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Southern Cascade Mountains

The Southern Cascades consists of incredibly diverse ecosystem types within the Klamath-Siskiyou coastal Bioregion and up into the Umpqua and Willamette Ranges.

Some of the many groups dedicated to protecting ecosystems within the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion include: Umpqua Watersheds, K-S Wild, The Klamath-Salmon Action Network, The Mazama Forest Defenders, and The Siskyou Regional Education Project, and the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters.

Another open posting websites that has pretty regular updates posted about forest defense issues in this bioregion is www.tree-sit.org

UPDATES & CALLS TO ACTION: Last updated: 3/20/04

  • Mar 17: Calpine Medicine Lake Update: Heads up to Crescent City/Coos Bay, other potential Calpine LNG targets... Calpine, the ENRON spin-off corporation is given the green light by Bush appointed judge and right wing big business supporter congressman Wally Herger to drill sacred Medicine Lake for geothermal. Most of the energy from Medicine Lake would likely be exported to Reno/High Desert State Prison (Susanville) spotlights. This drilling process would release underground hydrogen sulfide that would contaminate the healing waters of the lake.
  • Mar 17: Humboldt Bank to be acquired by Oregon's Stumpqua Bank Six months from now, "Humboldt Bank" signs will come down on the company's nine branches in Humboldt and Mendocino counties and be replaced with "Umpqua Bank" signs. The same thing will take place at Feather River State Bank, Capitol Valley Bank and Tehama Bank, all of which were acquired by Humboldt.
  • Feb 29th 2004: Hike To Coquille T.S. near Roseburg: BLM proposes to clearcut 600 acres of mature and old-growth forests in the Oregon Coast range. The oldest forest to be clearcut has trees over 425 years old, more than 200 years older than our nation. More info at: Coos Bay BLM website and Umpqua Watersheds.
  • Feb 24th '04: Wild Siskiyou Call-In Day
  • Nov 20th: Shock & Awe Logging of the Biscuit Fire in the Siskiyous: The Bush Forest Service is planning to log up to a billion board feet of trees from sensitive, Biscuit-fire affected forests in southwestern Oregon's Siskiyou Wild Rivers area. This no normal timber sale. In fact, this could be the single largest logging operation in the history of our National Forests. This scheme would drive chainsaws into the heart of the largest unprotected roadless areas on the Pacific coast between Canada and Mexico, threatening tens of thousands of acres of wild roadless forests. Quickly becoming the most controversial forest battle in the nation, your help is needed to stop this monstrous, extreme logging scheme.
  • Nov 4th: The November 7th hearing to decide on how the forest service will have to comply with the successful ONRC lawsuit alleging that the USFS failed to comply with survey and manage guidelines in many sales, including Straw Devil, Solo, and Borg, is now scheduled for Wednesday Nov 12th at 11 AM.
    Judge King's decision on the merits is at: http://www.onrc.org/press/ONRCv.USFS.pdf
    The earlier ONRC press release on the merits is at: http://www.onrc.org/press/077.oldgrowth.html
  • November 1st, Ashland Action: "Back to the Wall"Activists drew attention to the fact that the Medford BLM Bear Pen Timber Sale faces opposition when 3 activists were arrested October 17th at the blockade set up to call attention to this egregious timber sale on federal land in the Cow Creek drainage.

    Back to the Wall Nov 4th report: "Back to the Wall" chapters from Portland, Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, and Ashland all participated in what turned out to be a "victory" party when our large presence forced the forest service to lift the "closure" that had resulted in 3 arrests two weeks ago. We were met by two 'security personel' whose trucks blocked access to the site, but who promptly removed their blockade upon seeing the large number of people who arrived to protest the sale."

Klamath-Siskyou Wildlands Center (K-S Wild)
This group works to protect and restore the outstanding biological diversity of the Klamath-Siskiyou and south Cascadian Ecoregions of southwest Oregon and northwest California. They use environmental law, science, education and collaboration to help build healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities.

