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Stop the W.O.P.R

The Bush Administration proposes the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) to undo protections for Bureau of Land Management-administered public forests. This latest blatant crime against the people of Oregon is even bigger than the "Salvsge rider" of the 90's and Bush's "Healthy forests initiative".

The WOPR came as the result of a sweetheart deal between the Bush administration and the logging industry. It is a stark departure from the balanced approach of the Northwest Forest Plan.

We must act before it is too late!
Old-growth forests have been identified as an invaluable source for storing carbon. Healthy large trees help to keep carbon pollution out of the air and in their trunks and soil. As climate change becomes an increasing concern, the role of old growth in mitigating global warming is essential.

BLM lands also protect water quality for communities' drinking water. Diminished protection on these lands will affect the drinking water quality for the citizens of Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, and Roseburg, among others. Many rural residents rely on springs that originate on BLM lands. If these watersheds are not protected, their water supplies could be polluted or interrupted.

The BLM plan does not adequately take into account protections provided by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Streamside logging buffers are reduced in a way that would harm water quality in streams where salmon spawn. In addition, habitat for owls and the marbled murrelet would be negatively impacted by clear-cut logging. In the Northwest Forest Plan, scientists concluded that endangered wildlife cannot be protected without adequate safeguards for old growth forests on BLM lands.

Many businesses rely on healthy rivers, fish populations, hiking opportunities and work in the woods. The commercial fishing industry depends on high quality salmon habitat. Cottage industries that harvest tree boughs for wreath making, collect commercial mushrooms, or take visitors rafting, fishing or hiking flourish on public forests in western Oregon. In addition, many businesses rely on healthy rivers, fish populations, hiking opportunities and work in the woods. The commercial fishing industry depends on high quality salmon habitat. Cottage industries that harvest tree boughs for wreath making, collect commercial mushrooms, or take visitors rafting, fishing or hiking flourish on public forests in western Oregon.

what can we do?? 27.Oct.2007 10:13

writer

Is there a website with talking points so we can send in comment letters?

Come to EnviroWeen October 31st at "It's a Beautiful pizza" 27.Oct.2007 11:12

Oregon Wildlife Federation

The Oregon Wildlife Federation is having a Halloween party to get the word out about the WOPR!

October 31st at "It's a Beautiful pizza" from 5pm to 7pm it's "Enviroween"

We will be showing the documentary "BLM: Boom or Bust" and will feature guest speakers who will tell you what you can do to save Oregon's old growth.

Following the video and speakers will be Irish folk music!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to do something that really matters?

Costumes are encouraged!

Come on down before your Halloween party!

Is there a website with talking points so we can send in comment letters? 27.Oct.2007 11:15

OWF

Comment here:
 http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/wopr/DEIS.php

Find out about public meetings here:
 http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/wopr/oct-pub-meetings.php
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Top Ten Reasons the WOPR is a Bad IdeaDocument Actions

The Bush Administration proposes the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) to undo protections for Bureau of Land Management-administered public forests. Here are the top ten reasons why gutting protections for some of our last, best old growth forest is a real bad idea:

10. Quality of life.

The WOPR proposes widespread clearcuting of public forest, which could reduce property values and the quality of life of thousands of Oregonians living near BLM lands. Over 1,000 miles of new logging road and 140,000 acres of clearcuts in the first decade alone would scar Oregon's spectacular landscape.

9. Peace and quiet.

Clearcutting of old growth forest and proposed "Off Highway Vehicle Emphasis Areas" threaten peace and quite for rural residents and visitors. Over 100,000 acres would be promoted as destinations for OHVs, most adjacent to Oregonian's private residences.

8. Clean water and salmon.

By logging near streams the WOPR reduces important protections for clean water and Pacific salmon. High quality drinking water originates on BLM lands for the citizens of Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and 70 other Oregon communities. Salmon need cool, clean water, but the WOPR would remove stream buffers that shade streams and keep sediment from the water.

7. Ancient forests.

BLM lands in western Oregon contain about 1-million acres of our remaining older forests. The WOPR would increase logging of forests over 200 years sevenfold, and threatens some of Oregon's best remaining ancient forests. Two thousand square miles of forest (an area the size of Delaware) would be put in "Timber Management Areas," where clearcutting is emphasized.

6. Wildlife and plant habitat.

Wildlife rely on BLM forests such as elk and black bear and threatened species like the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet. The WOPR would reduce protections for wildlife populations and diminish habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. An increase in noxious, invasive weeds and wildlife species is predicted under the WOPR.

