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Injunction Reverses Gray Wolf Delisting and Halts State Hunts / WOPR Rally Sunday July 27

Cascadia Wildlands Projects Legacy Forests Campaign Update:


July 22, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE:

* Injunction Reverses Gray Wolf Delisting and Halts State Hunts
* Hike to Crabtree Lake Aug. 2, Wassen Creek Aug. 16
* Lawsuit Challenges GW Fire Clearcutting on the Deschutes NF
* Comments Needed on Wolf Pup Timber Sale (Medford BLM)
* Lawsuit Filed to Safeguard Tongass NF Old-growth Forests
* WOPR Rally in Portland, Sunday July 27
* Injunction Reverses Gray Wolf Delisting and Halts State Hunts

On July 18, federal District Court Judge Donald Malloy in Missoula, MT, granted us a preliminary injunction that prohibits the US Fish and Wildlife Service from delisting the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the intermountain West and also halts state-sanctioned wolf hunts planned for this fall. This is not a ruling on the merits, rather a placeholder while our attorneys argue the case. Nonetheless, it is a great first step towards victory. We are being represented by Earthjustice and are joined by 11 other co-plaintiffs. The injunction ruling can be read at  http://www.cascwild.org/wildlifenews.html.

The case has major implications for wolf recovery in Oregon as the state is relying on wolves dispersing west from Idaho as outlined in the landmark 2005 Oregon Wolf Recovery Plan. Of interest, on July 21, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed for the first time in over 70 years a breeding pair of wolves in the state. The press release can be found at  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2008/july/072108b.asp.


* Hike to Crabtree Lake (Salem BLM) Aug. 2; Wassen Creek (Coos Bay BLM) Aug. 16

On Saturday, August 2, join the Cascadia Wildlands Project for a hike to Crabtree Valley on Salem BLM land. Explore this primeval old-growth forests and learn about the Bureau of Land Management's Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) and its implication on places like Crabtree. This hike is moderate and will return to Eugene around 6:00 pm. RSVP to  jlaughlin@cascwild.org or 541.434.1463.

On Saturday, August 16, join the Cascadia Wildlands Project for a hike to Wassen Creek on Coos Bay BLM land. Explore this primeval old-growth forests and enchanted river bottom and learn about the Bureau of Land Management's Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) and its implication on places like Wassen. This hike is strenuous, off trail and requires extensive bushwacking. Not for the thin-skinned. The hike will return to Eugene around 8:00 pm. RSVP to  jlaughlin@cascwild.org or 541.434.1463.

Hikes leave at 9:00 am from Kinko's back parking lot (13th and Willamette St. in Eugene). Bring hefty lunch, plenty of water, raingear, and stout boots. RSVP to  jlaughlin@cascwild.org or 541.434.1463.

A complete list of summer hikes can be found at  http://www.cascwild.org/events.html.


* Lawsuit Challenges GW Fire Clearcutting on the Deschutes NF

On August 31, 2007, the GW Fire burned 6,029 acres of public lands administered by the Deschutes National Forest. The GW Fire, near Sisters, Oregon, burned in old growth stands and riparian areas. Using a categorical exclusion that streamlines the critical impacts analysis, the Sisters Ranger District authorized the GW Fire Timber Salvage Project to log 218 acres of the only remaining old growth in the area. The Forest Service then issued an Emergency Situation Determination to recover the value of the trees as soon as possible and forego otherwise necessary public participation.

CWP filed a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. the three claims brought forward challenged the Forest Service's failure to assess compliance with the Aquatic Conservation Strategy at the site-scale and in the short-term, failure to consider the cumulative impacts of the proposed logging, and failure to comply with the soil standards of the forest plan. A decision from Judge Hogan in the District Court of Oregon is pending following oral argument that was held on July 15. The Cascadia Wildlands Project is being joined by the Sierra Club and Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project and is represented by staff attorney Dan Kruse, Chris Winter of the Crag Law Center and CWP legal interns Cadence Barkhurst and Jeremy Pyle.


* Comments Needed on Wolf Pup Timber Sale (Medford BLM)

The Glendale Resource Area of the Medford BLM is at it again with a plan to log over 2,000 acres of mature and old-growth forests in the Wolf Creek area of southwest Oregon with the Wolf Pup timber sale. The logging would occur in fire-resilient older forests, within streamside reserves, and with forests designated as critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl. Winter steelhead and coho salmon also call the area home.

