Visiting the area under attack and lending a hand to the people working down there is one option, Rolf said, and he invited people to contact the Siskiyou Project if they are interested in that option. In fact, a campout is happening on the weekend of Feb. 11-13. Even if the weather is snowy, groundtruthing can be done. (That's when you hike around a timber sale to see if it is legally marked, respects stream buffers, etc.) If anyone in the area wants to lend a snowmobile for these efforts, Rolf said it would be greatly appreciated! |
Rolf knows, too, i'm sure, that a person's passion for saving a wild place often increases dramatically after seeing it in person. For example, i know that the Solo sale in Mt. Hood is not the most beautiful place on earth, as the whole watershed has been so pounded to death by logging, but because i've spent time there it's close to my heart, and as a result i've been willing to contribute time and energy to efforts to save it. The Biscuit sounds like a much more remarkable place, so perhaps be warned before you go!
The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (aka, KS Wild), which is another effort to fight the Biscuit sale that we talked about in the interview, echoes Rolf in making the following suggestion on their website:
Take action today contact Governor Kulongoski and Senator Wyden and ask them to:
- Conserve an Oregon treasure by publicly urging the Forest Service to cancel these old-growth reserve timber sales.
- Protect fish, clean water, wildlife and recreation economies by opposing logging in old-growth reserves.
- To support the permanent protection of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area in southern Oregon, one of the most biological rich ecosystems in the world.
Call or Write Today!
Senator Ron Wyden
Portland: (503) 326-7525
Washington DC: 1-800-839-5276 (capitol switchboard ? ask for Wyden?s office)
700 NE Multnomah St. Suite 450
Portland, OR 97232
Governor Ted Kulongoski
160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4707
Rolf additionally suggested contacting Representative Peter DeFazio:
Washington, DC Office
2134 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6416
151 West 7th, Suite 400
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 465-6732
Coos Bay Office
125 Central, Suite 250
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: (541) 269-2609
612 S.E Jackson Street, Room 9
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 440-3523
Toll Free (in Oregon): 1-800-944-9603
Rolf described Forest Service boss Mark Rey as "unredeemable"; that is, there's no way we're gonna convince him to do anything different. But if he gets enough heat from Congresspeople and/or the governor, he could fold. That's how politics works.
Rolf reminded us that public pressure has worked to turn back an evil forest plan before: the "lawless logging rider" (see pdx indymedia story, as posted by BARK). As stated on the siskiyou.org website, "Thanks to thousands of calls, emails and electronic faxes from people like you, Oregon Senator Gordon Smith failed to pass his lawless logging rider through Congress at the end of 2004."
Of course, when lobbying and lawsuits fail, direct action is what remains. The Siskiyou Project is not involved in organizing such actions, but if you visit the area, maybe you could hook up folks who do...
It was a real pleasure to talk to Rolf today. He's one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated and hard-working activists i've met in Cascadia. Really makes me want to do what i can to help. Give a listen to the interview and be inspired yourself!
This show is the latest in the "On the Air" web radio series, in which spArk and/or Deva interview local people involved with struggles for environmental and human justice.
This show, like previous ones, will be archived on the radio page after it is broadcast.