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Save Mike's Gulch in the Kalmiopsis Wildlerness! Get on the bus this Sunday!

The day has come. The purchaser of Mike's Gulch, the massive timber sale located in the South Kalmiopsis inventoried roadless area adjacent to the world-renowned Kalmiopsis Wildlerness, has filed his required 7-day notice to initiate logging. Logging will commence on Monday the 7th. The stakes are high. This would be the first inventoried roadless area sale to move forward since the popular Clinton-era roadless rule was enacted. We aren't going to sit silently and watch a slice of our American heritage be clearcut.
Clear you calendars, play hooky and join Back2theWall and the Cascadia Wildlands Project in a strong
show of opposition to this reckless proposal and support of wild Siskiyou protection. We will be joining forces with many different conservation groups, community members and supporters at the Siskiyou Forest Supervisors office (where all the big decisions get made) at noon on Monday, August 7.
The bus named Cool will be leaving Portland on Sunday August 6th at 01:30 pm and we will be camping near Medford and then returning to Portland Monday evening following the protest and a carpool in Eugene leaves from Kinko's back parking lot (13th and Willamette St.) at 5 pm on Sunday.
Come prepared and self-sufficient.

Call Joe Keating to reserve a place on the bus!
(503) 234-2613
or Steve at
(503) 772-3164

PS Below is a call to action by concerned neighbors in the Siskiyou.
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Bush Orders Roadless Logging in Oregon
First in the Nation Since 2000

August 7th is now cast as a dark day for America's forests and the people who love
them. For the first time since 2000, loggers will begin felling ancient forests in
a formerly protected roadless area.

We must stand up to oppose it!

After years of tireless work by millions of Americans on behalf of wildlands, in
January 2001, the Clinton Administration put in place a regulation protecting 58.5
million acres of roadless National Forests.
These areas are the cream of the crop of pristine, otherwise unprotected wild
places: some of the biggest trees, the wildest rivers, and last refuges for
endangered wildlife.

Ever since, the Bush Administration has been working to undo these protections in
order to log, mine, and drill these precious areas. Bush gets his way on August 7th,
when logging begins in Mike's Gulch, located in the extraordinary South Kalmiopsis
Roadless Area of the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest.

A massive protest to decry this precedent-setting destruction will take place at the
Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest Service office, 333 W. 8th St. in Medford at
noon on August 7th.

Our message is "Roadless is Priceless." T-shirts bearing this message will be
available. In addition, please bring the following props: Oregon State flags,
potted baby trees, colorful signs and costumes.

After the rally, all who choose to are invited to participate in a peaceful act of
civil disobedience. We plan to express our discontent with Bush forest policy by
staging a peaceful sit-in or simple line-crossing. Details will not likely be
worked out until the morning of the 7th but all are welcome to participate on that
day.

This event is designed for the whole family. Please bring everyone you love. Car
pools are planned from Eugene, Portland and the llinois Valley.


Roadless areas around the country are now under threat of destruction. Mike's Gulch
happens to be the very first to fall under the axe. We need to send a strong
message to fellow U.S. citizens and elected officials around the country to make
sure that this policy ends immediately.

We will try to keep updates posted at www.o2collective.org.


The Governor

The Bush Administration claims that governors are allowed to petition for protection
of roadless areas in their states. The petitions are not due until this Fall. The
Administration promised interim protection for all roadless areas pending review of
those petitions. The Administration has broken this promise at Mike's Gulch.


Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowski has called repeatedly for full protection of all 1.9
million acres of roadless Oregon forest. Ignored by the Bush Administration he is
now suing the Administration in federal court. This and several other suits that
might again protect Mike's Gulch are still pending. Nonetheless, logging is moving
forward.

The Governor is holding an open hearing on roadless forest protection in Medford on
August 16th. Please plan to attend this event as well.

Mike's Gulch

The area was burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Like many areas at Biscuit it is in
full natural recovery. A study this year showed that natural restocking levels for
conifers meets Forest Service guidelines. Another study recently showed that
logging retards natural recovery and increases the threat of future fires after
logging operations.

The area to be logged is on steep slopes and sits above the Wild and Scenic Illinois
River. That river is world-class salmon habitat. The sale area is filled with
wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife.

The South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area is Oregon's largest. Logging may disqualify this
area and surrounding areas from future protection as Wilderness.

Other Roadless Destruction Coming

The Bush Administration has just announced that it will sell a second roadless area
off to loggers. The Blackberry sale, in the North Kalmiopsis Roadless area is set
to be auctioned on August 4th, once
again at the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest Office in Medford.

Meanwhile roadless logging is planned this winter in New Hampshire, Minnesota,
Wyoming and elsewhere. The Administration is also moving aggressively to grant
permits for oil and gas exploration in roadless areas in Colorado.