KS Wild also participates in regional and national campaigns, such as the Oregon Wild Campaign, the National Forest Protection Alliance, national monument designations, carnivore recovery campaigns, and local watershed campaigns in Ashland, Williams, Selma, and the Little Applegate Valley. This happens through petitioning species for the Endangered Species List, participating in the Adopt-A-Wilderness program, and providing information to the public about these issues through mainstream and alternative sources. From the K-S Wild website: "The entire Klamath-Siskiyou eco-region is a critical refuge for wild nature, and has been described as an 'area of global botanical significance' by the World Conservation Union...Like many other once wild places, the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is being irrevocably damaged by timber sales, mining, cattle grazing, road construction, and other destructive practices.

Recent Klamath-Siskyou updates:
Shock & Awe Logging in the Siskiyous in the Biscuit Fire ancient connectivity Corridor with roadless forests
From the newswire Fri, 17 Oct 2003 Swanson-Superior and the Medford BLM get two harsh blows in one day!:

The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) won a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) for the King Wolf timber sale in the Glendale District of the Medford BLM, with a hearing has been set October 28, 2003. The basis of the lawsuit is that the Medford BLM sold more than half the volume that they said they would to Swanson-Superior.

Groups dedicated to protecting ecosystems within the Umpqua-Willamette bioregion include: Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD), Cascadia Wildlands Project (CWP), Umpqua-Watersheds, Inc. and Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC). Umpqua-Watersheds. CWP, and ONRC all work towards permanently protecting forests through legislation and holding the Forest Service accountable by making sure environmental laws are upheld.

Cascadia Forest Defenders
The Cascadia Forest Defenders is an all-volunteer group dedicated to defending and preserving the public forests of Cascadia while also challenging the patriarchal system that seeks to destroy ancient forests. CFD maintains tree-sit campaigns at timber sales in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests as a last line of defense after all the legal channels are exhausted. CFD also tries to cancel timber sales through education, outreach, monitoring and direct action. The ultimate goal of CFD is to end commercial-style logging on public lands through a variety of direct action/civil disobedience tactics, education, monitoring, and outreach.

These folks are currently challenging over 50 controversial timber sales in this region. Sales such as Turnridge, Straw Devil, East Devil, Pryor, South Pyramid, Clark, Winberry, Lemolo, Upper North/Warm Springs, and Blodgett, which target roadless areas, municipal water supplies and native and old-growth forests, will be logged in the next year without grassroots efforts.

Sampling of current campaigns

Blodgett - The sale is located in the Cottage Grove district of the Umpqua National Forest. Local citizens in Cottage Grove had become fed up with getting the run-around from the forest service and Congress when trying to save their watershed. They concluded their only recourse was to seek the assistance of the Cascadia Forest Defenders. Blodgett is a replacement volume sale sold to Roseburg Forest Products. The sale has had a tree-sit campaign since June 2002. October 15 '03 update: "USFS and Roseburg Forest Products conspire to cut old growth in Umpqua Natiional Forest but forest defenders caught wind of the secret deal and resist with road block. The forest defenders had to give up their position and logging began the following day. With heavy rains falling the logging goes against even USFS recommendations. Their plan is to finish logging by November, but with the rainy season well underway even more damage than usual to the environment of the beautiful Brice Creek Watershed is to be expected."

Straw Devil/Pryor/East Devil - Logging began at this trio of sales in October 2002. Starfire Lumber of Cottage Grove is the purchaser of the Straw Devil Timber Sale, and Roseburg Lumber Co bought East Devil and Pryor. These sales are located north of Diamond Peak Wilderness and east of Bunchgrass Ridge/Warner Creek. Several of the timber sale units are within roadless areas and contain pristine native old-growth forests. RFP is hearing loud and clear from forest advocates that logging at these sales will not come easy. These sales are definitely a top priority for forest defenders in this region. Complex Structures have been set up by the forest defenders currently occupying Straw Devil, which was originally dedicated in late March, 2003 to the memory of a lost forest defender, Sparrow. In early July, 2003, an All Womyn Action Camp, occupation, and tree-sit was set up to defend the remaining units in the Straw Devil Timber Sale.