Take a moment to write the BLM, stating:

1) The BLM should not be increasing fire hazards by replacing old-growth forests with dense resinous tree plantations; 2) The BLM should protect the forest canopy of streamside reserves as they are required to do by the forest plan; 3) The BLM should focus its timber management on thinning out the vast second-growth stands that it has already creating in this watershed.

Send comments to:

Katrina Symons, Field Manager
Glendale Resource Area, Medford BLM
2164 NE Spalding, Grants Pass, OR 97526
 katrina_symons@blm.gov


* Lawsuit Filed to Safeguard Tongass NF Old-growth Forests

On June 16, Cascadia Wildlands Project joined with Greenpeace to file a lawsuit in District Court in Anchorage challenging 1,700 acres of old-growth logging in four timber sales on southeast AK's Tongass National Forest. At issue is whether environmental review thoroughly evaluated the effect of the projects on Sitka black-tailed deer - a species that is key to viability of the "Islands Wolf" (Alexander Archipelago wolf). While not a plaintiff in the suit, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game has repeatedly challenged these same deer modeling flaws.

"Ancient forest logging reduces the ability of the forest to sustain deer in winter," said Gabe Scott, Alaska field representative for Cascadia Wildlands Project in Cordova. "When old-growth forests are logged, deer become more vulnerable to population collapses during hard winters, and the Tongass has had recent record-setting snowfalls consistent with climate change factors for the region. Deer are a vital food source both for residents of the region and the Islands Wolf."

Chris Winter of the Crag Law Center is representing us in the case. For more information and to read the complaint go to  http://www.cascwild.org/blog.html.


* WOPR Rally in Portland, Sunday July 27

On Sunday, July 27, from 12-5 pm at Portland's Pioneer Square (701 SW 6th Ave.), the Pitchfork Rebellion and other forest lovers are hosting a rally and music event in opposition to the Bureau of Land Management's Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) which proposes to radically increase old-growth logging and road building on public forestland in western Oregon. More information on the event can be found at  link to www.forestcouncil.org for carpool and more info on the rally.

This event kicks off the 2nd Annual West Coast Convergence for Climate Action, located near Eugene July 28-Aug. 4. The Climate Convergence is a week-long camp, temporary eco-village, carnival, conference, action-camp focusing on environmental justice and climate action. For more information go to www.climateconvergence.org .

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Josh Laughlin, Conservation 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://www.cascwild.org/donate.html. Your support makes a difference!

homepage: homepage: http://www.cascwild.org


Coverage of the Event on Community TV 25.Jul.2008 08:33

Jim Lockhart

Day Owen, one of the organizers for this event will be appearing on "A Growing Concern" tonight, 7/25/08 to discuss the issue and the event.

Live from 7 - 8:00; phones open about 7:40.

Show repeats Sunday at 10:00 on channel 23 and
Thursday, 10:00 on channel 22
Photogs from Hidaway and Shellrock Lakes
Photogs from Hidaway and Shellrock Lakes

Rally is a kick off for... 25.Jul.2008 14:23

Climate Convergence! westcoast--at--climateconvergence--dot--org

The West Coast Convergence for Climate Action!

July 28th - Aug. 4th at River's Turn Farm in Coburg (near Eugene).

The Convergence is a week long action camp, conference and temporary eco-village bringing together different generations and political/social backgrounds to confront corporate-driven climate change and social justice issues in our region. Dozens of workshops will explore issues of forests, agriculture, organizing skills and tactics, as well as sustainable living skills.

Speakers include: Louise Benally with Black Mesa Indigenous Resistance, Jane Williams with Community Coalition Against Toxins, and many more.

To view a preliminary listing of workshops, please visit here:  http://www.climateconvergence.org/west/activities/

Please RSVP here:  http://www.climateconvergence.org/west/rsvp.php !!!

More information can be found here: www.climateconvergence.org.

If you need a ride, or are driving to the event, please register for the rideshare here:  http://ccwest2008.s2.bizhat.com/


Sponsoring organizations 25.Jul.2008 14:36

Eco Advocate

Just for the record: Cascadia Wildlands Project is NOT an organizer of the rally. Sponsoring organizations are Pitchfork Rebellion, Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates, Oregon Wildlife Federation and Civil Liberties Defense Center.