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Cascadia Wildlands Project Weekend Events & Updates

4/23/04 Legacy Forests Campaign Update

IN THIS ISSUE:
* Hike to the Straw Devil Timber Sale this Sunday
* "Wildfire, Watersheds and Communities" Conference, Sat. April 24
* Bush Administration Celebrates Earth Day Logging Old-Growth
* Please Take Time to Write a Letter to the Editor
* Eco-film Series Off and Running, Held Every Wednesday Night
* CWP Spaghetti Feed and Bingo Game Night a Success

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* Hike to the Straw Devil Timber Sale this Sunday

Join the Cascadia Wildlands Project this Sunday, April 25 on a hike to the Straw Devil timber sale, located just above McCredie Hotsprings outside of Oakridge. Eight acres of the 90 acre old-growth timber sale was logged last summer until a federal injunction stopped it. The Forest Service is pushing ahead to try and log this sale this summer. Currently, the Eugene-based Cascadia Forest Defenders are occupying the upper canopy in three units of the timber sale.

We will leave Growers Market (454 Willamette St.) at 10 am on Sunday. Bring boots, raingear, lunch and water. The hike will be off trail. See you Sunday.


* "Wildfire, Watersheds and Communities" Conference, Sat. April 24

The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council is sponsoring a one-day conference on April 24 titled "Wildfire, Watersheds and Communities" to be held at the University of Oregon at Willamette 100 from 9 am-4 pm.

The conference will cover fire ecology, history, policy and prevention. Featured speakers include Dr. Tim Inglesbee of the Western Ecology Fire Center, Research Geologist Fred Swanson of the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Bonnie Wood, Executive Director of the Northwest National Fire Plan and Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, Dallas Emch, Supervisor of the Willamette national Forest, and others.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration required. For more info, Contact Amy at the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council, 937-9800.


* Bush Administration Celebrates Earth Day by Logging Old-Growth

April 22nd - Western Oregon. This Earth Day, six-foot diameter trees, some more than five centuries old, are crashing to the ground under direction from the Bush Administration. This week, Rosboro Timber, under contract with the US Forest Service, is logging ancient groves on the Willamette National Forest as part of the Blue River Face Timber Sale. The Forest Service failed to conduct adequate rare plant and wildlife surveys for this timber sale, but has done an end run around the rules! Only a few weeks ago, the Bush Administration made it easier to log ancient forests by eliminating requirements for pre-logging wildlife surveys in mature and old-growth forests.

It is now up to volunteer citizen surveyors to locate and document rare and threatened wildlife and plants in our public forests. Citizens surveying the Blue River Face Timber Sale found what is possibly the largest known population of the rare old-growth specklebelly lichen in the Pacific Northwest. Under previous rules, the Forest Service would have been required to protect this rare habitat. Under the new rules, logging can now proceed in areas where rare species are found.

After Earth Day, this special grove of ancient trees adorned with old-growth specklebelly will be yet another clearcut. Contact the CWP for maps of the sale or to get plugged in, 434-1463.

More than 150 ancient forest timber sales could now move ahead because of new Bush policies. Several of these sales are currently being logged or are under imminent danger of being logged. Here's a sample:

Cow Catcher Timber Sale, Roseburg Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - currently being logged
Mr. Wilson Timber Sale, Medford BLM - currently being logged
Bear Penn, Medford BLM - currently being logged
Soukow Timber Sale, Medford BLM - currently being logged
East Five Mile Timber Sale, Mt. Hood National Forest - currently being logged
Papa Cow, Medford BLM - currently being logged
Hilynx Timber Sale, Mt. Hood National Forest - could be logged soon
Solo Timber Sale, Mt. Hood National Forest - could be logged soon
Borg Timber Sale, Mt. Hood National Forest - could be logged soon
Pryor Timber Sale, Willamette National Forest - could be logged soon
Straw Devil Timber Sale, Willamette National Forest - could be logged soon
East Devil Timber Sale, Willamette National Forest - could be logged soon
Peanuts Timber Sale, Umpqua National Forest - could be logged soon
Pigout Timber Sale, Umpqua National Forest - could be logged soon
Biscuit Salvage, Siskiyou National Forest - could be logged soon
Knob Timber Sale, Klamath National Forest - could be logged soon

PLEASE TAKE ACTION

The cathedral forests of the Pacific Northwest are a national treasure for all Americans. It's time for the Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation, representing the people of the Northwest and its national treasures, to step up their leadership and challenge the Bush Administration's backwards policies. The people of this nation, expert scientists and natural resource economists are all calling for an end to ancient forest logging.