In October 2003, an ONRC lawsuit won an injunction, temporarily stopping logging in several sales in the Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests. The judge will decide the final fate of these sales November 7th. For now the injunction has stopped logging in Straw Devil, East Devil, and Pryor sales in Willamette NF, and Solo, Clark, and Borg in Mt. Hood NF. March 2004 Update: These sales were put Back on the Chopping Block, with the comment period ending March 18th, 2004.

During the past two summers, citizen surveys found emperiled species of flora and fauna in both these National Forests. Using this and other evidence, the judge was able to see that the Forest disService has failed to comply with the terms set out in the Clinton-era Northwest Forest Plan requiring the agency to "Survey and Manage" for wildlife before making decisions about forest "management" in these sales. It is still uncertain whether this is enough for the judge to permanently stop logging in these sales. Stay tuned!

For more info and background on CFD's campaigns go to: www.forestdefenders.org
Email: forestdefenders@tao.ca
CFD PO Box 11122; Eugene, OR 97440 (541) 684-8977

Cascadia Wildlands Project
The Cascadia Wildlands Project (CWP) is dedicated to defending the forests, waters and wildlife of Cascadia by monitoring environmentally destructive projects and educating, organizing and agitating for a more compassionate and responsible relationship with the ecosystems of our bioregion. They take aggressive, no compromise stands against logging, road building, mining and other unsustainable resource extraction activities in wild places

Many issues faced by southern cascadia forest defenders last year and in the future are described in detail in their Spring 2003Cascadia Quarterly newsletter. Their Legacy Forests Campaign aims to permanently protect the mature and old growth forests of Cascadia in Washington and Oregon; These forests are threatened by the Bush Administration's intentions to gut the environmental protections established in the Northwest Forest Plan. The October passage of the Bush Administration's "Healthy Forest Initiative" promises to further erode environmental protections by restricting citizen input and survey and manage requirements.

NEST Survey Team - A group of activists in the forest in 2003, took on a new tactic to preserve forests surveying for rare species. In 1999 forest service was forced by a lawsuit to survey for rare species listed in the Survey & Manage guidelines of the Northwest Forest Plan. Activists realized how inadequate the government surveys were and started performing their own surveys. Information is collected and turned in to the forest service for verification. This tactic has been successful but has recently come under attack, as is anything that stops trees from being slaughtered. The timber industry and the government recently came to an agreement to weaken the protections under Survey & Manage. In the meantime activists have continued their work to preserve habitat for species such as the red tree vole, and several species of fungi, mollusks and lichens. It is unclear what affect the S&M changes will have on injunctions currently in effect using the S&M guidelines as the basis for these injunctions preventing logging on sales in the Willamette & Mt. Hood National Forests filed by ONRC.


Red Cloud Thunder Campaign:

Fall Creek - In April 1998 activists put their bodies directly in front of the machines of destruction and successfully halted any further logging at this sale. The Fall Creek Tree Village at the Clark timber sale has been going on for almost 5 years and continues to be one of the longest running direct action campaigns in US history. Activists also helped reduce the sale from 96 acres to 29 acres due to finding red tree vole nests which require a 10-acre protective buffer (scroll down to Survey Team info).

Please call and/or write to the purchaser of the sale and the forest service to help get the rest of this sale cancelled!

Jim Hallstrom, Zip-O-Log Mills PO Box 2130; Eugene, OR 97402 541-343-7758 For more info and background on this campaign, go to: http://www.efn.org/~redcloud/ and for recent updates, keep checking in to the tree-sit.org open posting website.

