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Spotted Owl recovery hearings, Roadless protection - Call Wyden!!

What's New:

~You're Invited to the 2nd Annual Mount Saint Helen's Weed Rodeo (coming up this weekend)
~Show up to Hearings at the end of the month to Demand a strong Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
~Call Senator Ron Wyden to ask him to co-sign Roadless Legislation
2nd Annual Mount St. Helens Weed Rodeo
Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate and protect 27 years of natural recovery following the May 18, 1980 eruption.

What?: The "Rodeo" is a volunteer event to remove scotch broom and knapweed—two invasive, noxious weeds from areas near our Visitor Centers northwest of the volcano.

When?: Saturday, May 19, 2007. Registration begins at 9:30 am, and the work party will continue until 3:30 PM. At 4:00 p.m. following the "weed pull", there will be a tour of Johnston Ridge Observatory with Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen with an opportunity to view and learn about the volcanic crater and growing lava dome.

Who?: Volunteers are needed to come out and join in the fun! Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle(s), work gloves and wear sturdy boots. Please come dressed for "rain or shine" weather.

Where?: Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center, MP 43 on State Route 504 east of Castle Rock—SR504 is located at Exit 49 on Interstate 5. We'll all Meet in the parking lot in front of the Visitor Center .

How?: The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) is partnering with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, the USDA Forest Service, and SW Washington schools to organize this event. MSHI is also seeking participation and sponsorship by area businesses and service clubs.

Why?: Because we care about the health of our volcano and public lands! Noxious weeds can displace native plants, delay natural vegetation development and are potentially harmful to wildlife.

What's Next?: The Mount St. Helens Institute will be hosting volunteer weed pulls, trail projects and other volunteer opportunities this spring and summer. Find out how you can get involved! For information contact  info@mshinstitute.org or call (360) 449-7887

To sign up - Please send the Institute a Weekend Project Volunteer Information Form. The form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

 link to www.fs.fed.us

I hope you can make it! You can sign up for this weekend's Weed Rodeo by calling or e-mailing Julia at 503-221-2102 x103 or  julia@gptaskforce.org (or you can just show up if you decide to attend at the last minute). There will be a car pool heading up to the rodeo starting in Portland —just let me know if you need a ride or would like to offer a ride.

Help Needed: Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan in Jeopardy!

Please attend a hearing and help us send a strong message that shows we care about protecting spotted owls and ancient forests.

In Portland the hearing is:
Wednesday May 30th 2007
At the Oregon Convention Center ,
Portland Ballroom
777 NE MLK Blvd.
6:30-9:30 PM

In Olympia :
Thursday May 31st 2007
St. Martin's University
Worthington Conf. Ctr.
5300 Pacific Ave., SE
Lacey, WA 98503
6:30-9:30 PM

The bush Administration interference in the science could rollback more than a decade of protection for the ancient forests owls depend on for their survival. We're fortunate to live in a place that still has rare ancient forests, which are part of our northwest outdoor heritage and we should protect what we have left for future generations to enjoy.

This plan rolls back protection for ancient forests in the Northwest that spotted owls need to live, please attend a hearing and/or help us send a message today!

The draft recovery plan can be found at  http://www.fws.gov/pacific/ecoservices/endangered/recovery/plans.html.

Hard copies and CD's the draft recovery plan will be available by request by calling 503-231-2194

Send comments to:
NSO Recovery Plan
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services
911 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

Or e-mail:  NSOplan@fws.gov

Talking Points:

~This bush Administration's interference in the science could rollback more than a decade of protection for the ancient forests owls depend on for their survival

~We're fortunate to live in a place that still has rare ancient forests. Ancient forests are part of our Northwest outdoor heritage and we should protect what we have left for future generations.

~Ancient forests are sources of clean drinking water and salmon runs and provide a home for countless rare animals and plants, some found nowhere else on earth.

~The Bush Administration's actions are aimed at dismantling a landmark agreement made in the mid-90's that protected some of America 's last remaining ancient forests.

We need to show a landslide of support for protecting this rare species that depends on keeping our pristine wild places protected. Even though it has been 15 years since the Spotted Owl was listed it took them this long to come up with a draft recovery plan—regardless of over a decade to something, the federal government has failed to implement a plan that helps the Spotted Owl recover. Now is the time to demand that a decent plan is created, based on sound science, to bring the Spotted Owl back from the brink.

Bring yourself, friends, family, and even coworkers to make sure we show the government that ancient forests and the wildlife that depend on them are still important to all of us.

Help get Roadless Protection back into Legislation

It is expected that next week a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives will introduce legislation to codify the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

We have a short window of opportunity to reach out to Senators, so the time is now to encourage your Senators to join on to this important conservation measure - The Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2007.

Securing the sponsorship of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is of utmost importance. As the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, his endorsement is critical, and his absence would be notable. In the past, Senator Wyden has been an outspoken supporter of roadless area conservation, and a previous cosponsor of the bill- but at this point has not cosponsored this year's legislation.

Please call, fax and email Senator Wyden today (sample below) and ask him to cosponsor The Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2007.

Phone: 202-224-5244
Fax: 202-228-2717 (DC) and 503) 326-7528 (state)
Email:  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Don't forget the RSVP Deadline for the upcoming Gifford Pinchot Task Force Ten Year Celebration and Silent Auction is coming up on May 28th. For more event details you can visit our website at www.gptaskforce.org, or you can call or e-mail me at 503-221-2102 x103 or  julia@gptaskforce.org.

Happy Spring!


Julia DeGraw
Outreach Coordinator
Gifford Pinchot Task Force
917 SW Oak St. Suite 410
Portland, OR 97205
P: 503.221.2102 Ext. 103
F: 503.221.2146


homepage: homepage: http://www.gptaskforce.org