
A controversial infrastructure project is being considered by Oregon’s Department of Transportation. There is intense public interest of the project, with 95% of public comments disapproving. While state law requires such projects to be evaluated by an unbiased peer review panel to be improved and revised before submitting to the Transportation Commission for a vote, in the name of political expediency, ODOT bureaucrats sidestep that review process.
Although government watchdogs call foul, and over two dozen experts have expressed concerns, the project has the backing of the state’s political establishment and is presented to the Transportation Commission for a vote. Commissioners, some with undeclared conflicts of interest to the project, vote to approve it, knowing that ODOT has abridged the obligatory review. As scrutiny on the project mounts, involved political groups appear to recognize that the agency has overstepped its authority and appeal to the Oregon Legislature. They propose a bill to retroactively single out and rewrite the law regarding review for this particular project. The regular sausage making and special interest deals that drive the political process prevail and result in postmortem standards that shield a broken ODOT process from any legal scrutiny or public accountability.
Obviously, in a state as sensitive to government ethics and transparency as Oregon, one would expect there would be an outpouring of criticism for the process, the political machinations, and backroom deals cut to bully this project forward. But it doesn’t happen. The powers that be are satisfied with the outcome, so it doesn’t matter how broken the route was that led to the project moving forward.
Unfortunately, this scenario isn’t really hypothetical.
Rather than the controversy being a state transportation project, the preceding sequence of events describes how gray wolves were stripped of their endangered species protections by the state wildlife agency, and how the legislature voted to shield that agency from the fact that it broke the law. Because wolves are easy scapegoats in certain political circles, the scandal is acceptable, even vigorously defended. In an attempt to misdirect the conversation, lawmakers and their political allies have pointed the finger at environmental and government watchdog groups that have advocated that the state obey its own laws. Wolves, they argue, are a special case, and therefore above any obligation for meaningful legal or scientific process.
The controversy over wolf delisting is exactly the type of backroom political scandal Governor Kate Brown promised to combat. She came into office pledging a new era of transparency and government accountability. It is disheartening that otherwise reasonable and well-intentioned people from the Governor and her wildlife commissioners to state lawmakers are willing to apply a double standard to wolves that would be unacceptable in any other political realm. If she had been truly committed to making good on the promise of honest government, wolves wouldn't have been left behind.
West Coast Forage Fish Protections Mean Big Things for Seabirds
By aberman from News. Published on Apr 05, 2016.After more than three years of hard work, Audubon Society of Portland and our partners, including Pew Charitable Trusts, Audubon California, Oceana, and Audubon Washington, have secured a huge win for forage fish species. As of May 4, 2016, dozens of forage fish species will gain federal protection under a new rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Join Us In Taking Action for Earth Day!
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 05, 2016.
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, with over 20 million Americans from all walks of life taking part. The event is largely credited with launching the modern environmental movement, with the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act,… Read More!
Thank You River Connections Sponsors
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 05, 2016.Thank You Premier Community Bank, Metro, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Backyard Bird Shops, and NW Natural.
Oregonians in Action Propose UGB Name Change
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 01, 2016.
Last month, Oregonians in Action proposed a language change for statewide documents.
A Eulogy for OR-4
By rob from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 31, 2016.
We met three times, but I imagine that I barely registered in his life.
To him I was no more than an occasional scent on his trail or the source of a tortured imitation of a howl.
But to me, no nonhuman animal ever has been or likely ever will be as important or consequential in my life as OR4.
He escaped kill orders and poachers. He endured at least 4 collarings and he beat the odds. There aren’t many ten year old wolves out there. Today there is one less.
OR4 was shot and killed today. And it hurts. Anyone celebrating his death, the killing of his likely pregnant partner, and two of his pups, must have a hardened heart indeed.
He became a symbol for those who revere wolves as well as for those who hate them and hate the wild. Even some of the most cynical wolf haters paid him begrudging respect.
He was imperfect. He challenged us. He was loud. But he was tough and he was tenacious. He was resilient, and he was a good father.
OR4 and his partners OR2 and a wolf known as “Limpy” leave behind an unparalleled legacy. His offspring include OR7, the first pups in California in nearly a century, OR3, and wolves both known and unknown quietly living their lives and retaking their rightful place on the Oregon landscape.
He never set paw in Salem or DC, but for better and worse, he had more impact on policy and politics than any animal I know of other than Cecil the Lion.
He also leaves behind questions. Lots of questions. Questions about our future - the future of his offspring...and ours.
Above all, as I heard the helicopter take off near my home this morning, I wondered if our society will leave room for the wild on the landscape…and in our hearts.
Despite his collars and dayglo ear tags, OR4 was wild.
OR4 is dead, and we killed him.
But we’ll keep fighting for his legacy as imperfectly and tenaciously as he did.
The story of Oregon’s biggest and baddest wolf didn't end in “happily ever after”. But the story for wolves and those of us who value the wild is still not fully written. It’s a new chapter. I’m no starry-eyed optimist. So I'll stubbornly cling to hope and tenacity.
The alternative is surrender. OR4 was no quitter. And we shouldn't be either.
And he was annoying to those who hate the wild. We should be too.
Dispelling the Myth of UGB's and Affordability
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 30, 2016.
Land Use Regulations and Income Segregation
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 30, 2016.
Do Strict Land Use Regulations Make Metropolitan Areas More Segregated by Income?
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 29, 2016.
National News: March 27, 2016
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 27, 2016.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dian Odell
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 25, 2016.Dian Odell has been volunteering with the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club since August 2014. She comes in twice a week to help out in the office. “Usually entry of donations and event attendance into Helen (the central Sierra Club database), preparing for mailings, research, procedure documentation. But also computer support, ‘cleaning’, optimizing, [and] upgrading,” Dian […]
Oregon Wild Madness!
By jonathan from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 24, 2016.
It's March and that means it's time for the fourth annual Oregon Wild Madness!
But before we tip off, you should know that not all "madness" is created equal.
For instance, earlier this year we all witnessed the kind of madness that fueled the armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and continues to call for privatizing public lands across Oregon and the West. That’s not the kind of unhinged craziness we’re talking about.
Meanwhile, as a fun play on college basketball’s March Madness, Oregon Wild Madness is all about celebrating Oregon's amazing public lands - from the Three Sisters Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park to the Wild & Scenic McKenzie River and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge!
In March Madness, fans all across the country are rooting for Badgers, Wildcats, and (of course!) Ducks. But in Oregon Wild Madness, the special places that these critters (and many more!) call home are facing off to see which one becomes the champion of public lands. March Madness may have the Blue Devils, but Oregon Wild Madness features the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Proposal! And instead of cheering from the sidelines, you're part of the action because you choose the winners!
No matter which special places get your vote, if you chip in $10 or more to support our work to protect Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters, you could win a basketball autographed by the entire 2015-2016 Portland Trail Blazers team!
As Oregonians, valuing our public lands is part of our DNA - from Steens Mountain and the Ochocos to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and Crater Lake. So please celebrate your favorites by voting in this year's Oregon Wild Madness (we even made a bracket you can download and print).
Inspired by college basketball's annual tournament, this is a fun way to shine the spotlight on 32 of Oregon's most amazing public lands! And just like March Madness, we've grouped this year's title hopefuls into four regions:
Wilderness - From the Eagle Cap to Opal Creek, these special places enjoy the highest level of permanent protections.
National Wildlife Refuges - Birds and fish statewide are huge fans of the special spots in this region, which provide critical habitat for countless native and migratory species. And don't forget the only national antelope refuges in the country!
Monuments and Recreation Areas - From volcanoes to the Oregon Dunes, this region boasts some of the best exploring in the state!
Proposed Wilderness - The locales featured in this region are truly among the most breathtaking in the all the land. From Crater Lake to the Owyhee Canyonlands, these places never cease to amaze. Unfortunately, each of them are facing a variety of threats and that's why Oregon Wild and partner groups are working overtime to get these places the permanent Wilderness protections they deserve.
So vote for your favorite spots, please consider chipping in to support our work to protect all the special places featured in this year’s Oregon Wild Madness, and (if you want a fun way to decide which of Oregon’s great wild places to explore this year), print out a bracket and see who makes your “Wild Four!”
Revolutionizing Oregon: the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan becomes law
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 24, 2016.By Francesca Varela Nearly every day I hear news about climate change, and usually it’s not good. Just the other day I read something about how temperatures are rising more quickly than predicted; how the rate at which the seas will rise has probably been underestimated. I’ve been reading about water rationing, and superstorms; stagnant […]
Upholding the Legacy
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 23, 2016.I grew up in New England with a forest outside my back door, but my grandparents […]
By guest from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 21, 2016.
By Eleanor Solomon
Imagine yourself in your house. Now, imagine that you can never leave your house or you will risk getting run over by a car, or getting shot. Out your window you can see all your neighbor’s houses, and you want to talk to your neighbors, but they can’t leave their houses either. You and everyone else in the neighborhood are stuck in your houses, for the rest of your lives, until perhaps someone brave enough leaves her house and risks her life to reach other people. Pretty horrible, right? This is the situation many wild animals are in today.
Of course, wild animals do not have homes or neighborhoods. But they do have something called a home range. A home range is the place animals normally inhabit to find food and mates. Animals need their home range to live safely and healthfully. Roosevelt Elk, a type of elk that lives in the Cascades, have a home range of about three to six square miles. Fishers, which are a member of the weasel family, have a home range of about ten square miles. Wolves have an astonishing home range of 200 to 500 square miles.
In urban areas, parks and pieces of green are typically isolated from each other. Wild animals that might be in these natural areas have no way of reaching other animals and other food. They are all trapped in their tiny pieces of land. This is called habitat fragmentation.
There are two main types of habitat fragmentation: natural fragmentation and human fragmentation. Natural fragmentation is caused by natural events such as rivers changing course, wildfires, flooding, or avalanches. When natural fragmentation occurs, the organisms in the ecosystem are usually able to adapt to the fragmentation because they have evolved to be able to survive natural disturbances. Natural fragmentation is also usually temporary because plants will recolonize a disturbed area, making it easier for other species to return.
Human fragmentation, on the other hand, is more permanent. Human fragmentation is caused by man-made developments such as roads, croplands, residential development, and commercial development. When houses are built, it is impossible for plants to recolonize and for other animals to return.
A simple solution to the problem of human habitat fragmentation is to improve animals’ access to wildlife corridors.
A wildlife corridor is a path that animals and plants use to travel between habitats. These connections help wild animals find mates and maintain genetic diversity within a species. When genetic diversity is low, a species is vulnerable to disease and is less able to adapt to its environment. Connections between habitats are essential for the health of species within habitats.