YOU can make a difference, let your voice be heard! The following people are key on this issue and need to hear from you:

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) 202-224-5244
Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) 202-224-3753
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

Or call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free: 800-839-5276

Also call the Bush Administration officials in charge and let them know the world is witnessing the ancient forest destruction on Earth Day:

Mark Rey, Natural Resources and Environment Undersecretary, Dept. of Agriculture (oversees the Forest Service).  Mark.Rey@usda.gov , 202-720-7173.

Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary, Dept. of the Interior (oversees the Bureau of Land Management).
 Lynn_Scarlett@ios.doi.gov , 202-208-4203.


* Please Take Time to Write a Letter to the Editor

From James Johnston, CWP's Executive Director: I'm asking everyone I know to write a letter to the editor, and I'm hoping you can help.

Last week was the ten year anniversary of the Northwest Forest Plan, which governs management of all federal forests in western Oregon and western Washington. The Plan's done some good things, but what most people don't know is that there's 1.1 million acres of old-growth forest that is slated to be logged under the Plan in the next 30 years. Most of the coverage of the Plan anniversary totally glossed over this, and I'm hoping to get people to remind the editors that there's still a huge amount of old-growth threatened by logging (I'm enclosing a picture of a stand of old-growth that's slated to be logged on the Coos Bay BLM District west of Roseburg at the bottom).

Some of the old-growth sales we're trying to stop include the Turnridge sale (Salem BLM, east of Salem), Lemolo timber sale (Umpqua NF, east of Roseburg), East Fork Coquille timber sale (Coos Bay BLM, west of Roseburg) and Kelsey-Whisky timber sale (west of Medford).

The basic point I want to make, is that the Plan is a failure for the environment because there's still unprotected old-growth, and it's a failure for communities because the emphasis on old-growth logging creates intense public controversy and legal gridlock, which prevents sales from moving forward, and distracts from logging (thinning in young forests) that the public can support.

A complete and exhaustive list of news articles about the Plan anniversary (and where addresses or emails to send letters to the editor) is below:

Oh, and if you can do this, feel free to send me what you sent, and look for it in the paper and let me know if it gets published.

Thank you!

P.S. Letters to the editor are, in my humble opinion absolutely the best and easiest way to influence public opinion. Lots of people read them (more than you would believe). Politicians read them to see what people are thinking about. And, of course, newspaper editors read them to figure out what they should send reporters to report on.

There's more info. about the Northwest Forest Plan and old-growth timber sales at  http://www.cascwild.net/legacy/legacy.html.

Oregonian
April 14, 2004: TEN YEARS INTO THE FOREST PLAN. An editorial by the Oregonian editorial board.
April 14, 2004: US FOREST EXPERTS SAY FUTURE OF LOGGING IS YOUNGER TIMBER. An Oregonian article by Michael Milstein.
March 25, 2004: LOGGING AT A SNAILS PACE. An editorial by the Oregonian.

Letters to the editor
The Oregonian
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, Or., 97201
email:  letters@news.oregonian.com
fax: (503) 294-4193.
Limit letters to 150 words, include full address, daytime phone number.

Salem Statesman Journal
March 24, 2004: FEDS EASE RULES ABOUT LOGGING OF OLD-GROWTH. A Salem Statesman Journal article by Beth Casper.

The Statesman Journal has an online letter to the editor submission form. Visit news.statesmanjournal.com for more information.

Roseburg News Review
A really bad editorial and this ok article:
March 24, 2004: OLD-GROWTH LOG RULES EASED. A Roseburg News-Review article by the Associated Press and local reports.

Mail: The Public Forum, The News-Review, P.O. Box 1248, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-672-3321 Fax: 541-957-4270
Questions, call Editor Bart Smith, 541-957-4203
E-mail:  bsmith@newsreview.info or web: Write the Editor

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 10, 2004: ARCHITECTS OF NW FOREST PLAN OBJECT TO BUSH'S APPLICATION. A news article by Robert McClure at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
April 10, 2004: PROSPECTS LOOKING UP FOR LOGGING. A Seattle Post-Intelligencer article by Robert McClure

Letters Editor, Seattle P-I
P.O. Box 1909
Seattle, WA 98111-1909
Fax: 206-448-8184
Email:  editpage@seattlep-i.com
Website:  http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com
200 words, full name signature, phone number

Seattle Times
April 14, 2004: AS FOREST PLAN TURNS 10, TIMBER WARS STILL SMOLDER. A Seattle Times article by Hal Bernton.
April 11, 2004: OLD-GROWTH LOGGING NEARING STANDSTILL IN DRAMATIC SHIFT. A Seattle Times news article by Craig Welch.

