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Senator Wyden's BLM Clear-Cut Scheme Exposed
From the open publishing newswire: Senator Wyden is proposing to dramatically increase logging on 2.6 million acres of Oregon's BLM O & C lands across Western Oregon. One local group is exposing this scheme to Oregonians via a commercial billboard on Interstate 5 in Eugene, Oregon.
Please consider sending this image to Senator Wyden's offices once a week, once a month, or whenever you have a few moments to spare.
U.S. Senator Wyden in an attempt to appease the wealthy timber barons of Oregon and big timber dependent local governments in Lane, Douglas, Jackson, and other O & C counties, is publicly proposing to introduce legislation that would dramatically increase native forest and clear-cut logging by adopting the "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" as his preferred BLM management regime across 2.6 million acres of publicly owned BLM O & C forest lands.
The "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" are regeneration harvests or a clear-cut. Their Orwellian term used to describe these clear-cuts is "variable retention harvest" or "VRH". Several Norm and Jerry Show Projects have already been auctioned and awarded to Oregon timber barons. To View pictures of a logged Norm and Jerry Pilot Project "Buck Rising" from May 2013 go to https://picasaweb.google.com/112037980213765028264/BuckRisingUnits1And2Cut#5920273007004695746
There are several more "Norm and Jerry Projects" in the works for the Eugene and Salem BLM Districts.
If you want to help keep this billboard on I-5 or help out any other way, contact us. http://https://sites.google.com/site/ecosytemadvocates/Home/blm
Video: Rally to Save Our Public Lands
From the open publishing newswire: PORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 1, 2013 ?Holding dozens of banners and signs opposing clearcutting, more than 200 people gathered today outside the office of Sen. Ron Wyden at Portland's Holladay Park for an hour-long rally in support of policies that include responsible management of Oregon's publically owned forests.
Rally to Save Our Public Lands
"It is a false choice to suggest that clearcut logging is needed for the health of rural economies," said Randi Spivak with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the rally's organizers. "In fact, this approach will harm sustainable economies that depend on clean water, healthy fisheries and intact forests, The message sent to Senator Wyden today was clear: Don't clearcut our children's future."
Reps. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore.), Kurt Schrader (D.-Ore.) and Greg Walden (R.-Ore.) have proposed to effectively privatize 1.5 million acres of public land in western Oregon known as the "O&C" lands, turning it over to a private logging "trust" to be managed under the Oregon Forest Practices Act, where clearcutting is rampant. Sen. Wyden is currently developing his own plan for expanded logging of public lands in the western part of the state. [...]
Acts of EcoTerrorism via Spraying Poisons Continues in SW Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Jennifer and Link Phillippi, owners of the now shuttered Rough and Ready Mill in Cave Junction Oregon and Perpetua Forest Industries, seem intent on clear-cutting and herbicide spraying as much of their 70,000+ acres of land holdings in southwest Oregon as fast as possible. In the upper Illinois River valley alone there is over 1,000 acres of clear-cuts scheduled to be sprayed by Jennifer and Link Phillippi within the next 30 to 60 days that will poison ESA listed juvenile Coho salmon and rural residents.
Oregon Department of Forestry data shows that more than 125,000 acres of industrial forest lands will or have been be sprayed with herbicide poisons this year alone.
The owners of Rough & Ready Mill and Perpetua Forest Industries, Jennifer and Link Phillippi, of Josephine County Are Spraying Herbicides that Jeopardize ESA Listed Coho Salmon & Southern Oregon Families.
News: As of Today, Saturday October 5th, Perpetua sprayed poisons via helicopter in the headwaters of Draper Creek where thousands of baby Coho have barely survived the summer. Rain is expected sometime this weekend. We hope that Draper Creek is flowing now (it was not before the rain) and most of the juvenile Coho have escaped being poisoned.
A project of the League of Wilderness Defenders
The Elliott Rainforest: For sale?
From the open publishing newswire: Oregon's Department of State Lands (DSL) has announced a new proposal to sell 2,700 acres of the Elliott State Forest, to be voted on at a State Land Board meeting in December. DSL will accept comments on the proposal until September 3rd.
"In a time when the State Land Board should be taking responsibility for the mismanagement of the Elliott State Forest, they are going over the heads of the public and the courts and finding ways to manage our public lands for profit instead of conservation," says Erin Grady, an activist with Cascadia Forest Defenders.
With only two weeks left in the comment period, they have not released any details on age of stand, value of timber or potential environmental impact if these parcels are sold. "They are avoiding public process as much as possible with this decision." says Grady.
Take action! Contact Clara Taylor- firstname.lastname@example.org at Oregon's Department of State Lands and demand transparency on the issue of Elliott land privatization. Let her know that our ancient forests are not for sale!
From the open publishing newswire: Comrades, Allies, Friends! For almost three months, Cascadia Forest Defenders have been tree sitting and blockading the White Castle Timber sale - against the destruction of the remaining old forests and for the right of all living things to exist. We intend to stay until is White Castle is once more a forest and no longer a timber sale and will continue to maintain our blockades while pressuring the powers that be to back off.
We are calling out for more blockaders, tree sitters, dreamers, the malcontent, all folks of a diversity of skill sets and abilities to come join us.
As the rain begins to fall to quench the fires, we are asking you to help us do the opposite. Come out and join us. New to this whole thing? We will train you up. An old hand? Love to get your input and benefit from your experience. Whether you can only stay for a week or until the last mill is shut down, all are welcome.
This is a front in the battle for all living things!