But wildlife corridors are often obstructed by barriers, usually roads. When animals can’t get through a wildlife corridor, they can’t reach other habitats to find mates, and their genetic diversity plummets. In order to prevent this, a wildlife crossing provides a path through the barrier and lets animals cross safely through the corridor. These crossings can take the form of crossings under or over a highway, waterways and streams, urban greenways, and vegetated pathways.
Wildlife crossings could help several species survive in the US. For instance, in Southern California, cougars are extremely scarce. The Santa Monica Mountains, west of Los Angeles, are believed to contain a total of six cougars, and of these only two are males. US 101, an eight-to-ten-lane highway, makes up the northern boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains. Only two cougars have successfully crossed the 101 highway and made it in or out of the Santa Monica Mountains. Six cougars is not enough to make a healthy population, and many Californians believe the cougar population will die out as a result. State officials are planning a wildlife crossing to help the cougars cross the highway. The crossing would be the first in California, shown above. The cougars may yet have a chance if this crossing is built.
Some wildlife corridors connect entire regions. A wildlife corridor in North America connects the Yukon Territory in Canada to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Yellowstone is renowned for its diverse and abundant wildlife, but the animals in it were isolated and unable to mix with other animals outside of the park. In 1993, in order to maintain these animals’ genetic diversity, people began to carve out a path for a wildlife corridor between Yellowstone and the Yukon Territory in Canada. The corridor spans a migration route that animals have followed for more than 6,000 years. Additionally, the Yukon Territory has abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, that if connected to Yellowstone could improve Yellowstone’s biodiversity greatly.
Since the corridor was improved, the target species of the corridor, grizzly bears, have traveled through the corridor toward each other from each region, and they are the closest they have been to one another in 100 years. In the picture below, region 8 contains a healthy population of grizzly bears that have steadily been moving downwards into Montana, and towards the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is region 11. The Yellowstone to Yukon project aims to finally connect the divided grizzly bears in coming years.
In 2012, the only wildlife crossing in Oregon was built. It crosses under Highway 97, near Bend, and its target species is the mule deer, a type of deer whose habitat and population had been decreasing. Mule deer in the Cascades spend the summer in the high Cascades, and then migrate east, across Highway 97. The busy highway, however, blocked their way, and when they attempted to cross they were often killed. Since it was built, a variety of species including deer, bears, elk, cougars, and moose have crossed under the Oregon bridge an estimated 150,000 times. Also, the addition of a wildlife crossing underneath the highway has helped to greatly reduce the number of traffic fatalities.
There is a great need for more wildlife crossings in Oregon. The wolf population in Oregon, currently at less than 80 known adult wolves, is located primarily in the northeastern corner of the state in and around the Wallowa Mountains. Interstate 84 cuts across the corner of the state where the wolves are located, and many believe the reason for the wolves’ restricted habitation in Oregon is because of Interstate 84. The highway is difficult and dangerous to cross, and as a result makes it difficult for wolves to reach the rest of the state. Wolves are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Recall that wolves have a home range of 200 to 500 miles. In order to expand the population of wolves in Oregon, constructing several wildlife crossings over I-84 seems critical.
Victory! Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Denied
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 18, 2016.By Francesca Varela How does this sound for a bad-news proposal? Stretch a 232-mile pipeline across forests and backyards, old-growth cedars and mushroom-sided streams, halfway across the state. Gouge the forest. Scar it. Fill said pipeline with natural gas—one of the dirtiest fuels available to us. Build a terminal in Coos Bay. Convert natural gas […]
Volunteer Spotlight: FERC rejects Jordan Cove LNG!!!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 18, 2016.(Here’s how it happened: Three and a Half Zeros, Plus a Minus) By Ted Gleichman Among the most important values of Sierra Club to our planet and society are effective grassroots action, long-term attention to detail, and structured commitment to change. With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s astounding decision against the Jordan Cove LNG export […]
2016 Legislative Wrap-up: Victory on Coal and Clean Energy!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 17, 2016.It was a whirlwind session of the Oregon Legislature for 4 weeks of February (and 3 days of March). Sierra Club staff worked hard to track bills, provide testimony, and meet with legislators in Salem to advocate for renewable energy, wildlife protection, our state forests, and more. And though there were some real disappointments out […]
The Oregon Forests Resources Institute: “Government Agency” Of, By, and For the Timber Industry
By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 15, 2016.
You've probably seen this commercial.
It opens with two men who introduce themselves as Bob and Kirk: they are standing in a lovely stream with seemingly lush forests shading either side. Holding a glass of water, they explain to you that Oregon has “strong laws” that protect “cool, shady streams.” They even say that protecting water is “the right thing to do.” As Bob and Kirk go on to tell us about Oregon’s strong logging laws, the camera flies over the river, showing how clean it is, showing salmon in the water, and finally Bob drinks the water.
This “Bob & Kirk” commercial, like many others you may have seen in the last year, is from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (we call them OFRI), which is entirely controlled by the timber industry. These commercials seek to convince Oregonians that logging rules in Oregon are strong, when in fact they are considered the weakest in the region. These commercials claim that Oregon’s laws protect “clean cool water,” when in fact many streams, including the one Bob and Kirk are standing in, regularly violate cold water and pollution standards. The weak regulations for industrial logging on private and State owned lands are based on the Oregon Forest Practices Act, and do little to protect Oregonians, or their drinking water, from the damaging effects of industrial logging.
This is the watershed Bob & Kirk are standing in. It is full of clearcuts, many of which go right over streams. 2/3rds of Oregon's stream network has no protections from clearcut logging or aerial spray.
So what is the OFRI and why are they producing these deceptive ads?
This is how taxes collected from logging corporations
are distributed. Almost all taxes paid by the timber industry are used
for the direct benefit of . . . you guessed it--the timber industry!
OFRI is actually a “Government Agency” which is entirely funded and controlled by the timber industry. As discussed in this Portland Tribune article, the board of OFRI is controlled by timber companies, and they are making a habit out of ignoring science -- and reality -- in their efforts to advertise the products of Oregon’s forest products industry.
Tax money that could be going to support schools and infrastructure in Oregon counties is instead going to advertise corporate products with commercials online and during television programming like the Super Bowl. This means that while some Oregon Counties are partnering with timber companies to sue the State of Oregon to demand more logging, millions of dollars in tax revenue collected from the timber industry every year goes to advertise their own product and mislead the public about their environmentally devastating practices. Since 2014, OFRI has spent more than 3.5 million dollars of the over $10 million in tax dollars it has collected on advertising designed to tell Oregonians a one sided story.
|Washington and California collect more taxes from the timber industry than Oregon and timber taxes in Oregon largely go to benefit the industry, not the Counties they operate in, or the communities whose infrastructure they impact so heavily.|
Who’s really running the show at the Oregon Forest Resources Institute?
It is pretty obvious who benefits from the misleading “educational outreach” on which OFRI is spending millions of dollars a year: just look at who sits on the board of directors for OFRI. It turns out that Oregon’s timber harvest is not dominated by local logging outfits facing accountability from the communities in which they operate. Instead, the timber industry in Oregon is largely owned and operated by multinational corporations and investment firms, here are some examples of who is calling the shots in how timber these timber taxes are spent:
After their recent acquisition of Plum Creek (another enormous clearcutting operation) Weyerhaeuser is worth over $23 billion, and owns more than 13 million acres of land. Weyerhaeuser regularly donates tens of thousands of dollars to the Oregon Forest Industries Council, the timber industry lobbying group who recently sent both their President and Vice President to the Board of Forestry to argue against science that clearly showed Oregon’s forest laws are leading to high stream temperatures that kill fish and violate standards.
Stimson, another timber giant, did a great job of demonstrating just how weak Oregon’s logging laws are when they helped to clearcut over 80% of the watershed that provides drinking water to the community of Rockaway Beach. After clearcutting directly over streams that feed the community’s water supply, Rockaway had to spend millions to upgrade water treatment facilities. Check out this short film about Rockaway Beach. Stimson and other logging companies aren’t held accountable for the damage they do to communities, in large part because their operations are legal under Oregon law. Stimson spent nearly $200,000 ( Source: ORESTAR) in the last 2 years on political spending in Oregon, sending all that cash to groups such as the I Will Vote Like a Republican Should Committee and the Oregon Forest Industries Council, who is helping pay for that lawsuit against the State of Oregon.
GreenWood Resources has nearly 1 billion in timber assets. Tied to Wall Street investment firms, they look at our backyard forests and see dollar signs for investors. This company is a prime example of a concerning trend of Oregon’s forest ownership. In the last 2 decades, over 85% of the nation's timberlands have changed hands, often bought up by multinational corporations. According to Ernie Niemi, President of Natural Resource Economics, this has a negative impact on Oregon’s communities. Mr. Niemi explains:
“Instead of being owned by a local family that realizes some responsibility to the members of its community, those lands are now owned by large corporations, by insurance companies or by other major investors that are solely managing those lands to generate short term income for the shareholders of the company."
These are only a few examples from the eleven seats on OFRI’s board of directors that are filled by timber interests. These corporations, and others like them, have been tasked and funded by the Oregon Legislature to:
“...enhance collaboration among forest scientists, public agencies, community organizations, conservation groups and forest landowners; to provide objective information about responsible forest management; and to encourage environmentally sound forest practices through training and other educational programs.”
Despite this clear mandate requiring OFRI to work with scientists, community organizations and conservation groups, the agency continues to focus on industry talking points and products, and has no scientific or conservation representation on their Board of Directors. OFRI isn’t doing outreach and education about the science that recently led the U.S. EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to cut off over a million dollars in federal funding because “Oregon hasn’t done enough to prevent pollution from forestry practices like logging and road building.” In fact, OFRI is out there using tax dollars to mislead Oregonians into thinking the exact opposite.
It is time to take a close look at this agency and their spending. It is time for Oregon to be honest with itself about what this industry is doing to our forests. Oregon can take the lead in forest practices and set the example for the world on how to keep forests working, while standing up for the health and safety of our citizens, our water, and our climate.
For more information about industrial logging on Oregon's privately owned forestlands, check out the Private Forests Profile on our website.
Sign our online petition to tell Governor Kate Brown "It's time to reform the Oregon harmful logging practices!"
To get connected with Oregon Wild, and let us keep you updated on this issue, as well as what’s really going on with Oregon’s drinking water, aerial pesticide spraying, landslides, and other ways Oregon’s logging laws are failing the people, and failing the planet. Sign up here.
National News: March 14, 2016
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 13, 2016.
Feds reject Jordan Cove LNG terminal
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Mar 11, 2016.Federal regulators have rejected plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay. On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied applications from two Delaware companies to site the massive Jordan Cove Energy Project in the Southern Oregon coastal town.
41st Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!