Letters Editor, The Times
P.O. Box 70
Seattle WA 98111
Fax: 206-382-6760
Email:  opinion@seatimes.com
Website:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com
200 words, full name signature, phone number

Columbian
April 14, 2004: FORUM MARKS THE 10TH YEAR OF FOREST PLAN. A Vancouver Columbian article by Erik Robinson.
April 12, 2004: A DECADE OF COMPROMISE: TIMBER TOWNS STRUGGLE UNDER NORTHWEST FOREST PLAN. A Vancouver Columbian article by Erik Robinson.

Letters from Readers, The Columbian
P.O. Box 180
Vancouver, WA 98666
Fax: 360-699-6033
Email:  editors@columbian.com
Website:  http://www.columbian.com
200 words or fewer - more likely to appear without major cuts, full signature, phone number

San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2004: BUSH ACCORD COULD REVIVE TIMBER WARS. A San Francisco Chronicle article by Glen Martin.

New York Times
April 15, 2004: AMID A FOREST ASHES, A DEBATE OVER LOGGING PROFITS IS BURNING. A New York Times article by Matthew Preusch.
No longer than 150 words, must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers. Writers of those letters selected for publication will be notified within a week.
Email:  letters@nytimes.com
Fax: (212) 556-3622.

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036


* Eco-film Series Off and Running, Held Every Wednesday Night

The Cascadia Wildlands Project's "Second Annual Cascadian Film Series" is in full swing. There is still half the films left. Shows are Wednesday nights at 7 pm and are held in room 100 Willamette Hall at the University of Oregon. The films are free and open to the public. Print this list out and post it on your wall. Spread the word and see you there!

April 28: Microcosmos: Extra close view of a meadow on a summer day. Snail erotica 500X and much more.

May 5: One Giant Leap: Cultural documentary that captures sound, images and spoken word in 25 counties. World rhythms are intertwined with interviews of religious leaders, philosophers and tribal icons.

May 12: Natural Timber Country/Whale: Documentary of old time logging in Oregon. Footage from the turn of the century, 1930's and 1970's. The Whale is a 10 minute opener about a whale that was blown up with explosives on the Oregon Coast after beaching itself.

May 19: Baraka: Six continents and 24 countries provide exceptional footage of the balance between humans and nature.
May 26: The Great Raccoon War: Japanese anime about the struggle of a band of Tanuki (a Japanese raccoon/badger with Trickster characteristics) against the development threatening their forest. English subtitles.


* CWP Spaghetti Feed and Bingo Game Night a Success

The CWP has been brainstorming event ideas that provide a good time to all those that show up and that keep the coffers filled. On Saturday, April 17th, we hosted our first ever Spaghetti Feed and Bingo Game Night at Agate Hall on the UO campus. Who doesn't like spaghetti and bingo, all for a worthy cause? This experiment turned out to be a fun-filled evening for the close to 125 that turned out.

We played throw-the-pretzel-in-Bush's mouth, ring toss, basketball and of course Bingo. We were graced by Tom Heinl and side-kick Scott who called the games just like they do at Sam Bond's Garage each month. One event-goer won the raffle and took home a float trip for four down the crystal clear waters of the McKenzie river with CWP staffer and river enthusiast Josh Laughlin.

Of course, thanks to all the businesses and individuals that supported this fundraiser:

Holy Cow, Cozmic Pizza, Friendly St. Market, Red Barn Grocery, Sundance Natural Foods, Wild Oats, Cafeto, Royal Blue Organics/Café Mam, Grower's Market Co-op, Organically Grown Co-op, The Bread Stop, Metropol Bakery, Ruby and Amber's Organic Oasis, Sweetwater Nursery, Muslin Creek Farm, Dana's Cheesecake Bakery, Edible Improv, Action Rental, WOW Hall, Morning Glory, Cascades Raptor Center, Carol Berg. And all our dedicated volunteers, especially Tony and Mirium whose cooking can't be beat! A big thanks goes out to the CWP's Meera Subramanian, who really made this event happen.

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Cascadia Wildlands Project
POB 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463
 cascwild@efn.org
www.cascwild.org

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