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Old Growth Forests Protected in Southern Oregon!

November 9, 2006


IN THIS UPDATE:

* CWP and Allies Stop Three Old-growth Timber Sales in Southern Oregon
* CWP's 4th Annual Holiday Auction, Saturday, Dec. 2
* Comments Needed on South Pyramid and Two-Bee Timber Sales
* CWP Files 60-day Notice to Protect Oregon Chub
* CWP and Allies Stop Three Old-growth Timber Sales in Southern Oregon

This week the Cascadia Wildlands Project won two significant legal victories that have stopped old-growth logging dead in its tracks. The Cow Catcher (Roseburg BLM), Cotton Snake and Willy Slide (Medford BLM) timber sales were sold to the highest bidder without the BLM performing required surveys for the elusive red tree vole, a critter that lives its life in the upper canopy of older forests and a major food source for the endangered northern spotted owl. Instead, the BLM relied on an internal memo it generated that removed the vole from the "survey and manage" list. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act and immediately halted logging at the Cow Catcher and Cotton Snake timber sales. This decision triggered the district court decision that halted the Willy Slide timber sale the following day.

Recall, the all volunteer Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) spent considerable time climbing old-growth trees at both Cow Catcher and Cotton snake during summer 2003 locating red tree vole nests. These surveys were critical in compelling the decisions that were handed down this week. Kudos to the tireless efforts of NEST. The Cascadia Wildlands Project was joined by our allies at Umpqua Watersheds and Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center on the lawsuits and was represented by the powerful legal team of Stephanie Parent of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, Erin Madden and Marianne Dugan.


* CWP's 4th Annual Holiday Auction, Saturday, Dec. 2

What if you could do all your holiday shopping while protecting ancient forests and enjoying food from the Ring of Fire, a glass of wine, and live jazz music?
Cascadia Wildlands Project's 4th Annual Holiday Auction
Saturday, December 2 * 6-10 pm
Agate Hall, University of Oregon (18th and Agate St. in Eugene)

Enjoy heavy hors' doerves generously provided by the Ring of Fire, libations, exciting live and silent auctions, swanky jazz music, and a brief slideshow about the Cascadia Wildlands Project's recent victories protecting ancient forests and endangered wildlife. Bring your friends and get ready to explore amazing items, including a Costa Rican vacation, a Alaskan Copper River adventure, a weekend on the Olympic Penninsula, handmade driftwood furniture, a B&B stay on the McKenize River, a rafting trip for 6 on the McKenzie River, a flyfishing expedition, massages, wine, photography services, and much, much more. Hope to see you there!

Can't make it? Visit www.cascwild.org to learn about absentee bidding.
Tickets $15 advance, $20 door, kids free. For advance tickets, contact Kate at  kritley@cascwild.org or 541-434-1463 or come by our office at 1247 Willamette in Eugene.
The auction is generously sponsored by: Ring of Fire, Revolution Cycles, Emerald Valley Kitchen and Mountain Rose Herbs.


* Comments Needed Now on South Pyramid and Two-Bee Timber Sales (Again!)

Sometimes the Forest Service gets it, sometimes they don't. Back from the dead like Jason in Friday the 13th is both the South Pyramid (Sweet Home District) and Two Bee (McKenzie District) timber sales located on the Willamette National Forest. Both of these sales date back to 1998-1999. Many of you have hiked to these sales and written letters opposing them. The Cascadia Wildlands Project and Oregon Wild keep appealing them, the Forest Service keeps cancelling them and then re-releasing a beefed up version. Mature and old-growth forests are slated to be logged. Let's make sure this is the last time we have to go through this. Take a moment and send in a comment. It really helps.

South Pyramid timber sale: The Sweet Home District of the Willamette National Forest has been planning the South Pyramid timber sale since 1999, which proposes aggressive logging in 189 acres of native forest in the Middle Santiam Watershed. Much of the sale is within designated critical habitat for northern spotted owls and within the 4,100 acre Three Pyramids roadless area.

Send comments on this reckless proposal by November 29 to Michael Rassbach, Sweet Home District Ranger, 3225 Highway 20, Sweet Home, OR 97386;  Comments-pacificnorthwest-willamette-sweethome@fs.fed.us. Please bcc or send a copy to the CWP for our records.

Two Bee timber sale: The latest Two Bee proposal excludes some of the largest and hardest-to-reach areas, but still proposes logging 825 acres of mature forests near Smith, Carmen, and Trailbridge Reservoirs and Sahalie Falls up the renowned McKenzie River watershed.The Forest Service insists on logging native forests instead of focusing on needed restoration of young, managed plantations in the same area.

If you love the forests of the McKenzie River, value clean drinking water, quality wildlife habitat and high-quality recreation, please take a moment to tell the Forest Service to make significant changes or drop the Two Bee project once and for all. Write comments on this logging proposal before November 29th. Read the Environmental Assessment at  link to www.fs.fed.us. Send Comments to: Mary Allison, McKenzie River District Ranger, 57600 McKenzie Highway, McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413;
 Comments-pacificnorthwest-willamette-mckenzie@fs.fed.us


* CWP Files 60-day Notice to Protect Oregon Chub

In mid-October, the CWP and the Institute for Wildlife Protection filed a 60-day notice under the Endangered Species Act challenging the US Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to designate critical habitat and conduct status reviews for the Oregon Chub, both of which are required by the law.

The chub, a small minnow that has been on the federal endangered species list since 1993, was once distributed throughout the entire Willamette River Valley. However, due to development, off-channel habitat in the Willamette has almost completely disappeared over the past hundred years, and most of the places historically relied upon by the Oregon Chub have been destroyed.

Conducting surveys, collecting data, and compiling this information into a status review is crucial to our understanding of the Oregon chub and its needs, and it is the first step towards reversing the chub's negative population trends. The designation of critical habitat is needed to prevent further loss of off-channel habitat and to allow the Oregon chub to recover fully and repopulate its historic range. Stay tuned.

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Josh Laughlin, Executive Director
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
541.434.1463 (voice)
541.434.6494 (fax)

The Cascadia Wildlands Project is dedicated to defending the forests, waters, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.cascwild.org to learn more about wildlands issues and our leadership in the conservation movement. Become a member today at  http://cascwild.org/support/support.html. Your support makes a difference!
Credit where Credit is Due 11.Nov.2006 16:54

who knows

Actually Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center was the lead plaintiff based on the court documents.

So, maybe Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center should have posted this?
please explain.

Who payed all or most of the lawyers fees and did all the paperwork?
or was it split up evenly three ways?

NEST 11.Nov.2006 17:28

midwesterner

NEST rules, thanks y'all!!

apologies for any confusion or inaccuracies 12.Nov.2006 08:51

reposter

Cascadia Wildlands Project didn't actually post this, I apologize for any confusion; I'm on their email list, so I reposted it for them, so if you want to contact them about any inaccuracies you'll have to contact them directly -- they may not even know this was posted.

Inspiration 13.Nov.2006 06:33

David

Thanks for the burst of good energy this morning. I will turn it into positive action for change. Yes!!!

Oregon old growth stands 13.Nov.2006 07:14

David

Thanks everyone for your work on this. The legacy continues, and the good energy I feel from news such as this helps me live today day working strongly for change. It will be awesome to feel the forest floor of these areas under my own two feet some day. thanks again!