By Dave from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 04, 2016.Join Home Orchard Society – Sunday, March 20th, 10am - 4pm. Clackamas County Fairgrounds - 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR This event will be held at the main pavilion at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. In a few short hours, we’ll sell hundreds of rootstocks, give away thousands of scions, graft untold numbers of trees, complete our […]
A Successful Campaign for Clean Water and Great Beer
By marielle from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 03, 2016.
It’s a powerful thing when local businesses stand up for the environment, especially when they’re advocating for something as essential as water.
Oregonians rank water as a top environmental priority, which makes sense; the tap water for two-thirds of Oregonians is sourced from our state’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Water is also the primary ingredient in craft beer, a product that continues to define Oregon culture and grow as an important sector of our economy.
And yet water, that element we all require to live, thrive, and brew great beer, is all too often threatened. That’s why Oregon Wild and the Oregon Environmental Council teamed up for the first-ever Weekend for Water campaign in January 2016. We asked local breweries across the state to stand up for the water they need to brew great beer by raising money and awareness in a two-day event.
Thanks to participation from twelve breweries across the state, Weekend for Water was a huge success. Ninkasi Brewing kicked off the campaign with a Thursday “Pints for a Cause” event on January 28th, and weekend-long participants included Laurelwood Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Uptown Market, Culmination Brewing, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, and Gigantic Brewing in the Portland area, Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Standing Stone Brewing in Ashland, Arch Rock Brewing in Gold Beach, and McMenamins at all of their Oregon locations.
In total, partner breweries raised $13,540! Oregon Brewshed® Alliance partner McMenamins also celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Hammerhead IPA that weekend, and supported Weekend for Water efforts with proceeds from that beer statewide, accounting for over $9,000 of funds raised! The contributions will be split evenly between Oregon Wild and the Oregon Environmental Council to support the efforts of both our organizations to protect water sources and water quality.
The Weekend for Water campaign was also a huge success for education and outreach, helping craft beer lovers statewide understand the importance of water in brewing, and the efforts of Oregon Wild and OEC, including Oregon Wild’s Oregon Brewshed® Alliance initiative.
We’re so grateful to all the breweries that participated in the first Weekend for Water, and we look forward to working with them in the future to keep Oregon wild and full of great beer!
Cheers to all of our partners!
Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate
By aberman from News. Published on Mar 03, 2016.Audubon Society of Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we do not endorse candidates. However, we do participate in the election process to ensure that environmental issues are well considered and that the public understands how candidates will approach these issues.
Oregon needs local toxics-reporting laws
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Mar 02, 2016.
By Mary O’Brien and Lisa Arkin It’s important to know when you’re being poisoned by industrial toxic discharges, whether to air, water or land. Some would even say you have a right to know. But how much you can know depends on good laws. Gaps and loopholes in federal and state regulations have allowed stained-glass... Read more »
National News: February 29, 2016
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 28, 2016.
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Report
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Feb 25, 2016.
Takeaways and Tools
The 15th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference was held in Portland from February 11-13, 2016. 1000 Friends staff and Board members played key roles in organizing and presenting in several of the conference workshops, trainings, and tours. The NPSG conference exists to integrate issues of smart growth, health, equity, environment, active transportation, climate change, affordable housing, cultural resources, and more. It brings together non-profit groups and elected officials; professionals in many fields; realtors, developers, bankers; advocates for e
Help Build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Feb 24, 2016.With your contribution of any size, you can help us demonstrate individual support for building the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center to serve state park visitors and the surrounding communities of the John Day watershed.
Nature Day Camp Registration is Now Open
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Feb 23, 2016.REGISTER BY APRIL 15 FOR THE EARLY DISCOUNT Tualatin Riverkeepers’ summer day camp program welcomes youth between the ages of 4 and 13. Camps foster an appreciation and love of nature through place-based, hands-on experiential learning: lessons and activities are designed to develop campers’ self-confidence, problem solving skills, and understanding of their ecological niche. While […]
Timber’s fallen: Efforts show promise for working conditions in Oregon forestry
By John Jordan-Cascade from Beyond Toxics. Published on Feb 18, 2016.
PART III | Advocates, reforestation operators say effective policy changes will need to come from the top down by Emily Green | 18 Feb 2016 This is Part III of a three-part series on the working conditions and treatment of Oregon’s immigrant forestry workers. Marko Bey was sitting in on the squatters’ movement and organizing... Read more »
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The View from My Desk
By Megan Selvig from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Feb 18, 2016.I have an office job…in the middle of the woods. I am a year-round resident of […]
On the Linn County Lawsuit
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 16, 2016.You know when you drive to the coast, like out to Cannon Beach or Tillamook, and you pass by those clear-cuts? There’s a thin layer of trees in front of them—a disguise of sorts—but if you look past them, through those dark branches, you can see whole fields of dry, broken, dirt, painfully bright and […]
National News: February 15, 2016
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 14, 2016.
Big Bad Wolf Bill Moves Forward
By Lena from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 12, 2016.
The bill to strip legal protection from Oregon wolves, HB 4040, passed the House this morning with a final tally of 33 yes, 23 no, 4 absent. While disappointing, the hard work of wildlife lovers like you convinced two thirds of Democratic Representatives to vote "NO" on this bad legislation. Now we must turn our focus to the Senate.
Right now, the most important next step advocates can take is to call and write their state Senator. Find yours here: bit.ly/lookupleg
When you contact your state Senator, you can say: “Hi, my name is __________, I am Senator _____’s constituent, and I ask that the Senator vote no on HB 4040. It is bad for wolves and sets a dangerous precedent for ignoring science in endangered species conservation.”
This bill could move quickly in the Senate. Speak for wolves by telling your Senator "NO" on HB 4040 today!
PS: After you contact your Senator, find out how your Representative voted today, and send a “thank you” or a message of disappointment.
High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend
By email@example.com from Press Releases. Published on Feb 12, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend on March 15 at 7 p.m. when Chuck Gates, founding board member of the East Cascades Bird Conservancy, will present details of the lives and behaviors of the many fascinating birds that call Oregon’s high desert home.
Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
By aberman from News. Published on Feb 11, 2016.February 11, 2016: The last occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities this morning, ending the illegal armed occupation of Malheur. Audubon Society of Portland appreciates law enforcement officials who worked to bring this illegal occupation to a close, Malheur Refuge staff and their families who were displaced by this occupation, and the local community who strongly rejected this occupation.
Thankful for the end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover
By Lindsay Jones from Press Releases. Published on Feb 11, 2016.As the media trucks pull out and the wheels of justice move forward, the Oregon Natural Desert Association vows to remain committed to the health and welfare of the Malheur Refuge.
The Hardesty Wildlands need your help!
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 05, 2016.What’s happened to all the wild places? While once the whole world was wild, now we’re left only with dark pockets. Again and again we return to these hidden, mossy stream-sides, because we intrinsically feel better there. There’s something about the wind circling through high hemlock canopies, and the impacted delicacy of wet soil that […]
Investing in the Future: The Healthy Climate Bill and the Coal Transition Plan
By Francesca G. Varela from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 04, 2016.When I was a kid, teachers always gave us the same piece of environmental advice: reduce, reuse, recycle. The emphasis was always on what we could do as individuals. We could pick up litter. We could recycle cans and bottles. We could donate our old clothes. If everyone did these small things, they would add […]
ONDA to release its 2016 calendar of guided restoration trips
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Feb 01, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association offers guided restoration trips throughout eastern Oregon every year. Registration for this year's slate of trips opens Friday, Feb. 12.
National News: February 1, 2016
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 31, 2016.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Awards up to $6 Million Grant for Collaborative Conservation to Improve Aquatic Health and Wetlands in Harney County
By aberman from News. Published on Jan 29, 2016.The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) voted Tuesday (January 26, 2016) to allocate more than $1.6 million to support a diverse partnership working to improve habitat values and water quality in Malheur Lake and other Harney Basin wetlands.
2016 Legislative Agenda
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jan 27, 2016.
It's time for inclusionary zoning, a healthy climate, and affordable housing for all Oregonians
Legislative Update: February 24, 2016
Community Development as a Planning Priority
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jan 27, 2016.
Seattle shares lessons learned with Portlanders combating displacement and gentrification
1000 Friends hosted Community Development Manager Nora Liu, from Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development and Ryan Curren, Former Program Manager of Seattle’s Office of Housing for an informal conversation about how to include anti-displacement and affordability in city planning. Anti-Displacement PDX (ADPDX) Coalition Members joined us to have an illuminating conversation.
Oregon Wild Ones Adopt a Wolf
By guest from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jan 22, 2016.
By Keith Larson
Well holiday season has come and gone, but not without celebration. To end ’15, the Oregon Wild Ones -- a community of activists organized around protecting Oregon’s native wildlife – gathered for festivities and cheer at one of our favorite, local brew pubs. While many Christmas soiree would include a little gift giving, Stephanie Taylor had another idea. As opposed to everyone throwing around a few ducketts for some meaningless white elephant gift, she thought better to be adopt a wolf from Wolf Haven International.
Located outside Tenino, WA, Wolf Haven “is a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for 200 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982.” Wolf Haven offers a variety of educational programs, the opportunity to see wolves up close, and also advocates for wolves in the wild.
With 29 wolves, we had to make a choice on which one. After tallying up some votes, our decision was made. We decided on a young female by the name of Ione. Ione was named after a town in NE Washington where she hailed from.
Ione’s story is a bit different than the others, as she is the only wolf at the sanctuary that has once lived wild. She was born to the Smackout Pack in 2011. In 2013, the Alpha Male fell victim to a vehicle, shortly after that the pack dispersed. She traveled with a sister until ’14, when her sister’s life was cut short to the same fate as their fathers. Alone now, and in search of companionship, she found herself visiting ranches around the town, though she wasn’t there for a meal. She was repeatedly found sleeping outside of dogs kennels, or curled up in a barn.
Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife had two options of dealing with this particular situation: lethal removal, or relocating. Neither seemed viable. She wasn’t guilty of anything wrong, but would sure find her way back if removed. That’s when Wolf Haven stepped in and took the chance of bringing a wild wolf into their home.
Our hats are tipped to our friends at the Wolf Haven for the superb work they do. Thank you!
Learn more about Wolf Haven at wolfhaven.org
KS Wild Joins Statewide Actions to Support Public Lands
By Amy from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 21, 2016."We're going to be positive. We're going to be peaceful and we're going to talk about how much we love public lands."
BLM disagrees with O&C's timber harvest goals
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 18, 2016.The Bureau of Land Management says it isn't mandated to offer up timber harvest of 500 million board feet identified in the 1937 O&C; Act, because its analysis shows that isn't sustainable.
National News: January 18, 2016
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 18, 2016.
