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Siskiyou Wild Rivers update

Siskiyou Wild Rivers update
AN ONGOING FIGHT: Proponents of lawless logging have used this summer's fires as an excuse to suspend environmental safeguards and increase logging on our public lands. Your calls, emails and faxes have made a difference - but there's still some work to do - see below!

In this message you'll find:
1. Action Alert: Lawless Logging in the House!
2. Lou Gold Road Show
3. 2002 Wilderness Conference
4. Siskiyou Ecology: Chinook Salmon


1. Action Alert: Lawless Logging in the House!

An anti-forest bill (H.R. 5319) proposed by Scott McGinnis (R-CO) and Greg Walden (R-OR) would permit logging of old-growth trees, roadless areas, municipal watersheds, limit public participation and gut environmental safeguards for a logging activities defined as a "hazardous fuels reduction projects." In addition, it would chain fire protection projects to commerical logging through so-called "stewardship contracts." This bill has been approved in committee, and a slightly altered "compromise" bill may be offered for an entire floor vote soon.

If this bill becomes law, areas affected by the Biscuit Fire, including the North & South Kalmiopsis roadless areas, old-growth forests, and the world-class salmon rivers of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area would be at risk.

Please call your Representative and urge her/him to:
1. OPPOSE any version of H.R. 5319, the McGinnis bill, that would suspend environmental safeguards, erode public participation and mandate so-called "stewardship contracts."
2. SUPPORT the Jay Inslee's (D-WA) community protection alternative, which provides meaningful assistance to protect communities, and invests resources through state and local governments, while preserving environmental laws and public participation
3. PROTECT the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area from post-fire logging.

Don't know who your Rep is? Go to  http://www.house.gov/writerep/ to find out!
Once you know who your rep is, you can call the Capitol Switchboard in DC to be connected to her/his office: 1-800-972-3524

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has already endorsed the Inslee community protection alternative - please call and thank him!
Phone: (202) 225-4811 Fax: (202) 225-8941
Phone: (503) 231-2300 Fax: (503) 230-5413
E-mail:  write.earl@mail.house.gov

Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is working on a "compromise" version of the McGinnis bill.
DC phone: (202) 225-6416
Eugene phone: (541) 465-6732
Toll Free (in Oregon): 1-800-944-9603
Email:  peter.defazio@mail.house.gov

David Wu (D-OR)
DC phone: (202) 225-0855 Fax: (202) 225-9497
Portland phone: (503) 326-2901 Fax: (503) 326-5066
Toll Free: (800) 422-4003
Email webpage:  http://www.house.gov/wu/ci.htm

Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
Salem phone: (503) 588-9100 Fax: (503) 588-5517
DC phone: (202) 225-5711 Fax: (202) 225-5699
Email webpage:  http://www.house.gov/hooley/zipauth.htm

Your calls can derail this bad legislation, and keep it from threatening places like Siskiyou Wild Rivers.


2. Lou Gold Road Show!

Lou Gold is back on the road to help protect Siskiyou forests. Check out one of the events below (free unless otherwise marked). Spread the word and bring your friends!

Thursday, October 17th, 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - 5090 Center Street, Salem
Co-sponsored by the ONRC Salem Action Team
Full show: Lessons from the Ancient Forest

Friday, October 18th, 12:00-1:00 PM
Portland State University
Science Building II (SBII) room 162
Short presentation and discussion

Friday, October 18th, 7:00 PM
Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland
Full show: Lessons from the Ancient Forest

Saturday, October 19th
2002 Wilderness Conference at Reed College, Portland
Workshop on the Biscuit Fire - repeated three times during the day
$10 cost for full day (w/out meals). See item #4 in the email update for more info!

Sunday, October 20th
"Everyone Orchestra" concert, 8:00 PM
Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th Ave, Portland
Lou will be the featured "special guest" and tell stories for about 15 minutes during the show.
A benefit for local forest protection. Tickets available online at www.jambase.com or for about $15 at the door.
More info at www.kingnimrod.com

Tuesday, October 22
House parties in the Willamette Valley
Want to host a house party next time? Email  rolf@siskiyou.org for your chance to share Lou with friends and neighbors (free)!

Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 PM
U of Oregon Willamette Building #100
Doors open at 6:00 for "fireside chat" - presentation starts at 7:00
Co-sponsored by ONRC and U of O Survival Center
Full show: Lessons from the Ancient Forest


3. 2002 Oregon Wilderness Conference

The 2002 Oregon Wilderness Conference
Scientists, firefighters and conservation leaders will address the controversy sparked by this year's fires and discuss imminent threats and opportunities for forest protection. The event will feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. Visit  http://www.oregonwild.org/owcconf2002.html for the full day's agenda and more info. Without meals, conference attendance is $10.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer worked on a proposal this past year to protect about 400,000 acres of unprotected roadless areas in Oregon. Some parts of the huge unprotected roadless areas in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area (Rough & Ready Creek, Copper-Salmon, Rancherie Creek, Oregon Redwoods and Zane Grey) were included in the proposal. We need to keep the momentum going, and encourage protection for these special places. The 2002 Oregon Wilderness conference is an important part of doing that.


4. Siskiyou Ecology: Chinook Salmon

Chinook, or "King" salmon, (Onchorynchus tshawytscha) are the largest, and least numerous of Northwest salmon. The annual return of fall Chinook salmon from the Pacific ocean has been a important and awe-inspiring event for humans for thousands of years. In our contemporary world, salmon spawning season is also a time of trepidation - to watch dwindling runs of wild salmon, and to hope we can prevent them from the extinction that wiped out their wild east-coast relatives.

Thankfully, some areas remain as sanctuaries for wild salmon - and the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area is a notable example. With no high dams, hatchery programs, and large, unlogged roadless areas, Siskiyou Wild Rivers hosts some of the best Chinook salmon runs in the contiguous 48 states.

You're invited to experience Chinook salmon ecology first-hand with regional salmon experts in Siskiyou Wild Rivers. Three great chances to do so are coming up:

Chinook salmon spawning on the Applegate River
Saturday, October 26th 1-5 PM

Jumping Chinook salmon on the Illinois River (inside the Biscuit-fire affected areas too - neat!)
Sunday, November 3rd, 1-5 PM
Sunday, November 9th, 1-5 PM

If you are interested in any of these trips, email  rolf@siskiyou.org for more info.

If you like learning about Siskiyou ecology, you'll love "Mountains and Rivers" - a quarterly journal covering natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. For more information about Mountains and Rivers, contact the Siskiyou Project at (503) 222-6101 or  rolf@siskiyou.org.


This list is dedicated to protecting the globally significant Siskiyou Wild Rivers area in Southwestern Oregon. Home to outstanding wild salmon runs, our country's largest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and the most diverse National Forest in the nation, Siskiyou Wild Rivers is a global treasure that deserves permanent protection.

To learn more about the area online, visit: www.siskiyourivers.org.

Rolf A. Skar
Willamette Valley Coordinator
(503) 222-6101


Siskiyou Regional Education Project
917 SW Oak Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97205
www.siskiyou.org and www.siskiyourivers.org
Protecting the globally significant Siskiyou Wild Rivers area for future generations of all species.