The Mazama Forest Defense (MFD), based in Ashland, Oregon, was formed to resist the Replacement Volume Program (RVP) that grew out of the 1995 Salvage Rider timber sales. Organizing around the Peak timber sale, located in the Rogue River National Forest, MFD defended the old growth forest while educating the public about the "replacement volume" scam, which gave timber companies old growth forests when they couldn't log second growth forests on the coast because of the endangered Marbled Murrelet. There are other replacement volume timber sales on the chopping block in Southern Cascadia, as well as numerous other old growth timber sales.

MFD is a non-hierarchical, consensus-based organization working to eradicate racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression. MFD is committed to preserving and maintaining the integrity of remaining native and old growth forests in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.

Mazama Forest Defense

Siskiyou Regional Education Project(Siskiyou Project)
The Siskiyou Project uses innovative education programs, on-the-ground conservation work and proactive campaigns to protect the Klamath-Siskiyou region. The Siskiyou Project is currently sponsoring a campaign to protect the world-class Siskiyou Wild Rivers area.

Siskiyou Project - Campaign Office
917 SW Oak, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 222-6101

Deep South Cascadia

Medicine Lake geothermal energy drilling project will decimate Sacred Tribal Land...
In this mountainous area with more wild roadless acres than people, there is no one group organized for action, but there are a few committed people who need a lot more help! Without well-organized and supported resistance, huge areas are defenseless. Right now, sacred Modoc, Shasta, and Pitt River tribal land in a roadless area faces desecration by the Medicine Lake geothermal plant. And in some of the wildest country left in America surrounding the free-flowing Salmon River, last refuge of the Chinook, 2500 acres of old-growth forest and sensitive terrain will be logged unless we act right away. (See following section for more info.) If this speaks to you and you want to get involved in protecting the Southern Cascades and Klamaths, email: regina@kswild.org or call 541 952-0126.

The Medicine Lake Caldera is a magical area held sacred to many of the Northern California and Southern Oregon tribes and a rare refuge for the wild in the scared landscape of the Southern Cascades and valleys of the Klamath Projects.

Partially due to the "energy crisis" they helped manufactured, Calpine corporation has approval to begin turn this landscape into an industrial wasteland of power plants, toxic slumps, large roads and at least 38 miles of clearcuts for 1000 feet wide power lines. This will all be paid for with taxpayer money and sold back to us as "green energy".

In November 2003, Calpine announced that they would be doing no exploratory drilling due to the lawsuit that has been filed by the affected tribes and environmental groups in Southern California.

In the spring of 2004 Environmental Groups lost the lawsuit that would have stopped development of these sacred lands by Calpine corporation. Judge David Levi, a Bush I appointee, denied the claims on all grounds for the Fourmile Hill lawsuit heard last September. Issues ranged from our challenge of the validity of the leases that were issued and renewed with little or no public input, to cumulative environmental impacts of multiple projects on the pure water, air, Native American cultural values and the exquisite natural setting of the Medicine Lake Highlands. The attorney at Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Deborah Sivas, representing the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, Pit River Tribe, and Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense-is currently evaluating issues for an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

stUmpqua Bank Boycott: The owner of Roseburg Forest Products, Allyn Ford, is also the Chairman of the Board of Umpqua Bank, the largest bank in Oregon, and growing. Given Mr. Ford's insatiable appetite for public lands timber sales in this region, a campaign against him and his cohorts has been growing. A boycott against stUmpqua Bank, including regular protests at bank branches statewide has been a rallying point for forest advocates across the state because of its ties to forest destruction. Allyn Ford was recently named Most Wanted Eco-terrorist by the Earth First! Journal due to his insatiable appetite for old-growth trees on public lands.

In March 2004, it was learned that Humboldt Bancorp is being acquired by Umpqua Holdings Corp., parent company of Umpqua Bank, Oregon's largest community-based bank.

Contact Allyn Ford and tell him to stop logging on public lands! He currently holds contracts to log over 20 timber sales in Oregon including Winberry, Blodgett, Pryor, Canyon East (formerly called East Devil) and Straw Devil.

Allyn Ford
Roseburg Forest Products
PO Box 1088
Roseburg, OR 97470