Update: Malheur Refuge occupation
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 14, 2016.ONDA condemns the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and adamantly urges our elected officials to take a leadership role in reaching a swift, peaceful resolution to this unprecedented act of hostility.
High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 14, 2016.Registration is now open for the next installment of the Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speakers Series in Bend. Dr. Dennis Jenkins, senior staff archaeologist for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, will take the audience on a trip through nearly 14,000 years of human history in eastern Oregon.
Homesteader: The Precipice of a Huge Loss
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 13, 2016.Over 1600 Oregonians voiced their disapproval of clearcutting old growth as part of the Homesteader timber sale in the Clatsop State Forest. It is obvious that the loss of trees that survived the Tillamook Burn and a century of logging would be devastating, but is important to get an up-close view of what we lose […]
More than 100 protest at Medford meeting on Jordan Cove, Pacific Connector projects
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 12, 2016.Locals concerned about the environmental impacts of a natural gas pipeline through Oregon and an export facility on the Oregon Coast rallied outside Rogue Regency Inn this afternoon. The rally was held prior to a public open house at the hotel organized by the Oregon Department of State Lands to take comments on permit applications for removal and fill-in of natural waterways for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Project.
$1,000 reward offered for info on ancient juniper
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 11, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association, Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and Juniper Group of the Sierra Club are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for chopping down an ancient juniper tree in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness.
What’s new for 2016
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 08, 2016.This year we’re celebrating 20 years of Opal Creek Wilderness protection! And we’re celebrating in a […]
Meet our new Program Director!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 08, 2016.Jay Davis just moved to Oregon from Wisconsin, with a background in running experiential education programs […]
Keep Public Lands in Public Hands
By Jospeh Vaile from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 05, 2016.Militants in Oregon are not alone in the effort to sell off public lands. Our own U.S. Congressman has emboldened a movement to seize control of these public lands. Republican Greg Walden recently proposed legislation to give away over a quarter-million acres of National Forest lands right here in southern Oregon and northern California.
Opportunities to Get Involved with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Audubon Society of Portland
By aberman from News. Published on Jan 05, 2016.January 5, 2016: Audubon Society of Portland's connection to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge reaches all the way back to our advocacy for its establishment in 1908. In fact, we were founded in 1902 in part to advocate for Malheur.
ONDA statement on occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by militant extremists
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 04, 2016.The Oregon Natural Desert Association issues a statement regarding the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by militant extremists.
Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
By aberman from News. Published on Jan 03, 2016.January 3, 2016: We hope for a safe, expeditious end to this armed occupation so that myriad of local and non-local stakeholders can continue to work together to restore Malheur in ways that are supportive of both the local ecology and the local economy
Portland Audubon Advocates for Outdoor School for Every Child in Oregon
By aberman from News. Published on Dec 31, 2015.How does a state become a national leader in conservation? By giving youth a foundation in environmental education.
Press Release: McKenzie Camp acquisition
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 30, 2015.The McKenzie River Trust protects clean water and salmon habitat near Blue River following a land acquisition from Rosboro. Continue reading
High Desert Speaker Series Launches in Portland
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Dec 22, 2015.The Oregon Natural Desert Association brings the High Desert Lecture Series for the first time to Oregon's west side. The series in Portland will feature epic journeys, opportunities for adventure and unique insight into eastern Oregon's high desert.
High Desert Speaker Series returns to Bend
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Dec 22, 2015.The 53-mile journey of three women, ages 65-80, will kick off the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series, returning to Bend on January 19 at 7 p.m. The series will kick off with Sagebrush Sisters, a documentary about that hike, and a panel discussion with the three hikers moderated by ONDA Greater Hart-Sheldon Region Coordinator Jeremy Austin.
It’s the trees
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 21, 2015.Thanks to you, an oak woodland and working forest is protected. Continue reading
MESSENGER READERS’ CHOICES, 2015 NONPROFITS
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 18, 2015.KS Wild ties for first place as the Rogue Valley Messengers' Readers' favorite non-profit.
Woodburn UGB Mediation Resolution
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Dec 16, 2015.
On December 14, 2015, the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners completed a joint hearing at Woodburn City Hall. The meeting represents a critical step in bringing Woodburn’s longtime effort to expand it Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to a conclusion.
Eugene struck out with Seneca deal
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Dec 15, 2015.
It’s the bottom of the ninth, and Lane County citizens are down 0-3. From our seats in the nosebleed section of the bleachers, we find our home team facing direct impacts of localized carbon pollution, air quality and the size of our energy bills. During Eugene’s recent cold snap, we shivered as temperatures dropped below... Read more »
Why do we do it?
By katie from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Dec 14, 2015.Our current Program Director, Serena Becker, is moving on in January after a great 5 years […]
Reform Portland’s Tree Code To Preserve Large Healthy Trees
By aberman from News. Published on Dec 11, 2015.Audubon Society of Portland is working with neighbors and tree advocates on reforms to save our city’s large and healthy trees. On January 12 the Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider a stop-gap proposal to help preserve more large and healthy trees by raising mitigation fees for developers. This temporary measure will be put in place to until Title 11’s preservation standards can be reformed.
Prevent Industrial Development in Wildlife Habitat
By aberman from News. Published on Dec 08, 2015.Please help us send a strong message to the Portland City Council that the community supports the approach to industrial lands outlined in the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan which focuses on cleaning up more than 900 acres of contaminated sites, intensifying use of the existing industrial land base, and limiting conversions of industrial land to other uses, rather than converting irreplaceable natural areas to industrial use.
The New Clean Water Service Permit: What would be good for the Tualatin River and our neighborhood creeks?
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Nov 25, 2015.After many years of delay, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is about to renew the permit that allows Clean Water Services (CWS) to discharge wastewater and stormwater to the Tualatin River system. There are some great innovations in the draft permit. Clean Water Services will be permitted to use “natural treatment systems” at Fernhill […]
Remand of Stafford-Area Urban Reserves: Written Testimony
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Nov 24, 2015.
LCDC Remand Order 14-ACK-001867 Metro Ordinance No. 11-1255
Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the matter of the remand from the Court of Appeals’ and the Land Conversation and Development Commission to Metro regarding the designation of the Stafford, Rosemont, Borland, and Norwood areas in Clackamas County as urban reserves under ORS 195.145. We are unable to attend today’s hearing; therefore, we are submitting written testimony and plan to appear at your next hearing on this.
‘Safe Harbors’ for native fish
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 17, 2015.This is part of a series about the MRT members who have played a part in the incredible comeback of Oregon chub. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll share more stories of MRT members who aided the recovery. ‘Safe … Continue reading
Wilderness is a necessity.
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 16, 2015.“Lichen and mushrooms and amphibians, oh my! Opal Creek was an amazing trip, and I have […]
Historic Resolution: City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
By aberman from News. Published on Nov 16, 2015.On November 12, the Portland City Council voted 5-0 to pass a resolution that puts in place the strongest municipal ban on new large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States.
Planning for Eugene's Future
By alyson from The Latest. Published on Nov 13, 2015.
An Overview of The Eugene Planning Process and Next Steps
On October 21, the Eugene city council made a decision that rolls back years of comprehensive planning decisions, by blocking up-zoning of residential areas to accommodate more housing types. The council made its decision before taking public comments, freezing out the people who would be affected by the council’s hasty decision. This impacts current and future residents, threatens surrounding farm and forest lands, and - at the core - constructs an inequitable housing policy that punishes Eugenians who live in multi-family housing types.
GUEST BLOG: Toxics in our Living Rooms
By Elizabeth Reis from Beyond Toxics. Published on Nov 11, 2015.
The comfortable chair that I just bought and sit in for hours each day is giving me a sore throat and making my eyes sting. I know that sounds crazy, but I’ve been experimenting for about a month now, and I can say for certain that after about a half hour of sitting in it... Read more »
The importance of healthy floodplains
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 11, 2015.Because of members like Art and Anita Johnson, we've helped Oregon chub recover. Continue reading
A robust conversation at the Owyhee Town Hall in Adrian, Oregon
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 09, 2015.By Borden Beck, Oregon Chapter High Desert Committee On October 29, I attended a Town Hall meeting in the small town of Adrian, Oregon, to share opinions and information about protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands. Adrian is the last small community before heading south into the vast expanse of the so far relatively undeveloped landscape […]
Your Voice Needed to Pass Historic Ban on Fossil Fuels
By aberman from News. Published on Nov 07, 2015.On November 4 the Portland City Council will consider two resolutions that would put in place the strongest policies against fossil fuel shipments in the country.
Beers Made By Walking comes to Eugene
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 30, 2015.8 local breweries have created beers inspired by hikes on MRT lands, and you can taste the results. Today Continue reading
The little fish that we’d never noticed
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 30, 2015.George Grier and Cynthia Pappas protected their land in 1992. They didn't know then that they would play a critical part in the recovery of Oregon chub. Continue reading
Clearcut 70% of our State Forests? Not the best idea!
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 29, 2015.On October 19th, a subcommittee of the Board of Forestry met to discuss alternative management plans for the Tillamook & Clatsop state forests. Any new plan needs to improve conservation AND make the Department of Forestry financially viable. This ongoing process has been dominated by a timber industry proposal to manage the forest as two […]
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Oct 26, 2015.We’re just about to close our doors for the winter but we’ve already got our sights […]
BLOG: Helicopter herbicide sprays are poisoning Oregon…is it rigged or is it rogue?
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 16, 2015.
Two years ago, there was little public awareness about the common industrial practice of using helicopters to spray thousands of acres of forests with herbicides. That was before the Cedar Valley spray case in which over forty people reported being sickened by exposure to a chemical soup raining down from an aerial herbicide spray. After... Read more »
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Oregon chub makes a comeback
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 15, 2015.Because of members like you, an Oregon native makes a comeback It was the early 1990s. Like many of our native fishes, the Oregon chub was in trouble. Chub lived their lives in the moist backwater channels and sloughs of … Continue reading
Deschutes Brewery showcases high desert photography
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Oct 13, 2015.ONDA debuts its iconic Wild Desert Calendar for 2016 at Deschutes Brewery Public House on Friday, Nov. 6.
Last Call for Jawbone Flats!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Oct 08, 2015.With the leaves turning and the nights getting colder, the end of the 2015 program season […]
Have you seen the new Paddlers’ Map?
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Oct 06, 2015.The new Paddler’s Guide to the Lower Tualatin River is now available at local paddling shops, libraries, and by mail from the Washington County Visitors Association.
Oregon agencies cite multiple pesticide violations and levy fines against helicopter company in a worker whistleblower case
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 05, 2015.
