The Tillamook Insider
A Monthly Update on Activities of the
Tillamook Rainforest Coalition and Balance PAC
Because the Tillamook is OUR State Forest.
Oregonians will have an opportunity to decide whether they want a balance in management of their State Forests: BALLOT TITLE CERTIFIED BY SUPREME COURT - COURT REJECTS TIMBER INDUSTRY ARGUMENTS
The Supreme Court recently returned a victory for "Oregonians for a Balanced Tillamook" and certified our ballot title so that we could begin collecting signatures from registered Oregon voters.
As of March 1, we are on the streets collecting signatures for initiative petition #120 in support of the Tillamook 50/50 plan. We have until July 2 to turn in over 75,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State so that we can qualify for the November 2004 election. Our goal is to turn in 100,000 signatures. We need your help!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a signature packet and learn more about signatures gathering opportunities. Also stay tuned for the "Tillamook Road Tour" coming soon to a town near you!
You may also call our office at 503-248-0178 or stop by at 816 Hoyt St. in Portland and pick up a packet. On the street, people are eager to sign because they are tired of the controversy and believe in a balanced approach to management of our State forests.
STATE UPS THE ANTY AGAIN - TRYING TO TURN THE TILLAMOOK INTO AN INDUSTRIAL TREE FARM
In the last Tillamook Insider, we reported that the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) upped the cut in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests from 179 million board feet to 252 million board feet as a result of a legislative budget note. POLITICAL PRESSURE WON OVER SCIENCE AND PUBLIC DEBATE!
Now, the State is asking the legislature for permission to up the cut again by 50 million board feet to help pay for the last increase in harvest levels. Is there no end in sight? The original Forest Management Plan adopted in 2001 was scheduled to cut on average 179 million board feet from the Tillamook. Now in 2004 the State is upping the cut to 305 million board feet. This is almost double from what ODF considered reasonable almost 2 years ago. Increased logging at the expense of clean water, healthy fish and recreation use is being driven by politics and the need for fast cash. At this increase rate in harvest, the State Forests will be logged over in the next 20 years. Polling shows Oregonians don't want their State Forests managed as a tree farm and are opposed to clear cutting. The Tillamook 50/50 Plan offers voters another option.
Call for a petition today!
ADOPT AN ACRE OF THE TILLAMOOK AND CLATSOP STATE FOREST
Visit our web at www.tillamook5050.org to see how! With your donation we will send you a "matted personalized certificate" naming you as a sponsor of an acre of the State Forest. Be one of the first 100 donors and you will also receive a video/DVD story of the Tillamook. Or, Contact Don Satchell at 503-544-6386. Money from the legacy maps will be used to help pass the Tillamook 50/50 Plan ballot measure in November.
EVENT COMING UP
Fundraiser -May 14th - $50 a person - Dinner and Auction in Portland. Bid on fishing trips, art work and more. For more information contact Don Satchell at 503- 544-6386 or email at: email@example.com
Host a House Party to benefit the Tillamook!
In order to raise awareness and money, Balance PAC is organizing fundraising events in our neighbors and friends homes. These events can be a small gathering or larger party. A staff or board member of Balance PAC will make a power point presentation followed by a fundraising pitch. We are asking friends of Balance PAC to host a house party. For further information about hosting a house party or to get involved with other events, please e-mail Lee Rahr, Event Coordinator, Balance PAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-318-8607.