5. Sustainable economies.

Healthy, protected forests are one of Oregon's most important natural assets. While rampant old growth clearcutting promises short-term economic boom to a few well-connected mill owners, an economic bust is easily foreseeable under the Bush plan as fish, wildlife and the old growth forests that they rely on dwindle.

4. Northwest Forest Plan.

The Northwest Forest Plan is a landmark agreement that private, state and federal landowners rely on to protect threatened old growth species while producing timber in compliance with environmental law. Removing BLM forests would unravel the whole fabric of the Plan and produce uncertainty for other landowners.

3. It is illegal.

The BLM cannot eliminate protection for old-growth forests, without undermining the Northwest Forest Plan and protections for threatened and endangered species and clean water. To do so, the BLM needs to violate the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts and other laws.

2. Global warming and fire.

While the Bush administration ignores climate change in the WOPR, by converting moist old growth forests into dry flammable tree plantations, the WOPR will increase the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and places communities at enhanced risk of uncharacteristic fire.

1. There is a better way.

We should protect what is left of Oregon's old growth heritage forests, and restore those forests that have been degraded. Half of BLM forests were clearcut in the past century and converted to overstocked tree plantations. Thinning small trees could offer more than 2 billion board feet of commercially valuable timber if actively thinned while preserving our last, best public lands for generations to come.

WOPR Factoids 27.Oct.2007 15:42

little bird

*Passage of the WOPR by Congress will triple the logging levels in Western Oregon.

*All three alternatives proposed by BLM will mean significant extraction of old-growth trees.

*The 2.6 million acres under BLM jurisdiction will gradually be converted to tree farms as part of "timber rotation."

*The restrictions of the Northwest Forest Plan that Oregonians cherish will be removed.

*Protections for wildlife and habitats will be removed.

*Watersheds will be seriously compromised.

*Off -highway vehicles will receive "emphasis areas" in our forests.

*Undergrowth from clear-cutting and tree plantations will increase fire danger.

*We are going backwards to the timber wars of the past rather than forward to sustainable forest management.

*BLM misrepresents the O&C Act to mean ongoing "tree harvest" -- they forget the word "sustainable" and other provisions of the act for supporting local economies, building recreation areas, enhancing watersheds, ensuring quality of life.

The WOPR is simply not necessary and will be a disaster for Oregon.

The BLM knows damm well that clearcut logging and reduction of stream buffers increase fire danger.
They can't deny these truths, but they can bury them in the middle of their 1,300-page "whopper." It is up to us -- the owners of our public lands -- to insist that federal land managers reject management options that increase fire danger over the long term.

WOPR Factoids 27.Oct.2007 15:43

little bird

*Passage of the WOPR by Congress will triple the logging levels in Western Oregon.

*All three alternatives proposed by BLM will mean significant extraction of old-growth trees.

*The 2.6 million acres under BLM jurisdiction will gradually be converted to tree farms as part of "timber rotation."

*The restrictions of the Northwest Forest Plan that Oregonians cherish will be removed.

*Protections for wildlife and habitats will be removed.

*Watersheds will be seriously compromised.

*Off -highway vehicles will receive "emphasis areas" in our forests.

*Undergrowth from clear-cutting and tree plantations will increase fire danger.

*We are going backwards to the timber wars of the past rather than forward to sustainable forest management.

*BLM misrepresents the O&C Act to mean ongoing "tree harvest" -- they forget the word "sustainable" and other provisions of the act for supporting local economies, building recreation areas, enhancing watersheds, ensuring quality of life.

The WOPR is simply not necessary and will be a disaster for Oregon.

The BLM knows damm well that clearcut logging and reduction of stream buffers increase fire danger.
They can't deny these truths, but they can bury them in the middle of their 1,300-page "whopper." It is up to us -- the owners of our public lands -- to insist that federal land managers reject management options that increase fire danger over the long term.

DAMN YOU AND YOUR "COMMENT LETTERS" 30.Oct.2007 04:13

Asshop

If you actually care about stopping these greedy bastards from destroying your world then YOU have to actually (as opposed to virtually) FIGHT BACK. Forest defense pretense has become a regular feel-good industry 'round here lately,bordering upon rivalry with formalized religion. Many folk other than the obvious "enemy" are turning a buck off the big trees falling and very few (slowly dwindling to hardly any) folk actually DO anything to make the destruction stop. Passion-driven forest defense has now devolved into market-driven forest defense pretense. One Joan Norman is worth more than a thousand of you pansy-ass comment letter writers. FIGHT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!