Highly toxics pesticides should not be sprayed on workers, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture concluded that is what Oregon-based Applebee Aviation did to its employees. On September 30, the Department, which is responsible for regulating state and federal pesticide laws, issued a citation revoking the Applebee’s operating license in the state of Oregon and... Read more »
Is Tree Canopy an Environmental Justice Issue?
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Sep 30, 2015.Trees in the urban environment provide a variety of benefits. Various researchers have touted the benefits of tree canopy in cities: cleaner air, stormwater reduction, carbon sequestration, energy savings, higher property values and health benefits.i Some have even found a reduction in crime associated with tree canopy.ii If distribution of these benefits are […]
Green Infrastructure Report Card: Is Tree Canopy an Environmental Justice Issue?
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Sep 30, 2015.Trees in the urban environment provide a variety of benefits. Various researchers have touted the benefits of tree canopy in cities: cleaner air, stormwater reduction, carbon sequestration, energy savings, higher property values and health benefits.i Some have even found a reduction in crime associated with tree canopy.ii If distribution of these benefits are […]
What should cities do about car washing pollution?
By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Sep 22, 2015.Wash water from car washing activities typically contains dirt (sediment), soap (detergent/surfactants), gasoline and motor oil, as well as metals and oil/grease residues from exhaust fumes and brake pads. When this dirty water is allowed to flow into storm drains, it travels directly to our local creeks and rivers without treatment. This pollution can kill […]
Speak up for Oregon’s wolves!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 21, 2015.You may have already heard the news: California is now home to its first known gray wolf pack, dubbed the Shasta Pack, in nearly a century! While biologists are working to determine the origin of the Shasta Pack’s breeding pair, the most likely answer is that they traveled from Oregon. With successful recovery in California […]
Seize The Day; Save The Bay!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 21, 2015.On September 26, there will be a rally in Coos Bay from Noon to 6:00 PM to help raise public awareness of the dangers posed by the proposed Jordon Cove LNG project. The family-friendly event is called “Seize the Day; Save the Bay!” and will highlight the clean environment of the bay and the damage […]
Oregon must address environmental in-justice, starting with a response to a Southern Oregon forum
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Sep 17, 2015.
Poverty, hunger and gang violence in Central America and Mexico have persisted for decades. According to the Pew Research Center, the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula was the murder capital of the world in 2012. This city is where most Honduran children refugees come from when they arrive at America’s borders, sent by their... Read more »
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Another Successful Benefit for Opal Creek!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 15, 2015.The sun beat down unflinchingly and the mercury topped 96 degrees, but nothing could stop our stalwart Opal […]
We are about to get FERC’d
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 15, 2015.The Federal Government Prepares to Bless a Catastrophic LNG Project – Running from Canada to the Columbia by Ted Gleichman We are about to get FERC’d in Northwest Oregon and Western Washington. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the agency responsible for awarding the key Federal permission for major fossil-fuels energy infrastructure projects. FERC […]
The Bee, the Puppy and You!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Sep 09, 2015.
This week national environmental leaders in bee protection, including Beyond Toxics, signed on to letters sent to Ace and True Value Hardware stores asking them to act now to protect bees! Our petition is for Ace and True Value to commit to not sell products containing systemic neonicotinoid pesticides harmful to bees, butterflies, birds and... Read more »
Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings best outdoor, conservation films to Bend on October 2
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Aug 26, 2015.The Oregon Natural Desert Association is hosting the Bend stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour on Oct. 2, with a matinee and an evening showing at the Tower Theatre. The tour highlights the best of outdoor adventure and conservation films of the year. Tickets are on sale now.
The Humble Bumble Gets Its Own Day of Gratitude
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Aug 04, 2015.
Have you been enjoying watching the furry bumble bees visiting your garden flowers? They seem to be out-and-about, buzzing the blossoms just at dawn, and hanging around for that last nectary drop even as the sun sets. Cherish them as they flirt with your oregano and lavender. Despite their apparent bounty in your garden, native... Read more »
Inaugural Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute Serves High-School Students from Rural Areas
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jul 29, 2015.Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute held its inaugural session June 21 to 26 at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. High-school students from Arlington, Condon, La Grande and Boise came together to attend the first-ever five-day outdoor learning lab, which is presented by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Eastern Oregon University with support from the Oregon [...]
OSPF Member Writes New Hiking Guide for Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jul 23, 2015.Anyone who’s taken even a short walk on a beach in Oregon has been on the Oregon Coast Trail. But did you know it’s possible to walk the entire 372-mile length of the coastline? More than half of the Oregon Coast Trail is on the beach, and thanks to the Oregon Beach Bill these sandy [...]
Learn more about Oregon Desert Trail tips and gear from ONDA, REI experts at “Trail Mixer” event
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jun 03, 2015.The Oregon Natural Desert Association and REI Bend are teaming up to host an event that will offer Oregon Desert Trail skills and information, celebrate volunteers who helped create the trail and provide a grand finale to ONDA’s Oregon Desert Trail Matching Challenge.
Beers Made By Walking
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on May 19, 2015.Beers Made By Walking Brewers to create drinkable portraits of protected lands Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make beer inspired by plants found on the trail, is partnering with McKenzie … Continue reading
Scholfield Creek Wetlands Conservation Area
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on May 14, 2015.Public Meeting: Scholfield Creek Wetlands Conservation Area Tuesday, May 26th at 6pm Reedsport City Hall, 451 Winchester Ave in Reedsport Summary: Please join us to learn more about a proposed land conservation project along Scholfield Creek near the city of … Continue reading
2015 Spring Star Parties in Oregon State Parks
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Apr 15, 2015.Want to see where stars are born? This is your chance! Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with OMSI and Rose City Astronomers to offer star parties at several state parks this spring. These free viewing parties are a great way to see stars, planets and other celestial sights through telescopes and binoculars of [...]
OSPF Works to Expand Bike Shelter Network in Oregon State Parks
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Apr 15, 2015.Following a successful 2014 pilot project to construct new bike shelters for cyclists in state park campgrounds and day-use areas, the Oregon State Parks Foundation is currently working with state park managers, local companies and community volunteers to expand the state park bike shelter network and help build Oregon’s reputation as a premier cycling destination. [...]
McKenzie floodplain forest will be home to fish and wildlife forever
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Mar 05, 2015.Because of you, the abundant fish of the lower McKenzie River will thrive. Another critical piece of their habitat is protected! Continue reading
From the Executive Director: 2014 Progress Report
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Sep 30, 2014.The Foundation is still recovering from a busy 2014! Board and staff have been working overtime to enrich the visitor experience in your Oregon state parks. The beginning of the new year creates a wonderful opportunity to take a moment and share updates about recent Foundation progress, as well as a look at what’s next [...]
Smith Rock State Park to Host Oregon Archaeology Lecture Series in October
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Sep 29, 2014.Smith Rock State Park will host its annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration lecture series on Fridays in October. The theme of the 21st annual series is “Oregon or Bust,” and the program will highlight U.S. expansion and settlement of the West. Presentations will be at 7 p.m. in the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center facility at 10087 NE [...]
Discovery Season Camping Discounts Begin October 1, 2014
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Sep 29, 2014.Discounts make camping even sweeter. Discovery Season is in effect from October 1 to April 30 at Oregon State Parks, which means discounted rates on regular campsites, deluxe yurts and deluxe cabins for those ready to enjoy the outdoors. Fall is a great time to camp if you’re prepared and don’t mind a few occasional raindrops, [...]
2015 Founders Circle Grant Challenge
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Aug 21, 2014.The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has extended its generous $50,000 challenge grant to help establish our Founders Circle. The first 25 donations of $1,000 in 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar by the MCM Fund. Help us meet the challenge!
OSPF Receives Founders Circle Challenge Grant from Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Aug 21, 2014.The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has issued a generous $50,000 challenge grant to the Oregon State Parks Foundation to help establish our Founders Circle. Between now and December 31, 2014, the MCM Fund will match the first 25 donations of $1,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis to support our mission of enriching the Oregon state parks [...]
What is a Forest Plan…why is it being revised…and why should you care???
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 30, 2014.
The Proposed Action was released in 2010 for public comment. The Forest Service took those comments and developed six alternatives that are now out for public review.
La Grande - Wednesday July 30th
Portland - Thursday August 7th (date change)
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Here are some suggested points to include in your letter:
Alternative C Best Addresses the Issues of Access; Economic and Social Well-Being; Livestock Grazing; Old Forest; Recommended Wilderness; and Ecological resilience: The Forest Service is analyzing alternatives A through F, with A being the “no action” alternative – it continues with the forest plans currently in place. Alternative B is the proposed action that was sent out for public scoping in 2010. Alternative C was developed to address conservation concerns and is the most environmentally responsible alternative. Alternative D was developed to address comments received from the timber industry, county governments and motorized interests. Alternative E is the Forest Service’s “preferred alternative” (the one they are leaning towards adopting). Alternative F is very similar to Alternative E –the only difference being the amount of timber outputs produced annually.
While Alternative C responds to many of our concerns, it is not perfect - it still needs to incorporate standards instead of aspirational language. For Example, the road densities within Alternative C should be standards instead of desired conditions.
Ask for a Balanced Approach to Access: Motorized access to our public lands should not come at such a cost to riparian health, elk security and other wildlife considerations. Reduction in maintenance costs, disturbance to wildlife, and sediment traveling to our streams and rivers will not occur without the adoption of enforceable and measurable standards.
Current Grazing Management is Unsustainable and Must be Addressed by the Proposed Forest Plans: The Preferred Alternative retains the same number of cattle across the three forests. Current management levels and practices have degraded public rangelands and riparian areas; destroyed water quality; and negatively impacted many threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. More than 80 percent of wildlife species in the West depend on riparian areas. These areas make up roughly only 1.5 percent of public lands and are disproportionately affected by livestock grazing. The time is now to rethink how we manage livestock grazing across the Blue Mountains.
Old Forests Deserve Enforceable and Measurable Protections: The current forest plans for the Blue Mountains were amended to include the “21” rule”. The rule prohibits the logging of trees ≥ 21” dbh. The plans also designate specific old growth forests as areas where commercial logging is prohibited.
The proposed plans do away with old growth management areas and replace the 21” rule with a non-enforceable guideline. Specifically, the guideline states that management activities within “old forest stands should generally emphasize retaining live trees with certain old tree characteristics…tree characteristics and old age many vary by species and site.”
The Blue Mountains are deficient in both old and large trees; trees that provide important habitat values and are fire resiliency. Old trees and old forest must be protected.
The Preferred Alternative Does not Recommend Enough Wilderness: HCPC and our conservation partners have identified 1.8 million acres of potential new Wilderness on public lands in northeast Oregon, including Joseph Canyon, the birthplace of Chief Joseph. These lands form an irreplaceable web of habitats and wildlife corridors connecting three giant eco-regions—the Northern Rockies, the Northern Basin and Range, and the Pacific Northwest. Think wolves, lynx, moose, bighorn sheep, sockeye salmon, bull trout, and someday even the magnificent California Condor with its 9-foot wingspan. Despite this incredible opportunity to safeguard these remaining roadless lands, under the preferred alternative the Forest Service is only willing to recommend roughly 5 percent of lands with Wilderness potential to Congress for Wilderness designation. Five percent is not enough!
Comments on a draft version of forest plans for the three forests can be submitted through August 15, 2014.
Electronically at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments
Via Mail: Blue Mountains Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814
Or via Fax: 541-523-6392
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Elegy to Tim Lillebo, by Bill Fleischmann
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 19, 2014.
Somewhere in Oregon there is a corner of an office, a closet or attic space where dozens of cardboard tubes are hidden away. Each tube contains several topographical maps, many with scrawled notes about landscapes that he visited. Most of these landscapes were Roadless Areas in National Forests. On most of these maps are drawn boundaries; lines which hope to protect something precious.
Big plans for a green spring
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Mar 20, 2014.Our supporters share their tips for the home and office
Missing Tim Lillebo
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 17, 2014.
Hells Canyon Preservation Council recently lost a great friend when Tim Lillebo passed away. Tim went out to shovel snow at his home in central Oregon on Saturday, February 8 and apparently died of a heart attack or another sudden critical health problem. Along with Tim’s family and many friends, we are mourning his loss and celebrating the bright spirit of Tim Lillebo.
- Brian Kelly, Restoration Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Funding eco-activism like the United Way
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.
Goodbye to a key forest advocate and our friend
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Feb 10, 2014.The Oregon environmental community lost a true icon this weekend with the untimely death of Oregon Wild’s Tim Lillebo.
Your Comments Needed NOW
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 07, 2014.Please help protect the Joseph Canyon area--an important part of your National Forest lands and waters.
- Protect all old trees, large trees, old growth forests, and previously un-logged forests from logging.
- Protect all roadless areas and potential wilderness areas from logging.
- No construction of new roads or temporary roads should be allowed.
- Roads that are unneccessary or harmful to fish and wildlife habitat should be closed and restored.
- Wildlife habitat should be protected and improved.
- Aquatic restoration projects to improve fish habitat and water quality should be included in the project.
- Two new Research Natural Areas should be created.
Wildlife Watchers Field Report for 2013
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 17, 2014.From HCPC Restoration Director Brian Kelly:
We were hoping that by the middle of last June that we’d be able to drive up to Dunns Bluff. The bluff is an impressive rock outcrop near the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. But as we climbed higher and higher on the rough Forest Service road, we found ourselves busting through deeper and deeper snowbanks. The back of the four-wheel drive pickup truck was loaded with wildlife cameras, meat for bait, trapper’s lure for attracting wildlife, cables, locks, tools and an assortment of hardware. All of this bounced around in the back of the pickup making enough racket to scare away just about any wild animal within a mile. At the time, it seemed like a strange way to attract wildlife, but we knew that once things quieted down, we’d get some good wildlife photos. Finally, we had to accept the fact that there was just too much snow for us to drive to our destination. And it was too far to walk. We turned the truck around and retreated for the day with a promise to return.
|meat (bait) was placed inside metal cylinders|
|Volunteer Allan Gorthy sets up trail camera|
The eleven cameras captured photos of northern flying squirrel, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Douglas squirrel, bushy-tailed wood rat and coyote.
Three wildlife species of particular interest in the Castle Ridge area are the American marten, wolverine, and the wolf. We were disappointed that we did not capture any photos of these species with our eleven trail cameras during the field season. However, it’s important to note that the absence of photographs does not necessarily mean that these animals are not present or traveling through the area or utilizing the habitat during certain seasons.
The Forest Connection
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
An excerpt from Michael Pollan's recent New Yorker article "The Intelligent Plant."
When I reached Simard by phone, she described how she and her colleagues track the flow of nutrients and chemical signals through this invisible underground network. They injected fir trees with radioactive carbon isotopes, then followed the spread of the isotopes through the forest community using a variety of sensing methods, including a Geiger counter. Within a few days, stores of radioactive carbon had been routed from tree to tree. Every tree in a plot thirty metres square was connected to the network; the oldest trees functioned as hubs, some with as many as forty-seven connections. The diagram of the forest network resembled an airline route map.
The pattern of nutrient traffic showed how “mother trees” were using the network to nourish shaded seedlings, including their offspring—which the trees can apparently recognize as kin—until they’re tall enough to reach the light. And, in a striking example of interspecies coöperation, Simard found that fir trees were using the fungal web to trade nutrients with paper-bark birch trees over the course of the season. The evergreen species will tide over the deciduous one when it has sugars to spare, and then call in the debt later in the season. For the forest community, the value of this coöperative underground economy appears to be better over-all health, more total photosynthesis, and greater resilience in the face of disturbance.
In his talk, Mancuso juxtaposed a slide of the nodes and links in one of these subterranean forest networks with a diagram of the Internet, and suggested that in some respects the former was superior. “Plants are able to create scalable networks of self-maintaining, self-operating, and self-repairing units,” he said. “Plants.”
As I listened to Mancuso limn the marvels unfolding beneath our feet, it occurred to me that plants do have a secret life, and it is even stranger and more wonderful than the one described by Tompkins and Bird. When most of us think of plants, to the extent that we think about plants at all, we think of them as old—holdovers from a simpler, prehuman evolutionary past. But for Mancuso plants hold the key to a future that will be organized around systems and technologies that are networked, decentralized, modular, reiterated, redundant—and green, able to nourish themselves on light. “Plants are the great symbol of modernity.”
A humbling hike to South Sister
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Sep 29, 2013.Nature enthusiast, EarthShare employee and contributor Meghan Humphreys finds danger and gratefulness in the wild.
Big Win for Wildlife
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Sep 25, 2013.
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Update on Bighorn Protection from Darilyn Parry Brown
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.Hells Canyon Preservation Council is a member of a regional Bighorn Advocacy Group whose primary aim is to see wild bighorn sheep herds in eastern Idaho, northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington gain the permanent protections they need to thrive in their native habitat. HCPC has been a key advocate for bighorn herds in the greater Hells Canyon area for nearly a decade. Though again and again, we’ve won our battles to protect bighorns in the courts, these victories are still not secured.
Wild bighorn sheep are extremely susceptible to a pathogen carried by domestic sheep. Bighorn sheep die-offs have been on-going in Hells Canyon for over twenty years. In 1991, the Forest Service publicly acknowledged one of the first documented die-offs in Hells Canyon when ninety percent of the Seven Devils bighorn herd was wiped out. Other documented die-offs in the region date back even further. In 1986, a massive bighorn die-off was discovered in the nearby Wallowa Mountains within the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeast Oregon. This was not the first die-off, but was the most devastating. The discovery of the diseased carcass of “Spot,” the largest bighorn ram ever found in the continental United States, and the loss of over two-thirds of the herd (66 animals) to disease in a period of a few weeks, was a tragedy that attracted substantial public attention. The cause of the die-off was determined to be pneumonia linked to Pasteurellabacteria. In 1992, there was another massive bighorn die-off, this time in the Hells Canyon NRA in the Sheep Creek drainage on the Idaho side of the Canyon. The culprit was again verified as pneumonia symptoms tied to Pasteurella bacterial infection. Other die-offs have followed since, in herds within Hells Canyon as well as other nearby areas.
Unfortunately, the Forest Service is not implementing or enforcing meaningful risk reduction measures. During the past two grazing seasons there were numerous instances where herders and/or herd dogs were not evidently present with their bands, animals were scattered and not recovered, and observers noted sheep outside allotments - in the areas with the greatest likelihood of domestic sheep and bighorn contact. Scattering events and sheep unaccounted for contribute to increased risk of contact between wild bighorn and domestic sheep.
In September 2012, a foraying ewe was sighted on three different occasions by hunters on the Grassy Mountain allotment that was just vacated that season due to the 2010 decision to close allotments. Had we not challenged the Payette National Forests’ interpretation of the Simpson Rider intended to stop the implementation of grazing allotment closures just a few months earlier, there would have been domestic sheep on the allotment where the ewe forayed. This was a very narrow miss that could have proven disastrous to an entire herd of wild bighorn.
Snow Basin Update
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.
HCPC is seeking a Preliminary Injunction to stop the release and logging of two timber sales in the Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project. The Skull and Empire sale areas within the project contain thousands of old growth trees and Bull trout habitat.
Humor, Facts, and Fundraising - Tom Lang's books
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 14, 2013.
It was at the Green Action Day in Portland, back in May, when Tom Lang walked up to the HCPC booth and introduced himself to HCPC’s Restoration Director Brian Kelly. They got to talking, sharing interests in protecting wild places and blues music. Tom, impressed with HCPC’s accomplishments, came up with a way he could support that work. As an author, selling his books from his website, he could offer HCPC part of the proceeds of the sales of his books. Their discussion continued through emails, and came up with a plan.
You can read excerpts from Tom’s books below and on his website. Tom’s personal eye view from the perspective of the animals he writes about includes a generous helping of humor leavened with detailed factual information. He seems to find the crux of the interaction between people and the wildlife and help us look on both sides of the equation. Anthropomorphizing? Yes, but with a point – and a very useful one. Laughter is a way to get us outside our comfort zone – looking at ourselves, looking at others from a different place. We mammals (and fish J) have more in common than we are usually willing to admit … and the about-face brings us closer to our connections.
Here’s an excerpt from Tom’s book “Bear”, giving us that “about-face” look:
“I’m Cervida and I’m missing my male.”
“I’ll bet he’s missing you, too.”
“That’s not what I mean. He’s missing. Gone.”
“How long has he been gone?”
“That’s not long.”
“It is for one of my bulls. I tell my males when it’s time to be missing and when it’s time to be gone.”
“I hear you’re the best.”
“Best at what?”
“I’m not bad.”
“No, you’re not.”
She chewed the leaf slowly as we stood staring at each other.
“Are you free to find my male?”
“I ain’t free and I ain’t cheap.”
“Neither am I,” she said.
I stripped a branch from above me and chewed and stared while she chewed and stared back.
“Sure, Ms. Cervida–”
“Call me Vida.”
“Okay, Vida, I’ll graze around and see what I can find.”
I’m Al Gigas, moose detective. I’ve roamed the mean riverbeds of the Chilkat Valley for ten years and I’ve seen things no creature should ever see and I’ve seen creatures that will never see again. A missing moose is a bad sign but I didn’t mention that to Vida. She wasn’t the first ungulate to walk into my office looking for a loved one. I’ve had brothers looking for brothers, calves for mothers, mothers for calves. I find things, Vida was right about that. But what I find this time of year would be better if it stayed lost.
October was almost here.”
July 2013 -- The Water Issue
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2013.
Wildlife Watchers Project Begins New Season
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
Welcome to early summer in the Blue Mountains.
- Brian Kelly
June 2013 - "Your Share" E-newsletter
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jun 18, 2013.
Finding Common Ground on Eastern Oregon Forests
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 29, 2013.
Unfortunately, how to best manage these public lands is often a source of conflict. This is especially true when the Forest Service pursues poorly designed timber sales, like the Snow Basin logging project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon.
After a century of short-sighted management decisions, our east side forests are at a crossroads. Fire suppression and logging practices of the past have created forests significantly removed from what nature intended. Most of our old growth trees — those most resilient to fire — have already been logged, and a tangle of roads fragment our wildlife habitat.
The good news is conservation groups like Oregon Wild and Hells Canyon Preservation Council are successfully working with other forest stakeholders, including elected officials, landowners and the timber industry, to design logging projects which support rural economies while reducing the risk of fire, and protecting the remaining old trees and un-roaded wildlands on our forests. This common sense approach of working together to restore forests and watersheds has gained support in recent years, and is leading to enhanced trust and agreement, less controversial projects, and more forest and watershed restoration work getting done.
Unfortunately, the Snow Basin project is an example of a logging sale which fails to build on this common ground. Instead of focusing on thinning dry forest stands and reducing the risk of fire to homes and communities, the Forest Service has chosen to rush forward with a plan that includes logging in fragile, high elevation moist forests where fire risks are low and science demonstrates intensive logging is not appropriate. Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands. If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours. That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.
Now is the time to be far-sighted in our actions. Advancing projects which strengthen local economies and forest health depends on all stakeholders working together and using science as our guide. We must site logging projects in areas where they do not compromise the forest’s ability to respond to a changing climate, survive high-intensity fires, and support fish and wildlife. There may be room to increase the pace and scale of restoration-based thinning in east side forests, but we must avoid the mistakes made with Snow Basin. Any increase in logging must go hand and hand with increased protection for important environmental values.
Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands. If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours. That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.
Veronica Warnock, Conservation Director
Your phone's last call should be to a recycler
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.The Oregonian covers cell phone recycling. Did you know that EarthShare can help you recycle your cell phones at work? Read on to find out more.
Biophilia: This is Your Brain on Nature
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.Studies and articles abound showing the positive effects of natural settings on the human mind and body.
Your Share - April 2013
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.Burgerville Rocks!, Meet our Newest Charities & More!
Your Share - May 2013
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.Plastic recycling changes in the Metro area, the best hikes & lots of spring inspiration!
Burgerville Employees Pledge $22,000 to EarthShare Member Groups
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 26, 2013.Burgerville employees give generously to environmental nonprofits during their Spring workplace giving campaign.
News & Press
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.Get the latest updates from EarthShare and our members.
EarthShare Oregon welcomes seven new member groups
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.Oregon’s environmental federation expands to offer more choices for employee engagement.
Charles Jones Remembers Jack Barry
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 06, 2013.
Green Your Camping Trips!
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Mar 05, 2013.Here are our green tips for making the most of your outdoor experience, while taking care to leave a healthy environment when you pack up and head home.
Remembering Beginnings: Brock Evans on HCPC History
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 27, 2013.
"We all do better when we all do better" - EarthShare Oregon
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 14, 2013."We all do better when we all do better."
I love that quote, which I first heard from populist philosopher Jim Hightower. I think of that wisdom when we ask how to be effective in a world with so many challenges. Another way of thinking of it is "How do we love all children, of all species, for all time?" (a quote I heard on the E2 program on OPB).
One of the great answers to that is beautifully illustrated in the children's book "Swimmy" - a simple idea - join together.
HCPC is proud to be a member of EarthShare Oregon - a joint effort by a broad range of Oregon's environmental groups. Read about EarthShare Oregon on their website.
You can support HCPC and the other members of EarthShare Oregon by bringing EarthShare into your workplace (see below).
Imagine this beautiful, amazing and awe-inspiring earth we all love singing, in the words of classic R&R "Come together - right now - over me!"
Wishing you all a cozy Valentine's Day
with lots of togetherness,
Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Jack Barry - Visionary Voice 1925 - 2012
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 04, 2013.
We at HCPC are grieving the loss of one of the visionaries who founded the organization to prevent further damming of the Snake River back in the mid-60s. Jack Barry passed away on Christmas evening following a lovely dinner with family and friends. We are going to sorely miss his keen insight and wit.
The obituary below was written by his wife Lois Barry:
The Dawn of Dam Removal
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 06, 2012.In honor of HCPC's inception, winning the fight to stop the final damming of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, we bring you an essay by former Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit.
The Dawn of Dam RemovalBruce Babbitt
Early Fall 2012
I went to the Olympic Peninsula to take a look. Sure enough, it seemed the perfect place to begin. The two dams down near the mouth of the river appeared completely out of place in the splendor of the great old-growth forests. I convened a press conference to announce a new era of dam removal, beginning here at the Elwha River.
And then all hell broke loose. Washington State’s senior senator angrily condemned the idea, vowing, as ranking member of the Department of Interior Appropriations Committee, to put an end to such nonsense. Other members of the congressional delegation chimed in, in opposition. Newspaper editorials ridiculed the plan.
A few weeks later President Clinton took me aside, looking somewhat bemused, and asked, “Bruce, what is all this stuff about tearing down dams?” His innocent-sounding question was really a cautionary admonition. Our administration was already caught up in a bitter and politically costly controversy over the spotted owl and logging of old-growth forests in the Northwest. Friends reminded me that cabinet secretaries who stir up too much controversy can and do lose their jobs. The Elwha project would have to go on the back burner for a while.
That public opinion was flooding in against us was hardly surprising. Back then, tearing down dams to restore rivers seemed a capricious idea dreamed up by another meddling bureaucrat. Why tear down perfectly good dams?
We quietly set about rebuilding our case. Within the Department of the Interior we began preparing an environmental impact statement loaded with cost estimates, hydrologic computations, sediment studies, fish mortality statistics and regional economic impacts. However, of all the arguments thrown up against dam removal, the most effective was simply, “It won’t work. The salmon have been gone for a hundred years. What makes you think they’ll return?”
Somehow, somewhere, we had to demonstrate that fish do come back. We needed to show and tell – with a small dam, built within recent memory, surrounded by a friendly community that actually remembered the fish runs and their importance to the community.
And finally we found a candidate, at the other end of the country on a little-known river on the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina.
It turned out that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was already quietly at work on the Neuse River where a small diversion dam built in 1952 near the mouth had killed off one of the most prolific spawning runs of American shad, herring and stripers on the Atlantic Coast. A power company had built the Quaker Neck Dam to draw water for cooling, and it was perfectly feasible to design an alternate intake method.
On a clear winter day in 1997, we assembled on the river bank. I took a few swings at the concrete with a sledgehammer, and a wrecking ball finished the job. By springtime, fish were swarming up the river, passing through Raleigh 70 miles upstream.
The success at Quaker Neck brought national press and began to turn public opinion. Across the country local communities came up with proposals, and dams began to come down – at Kennebec in Maine, along the Baraboo River in Wisconsin, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Butte and Clear Creeks in California.
With public opinion now moving our way, nationally and in the Northwest, we ratcheted up our efforts in Congress to finish off the Elwha dams. Slowly, at what seemed a glacial pace, funding started to flow, finally coming to fruition in the Obama administration.
In the space of two decades, dam removal has evolved from a novelty to an accepted means of river restoration. Most importantly, the concept has taken root in hundreds of local communities as residents rediscover their rivers, their history, and the potential not only to restore natural systems, but, in the process, to renew their communities as well.
I am asked, “After Elwha, what is your next priority?” That’s like asking, “What is my favorite national park?” My answer tends to vary depending on what I have been reading and where I have been hiking most recently. But my nomination would be the four dams – Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite – that have transformed the great Snake River in western Washington into a slack-water barge channel, destroying thousands of miles of salmon habitat in the Rocky Mountains and driving four salmon species to the brink of extinction.
Others will have their own compelling priorities – and there are still 75,000 dams for consideration.
Circling back to Wallowa County with HCPC
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 20, 2012.After three wonderful years in La Grande, I recently moved back to Wallowa County for the summer. Now that I’m back, it’s very rewarding to see the many ways that HCPC’s work, past and present, helps to improve the lives of many people here in Wallowa County.
I recently bumped into a friend of mine that I haven’t seen for about three years on the streets of Joseph. I used to work for him when I was a naturalist/guide for Wallowa Resources Elderhostel program some years back. We were catching up and he told me that he was working as a Wilderness Ranger in the Eagle Cap and was on his way up to check Wilderness signs at a few remote trailheads. I knew that HCPC had been able to direct some money to the Forest Service in order to fund a Wilderness Ranger position in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. If you like that kind of work, it’s hard to find a better job.
There used to be a lot more Wilderness Rangers than there are today and they are sorely needed to help maintain trailheads, clear trails, and to help with restoration and invasive plant removal. HCPC was able to fund this position, with the potential to last for a decade, as a result of our settlement agreement on the Boardman Power Plant. The Boardman Power Plant burns coal and pollutes the skies of the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness areas, not to mention our own communities. I even heard that mercury has been found in the fish in some high elevation Wilderness lakes. HCPC’s work has helped to result in a reduction and eventual stop to this coal-burning plant’s pollution of our environment, while leveraging good jobs in our community.
It’s very inspiring and eye-opening to see how HCPC’s historic work of preventing the damming of Hells Canyon continues to change lives and create new opportunities for people. Some of my neighbors are hard at work this time of year guiding dozens and dozens of people down the areas many beautiful rivers. It amazes me to think of all the sustainable jobs generated through the rafting industry, and all the people that connect with the awesome Hells Canyon ecosystem by floating through it on the Snake River. And the river rafting industry seems more vibrant today than ever, attesting to the sustainability of rafting and the desire of people to be out in nature.
The fundamental accomplishment of saving Hells Canyon forever changed Wallowa County and it’s nowhere more evident than in the composition of the local communities. I know many of these remarkable people would not be in Wallowa County today were it not for the work of HCPC. I am really thankful that they are here.
David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
HCPC welcomes summer intern Joshua Axelrod
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 08, 2012.
|Josh (red bandana) and his dad crossing a snow bridge above Hurricane Creek, July 2011.|
|Josh (right), his younger brother Ezra, and his dad in the hills above La Grande, Christmas 2011.|
HCPC and Allies Await Approval for a Settlement Agreement Requiring DEQ to Re-Examine Controversial Mining Practice
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 25, 2012.
Of Killdeer, Camas, and the Travel Management Plan
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 21, 2012.I recently worked with a volunteer from the Birdathon, printing small photos of habitat for kids to use in one of the hands-on learning projects Birdathon volunteers offer. I started thinking about habitat - that conjunction of space/food/water/shelter/structure that allows a species to live there.
It's hard not to notice the killdeer trying to occupy the gravel right-of-way along a back road. They can't nest there, between the tires and the cats and dogs and horses and bicycles. The seasonally scrubbed gravel beds along and in the river are mostly gone. I sometimes fantasize that we could take all the flat roofs on the downtown buildings, add a shallow gravel layer with a little silt for occasional native grasses, and create some of the nesting area that is now subdivisions and streets and straight narrow ditches. It would take creativity and commitment and a great deal of buy-in from people who probably mostly don't care about the nesting needs of killdeer.
It would have been so much easier to keep a few gravel ridges and sandbars along the river and major creeks, instead of subverting the natural riverine shapes and patterns to the straight and narrow of the Army Corps of Engineers. Human convenience, thoughtlessness and arrogance trumped the needs of other species. It would now take a great deal of money and time and effort to rebuild one gravel ridge or sandbar.
One of the reasons I support HCPC is that it works to protect the places that do still exist - public lands where wildlife can still find the habitat they need, knowing that it is so much more reasonable (and affordable) to preserve than to have to rebuild. And HCPC works to rebuild and restore habitat as well, knowing that we need to repair damage that has been done.
This is clear in the recent Travel Management Plan for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. I'm so proud of HCPC advocating for the protection of elk calving grounds from motorized disturbance, for the protection of high wet meadows from destructive and careless cross-country rutting by off-roaders, for the protection of roadless areas from new roads, and for the closure of excess old roads that were supposed to be closed down a decade ago.
I recently followed the Mt. Emily Road, looking for wildflowers and enjoying the abundance of blooms and silence and birdsong. It didn't take long though before I saw the terrible damage left by off-road vehicles tearing across a wet meadow. The ruts were deep, hard set, and showed as dark brown scars bereft of any green in the midst of wildflowers. In another case the damage went straight up a steep hillside that was now eroding badly. There were roads around, a LOT of roads - going off both sides from the Mt. Emily road. There was no need to go where these ruts went, in one case just cutting a corner between the main road and another side road.
I started thinking about how long it would take for those ruts to heal. Since we can still see the ruts from wagon wheels over 100 years ago, without our help such wounds last a long time. Wouldn't it be better not to make them in the first place?
Wild Places, Roads and Freedom
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 13, 2012.
Analysis confirms Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan Decision leaves plenty of access
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 07, 2012.It is very important that we use this pause in the Travel Plan Process to better understand what the now withdrawn Decision would have actually done. One of the most common claims put forth against the Travel Plan Decision was that the Forest Service was taking away access to the Forest. Some even claimed that the Forest Service was using the Travel Plan to “lock them out” of the National Forest.
If there were any truth to these claims, HCPC would be very concerned. How are people supposed to cultivate the life-long connections to the National Forestlands that are ultimately necessary to encourage and advocate for better stewardship of these ecosystems, if people can’t connect with them in the first place? So let’s take a close look and see for ourselves what this Decision would do.
With our partners, we performed a GIS analysis based on the Selected Alternative Layer (i.e. the now withdrawn Decision). All open motor vehicle roads and trails are mapped in red. We put a one-mile buffer around all open motor vehicle roads and trails so we could visually see how many places on the National Forest could be accessed in less than one-miles distance from the nearest road, a modest distance. These areas are mapped in grey. If an area is further than one mile from a road, it is mapped in light green. Wilderness is in dark green.
The results graphically illustrate that outside Wilderness areas, nearly the entire National Forest is within one mile of a road. The few small islands that are further than one-mile from a road are usually inside Inventoried Roadless Areas (mapped in black crosshatch). These are very small islands, and based on a visual assessment, it appears that the Decision would not leave anywhere outside designated Wilderness further than two miles from an open road. It’s important to note that the map does not show the areas within Wilderness areas that are less than one-mile from a road. If it did, you could see that much of the North Fork John Day Wilderness would be grey color, and a surprisingly large part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness as well.
These results clearly show that the Forest Service strived to provide very widespread access to the entire Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in their Travel Plan Decision. In our opinion, the Decision did not go far enough to protect roadless areas, old growth forests, critical elk habitat areas, and fragile aquatic environments from the damages of motorized vehicles. We encourage the Forest Service to use this opportunity to strengthen the Travel Plan in these key natural resource areas.
As HCPC stated in our press release on the withdrawal of the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Management Plan, and as is clearly illustrated in the analysis above, there is no validity in the claims that people will no longer have access to the Forest. Moreover, the Travel Plan is not just about access, but also about protection of natural resources and the costs of maintaining the designated road system. As I stated in my editorial
(http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/04/wallowa-whitman_national_fores.html), what’s really at stake is the quality of the National Forest's we will be accessing.
David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Of Truth and Boots
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Apr 16, 2012.Wow. Been a very long week. Hard not to talk about the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan, with all the terrible misinformation going around. Reminds me of the saying that a lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
Truth and facts seem to be badly outnumbered by imagined outrages and fictional claims.
For the record:
No, logging will not be shut down by the Travel Plan - it will not be hampered by this Decision.
No, the forest will not be locked away - over 4,000 miles of roads will remain open.
No, the process of reaching this Decision did not shut out the public - it involved years of public participation and comments.
No, the process does not ignore different viewpoints - the Travel Plan includes new trails for off road vehicles (as much as I don't want that).
No, not all "locals" are against it. I'm local and I'm for an even stronger Travel Management Plan.
No, the Wallowa-Whitman is not a county or even a state forest - it is a National forest, held in trust not just for us locals, but for the nation; not just for this generation, but for the future as well.
The Travel Plan Decision is a compromise that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders with a moderate response to the need for travel management. It will close down some roads - mostly old, overgrown, eroded, or duplicate roads that would be too expensive to repair. It does include some protection for much-needed wildlife "security habitat" and some protection for streams with runs of native fish.
The Travel Plan doesn't go nearly as far as it needs to for wildlife, fisheries, and native plants. Still, I accept that both science and politics are at play, and the Forest Service has done the best it can to respond to all interests.
What I do not accept is the false portrayals of the issues that I see and hear in almost all venues, from town halls to local papers to neighborhood gossip.
Lies, even unintentional ones, do not make a good basis for decisions.
Now, on to the news that the seasonal progression of wildflowers is starting to unroll, bluebirds are back on Cricket Flats, and a sandhill crane was spotted out in the fields by Indian Creek (south of Elgin). Ospreys are back on the nest by Willow Creek and on Woodell Road, and curlews are in the fields north of La Grande.
Back to enjoying this wonderful place where we live -
The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 30, 2012.
The Predator Persecution Complex
by GEORGE WUERTHNER
The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion. Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry.
ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES
For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: “The Department continues to manage to reduce Wyoming’s elk numbers. The total population of the herds with estimates increased by 16 percent in 2009 and is now 29 percent above the statewide objective of 83,640 animals.”
Things are similar in Montana. Populations have grown from an estimated 89,000 animals in 1992 prior to wolf recovery to 140,000-150,000 animals in recent years.
In Idaho we find a similar trend. According to the IDFG 23 out of 29 elk units are at and/or above objective. Hunter success in 2011 was 20%: one in five hunters killed an elk.
Wolves are clearly not a threat to the future of hunting in any of these states.
LIVESTOCK LOSSES EXAGGERATED
Ranchers are equally irrational. In 2010 Wyoming livestock producers lost 41,000 cattle and calves due to weather, predators, digestive problems, respiratory issues, calving and other problems. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was 26 cattle and 33 sheep!
Last year Montana livestock producers lost more than 140,000 cattle and sheep to all causes. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was less than a hundred animals.
In 2010 Idaho cattle producers lost 93,000 animals to all causes. Respiratory problems were the largest cause accounting for 25.6 percent of the cattle lost. Next came digestive problems, accounting for 13.4 percent of the cattle deaths. Total cattle losses attributed to wolves was 75 animals.
To suggest that wolves are a threat to the livestock industry borders on absurdity.
WOLF CONTROL INCREASES CONFLICTS
Worse yet, the persecution of predators does not work to reduce even these minimum conflicts as most proponents of wolf control suggest.
The reason indiscriminate killing does not work is because it ignores the social ecology of predators. Wolves, cougars, and other predators are social animals. As such, any attempt to control them that does not consider their “social ecology” is likely to fail. Look at the century old war on coyotes—we kill them by the hundreds of thousands, yet ranchers continue to complain about how these predators are destroying their industry. And the usual response assumes that if we only kill a few more we’ll finally get the coyote population “under control.”
The problem with indiscriminate killing of predators whether coyotes, wolves, cougars or bears is that it creates social chaos. Wolves, in particular, learn how and where to hunt, and what to hunt from their elders. The older pack members help to raise the young. In heavily hunted (or trapped) wolf populations (or other predators), the average age is skewed towards younger age animals . Young wolves are like teenagers—bold, brash, and inexperienced. Wolf populations with a high percentage of young animals are much more likely to attack easy prey—like livestock and/or venture into places that an older, more experience animal might avoid—like the fringes of a town or someone’s backyard.
Furthermore, wolf packs that are continuously fragmented byhuman-caused mortality are less stable. They are less able to hold on to established territories which means they are often hunting in unfamiliar haunts and thus less able to find natural prey. Result : they are more likely to kill livestock.
Wolf packs that are hunted also tend to have fewer members. With fewer adults to hunt, and fewer adults to guard a recent kill against other scavengers, a small pack must actually kill more prey than a larger pack. Thus hunting wolves actually contributes to a higher net loss of elk and deer than if packs were left alone and more stable.
Finally hunting is just a lousy way to actually deal with individual problematic animals. Most hunting takes place on the large blocks of public land, not on the fringes of towns and/or on private ranches where the majority of conflicts occur. In fact, hunting often removes the very animals that have learned to avoid human conflicts and pose no threat to livestock producers or human safety. By indiscriminately removing such animals which would otherwise maintain the territory, hunting creates a void that, often as not, may be filled by a pack of younger, inexperienced animals that could and do cause conflicts.
INSANITY IS DOING SAME WRONG THING OVER AND OVER
We need a different paradigm for predator management than brute force. As Albert Einstein noted, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unfortunately insanity has replaced rational thought when it comes to wolf management.
George Wuerthner is an ecologist with among others, a degree in wildlife biology, and is a former Montana hunting guide. He has published 35 books.
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