Join us for owl surveys at White Castle
From the open publishing newswire:
Join Cascadia Forest Defenders and owl surveyor Nancy Duncan this Saturday, August 10th for a owl surveying how-to! Arriving at the White Castle Timber Sale at 8pm we will be learning how to hoot, call and identify different types of owls until 11PM. We will use this knowledge to see what sort of owl activity there is in the timber sale and report the findings. This is a rare opportunity to learn from professionals a skill that can be utilized anywhere there are owls and timber sales to be thwarted.
We will be meeting at the parking lot across from the Dairy Queen in Myrtle Creek and carpooling out to the timber sale. Rendevzous is at 7PM. The following morning we will be doing a followup on the prior nights surveys, so come prepared to camp out or be ready to get back to Myrtle Creek around midnight. There is overnight parking.
August Bark-About Hike to Polallie Cooper
From the open publishing newswire: Join herbalist Missy Rohs and naturalist Candace Larson for a hike on Mt. Hood's eastern flanks. We'll visit the recently revived Polallie Cooper timber sale--one of a series of large-scale logging proposals currently planned for Mt. Hood's north side--and we'll see firsthand why cutting down our recovering forests threatens watershed health, wildlife corridors and scenic values throughout this popular recreation corridor. We'll also hike a section of the beautiful Tilly Jane trail, learn about the ecological, edible and medicinal uses of the area's local plants, and talk about what you can do to help protect Mt. Hood National Forest.
We'll also hike a section of the beautiful Tilly Jane trail, learn about the ecological, edible and medicinal uses of the area's local plants, and talk about what you can do to help protect Mt. Hood National Forest.
Date: Sunday, Aug 11th at 9:00 am to at 6:00 pm
Please be prepared for a steep hike, with some portions off trail Bring lunch, water, and sturdy boots. The weather is very unpredictable this time of year, so don't forget extra layers of clothes and water resistant gear. To protect off-trail resources, we ask that you leave your dog at home. Also please note that we will be travelling a further afield this month, so expect to be back in Portland at 6pm.
Tree-Sit News: White Castle Temporary Area Closure
From the open publishing newswire: The Roseburg Bureau of Land Management has proposed putting up a road closure for the 15 miles of road surrounding the White Castle Timber Sale. This is directly targeted at making it more difficult for us to access and defend this land.
We have thirty days to comment on this proposed closure and we need support! We might be able to get this closure cancelled, or better yet this screwy timber sale dropped with enough public pressure. Please contact the Roseburg BLM and tell them they have no right to destroy native forests much less restrict access to it's defenders.
White Castle Temp Area Closure Environmental Assessment (pdf)
Comments can be sent to:
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Roseburg District Office
777 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
You can also contact the Roseburg BLM office directly at:
White Castle Tree-Sit: A Conversation in the Canopy
From the open publishing newswire:
How long have you been up here, and what can you tell me about being here?
I've been up here almost a month, and it's different everyday. The most interesting thing about being up here is that trees work in vertical ecosystems, as you climb you are going through areas of the forest most people will never see in their entire lives. Living at the top for such an extended period helps you understand the subtleties of life here. I never thought I would care this much about lichen.
What wildlife have you seen?
Deer visit the bottom of the tree multiple times a day. One is a mama deer with two fawns. There lots of little birds that are excited about the traverse networks. The mountain beavers rustle around and communicate at night. When I turn my headlamp on at night there are tiny white moths that try to perch on my nose. We hear owls almost every night.
Tree sit in Roseburg BLM : No more cuts on O and C Lands !
From the open publishing newswire: Tree sitters, blockaders, and the support crew have found their new home near the head waters of Myrtle Creek on O&C land in the White Castle timber sale.
They are defending 77 acres of native never-before-logged forest from Variable Retention Harvest, also known as clear-cutting. As Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild describes "The White Castle project is a cynical attempt to pass off clear-cutting century-old trees as restoration. In reality, the true focus of this project is providing cheap timber to old-growth dependent logging mills at taxpayer expense."
The White Castle timber sale contains lush native and old growth trees punctuated by flowering rhododendrons, trilliums, and wild iris amongst salal and Oregon grape. It is considered habitat for 5 pairs of endangered spotted owls, three fens and rare forest wetlands.
If you want to come out to help build this occupation please contact Cascadia Forest Defenders!
Video : Bark Extravaganza Camp Out!
From the open publishing newswire: In this 3 1/2 minute video clip, Bark announces a four-day-long camp out in Mt. Hood National Forest! We hope to provide Bark volunteers, both new and not so new, with a variety of skills in field work and timber sale monitoring, as well as opportunities to put those skills to work to protect the forests of Mt. Hood.
Bark Extravaganza Camp Out!
You are welcome to attend one or all of these events. Barkers will have a camping arrangements set up in the forest, and will arrange a carpool meet up on Thursday the 18th and Saturday the 20th. Thursday, October 18th: Groundtruth Training and Blitz Friday, October 19th: Survey and Manage in Lichen and Fungi Saturday, October 20th: BMP Squared: Post Logging Monitoring Training Sunday, October 21st: Field Work Blitz: Put your new skills to work Location will be announced soon. If you have RSVPed we will send you an e-mail with location details once they are finalized. Click here for more details and to RSVP. Email Meredith at bark-out.org to RSVP; or, for more information, call 503-331-0374. homepage: http://www.bark-out.org phone: 503-331-0374
Video: Bark Response to USFS Jazz Timber Sale Decision
From the open publishing newswire: The US Forest Service issued a Decision Notice and Environmental Assessment for the Jazz Timber Sale on September 7th, 2012. While nearly 3,000 individuals provided public comment in opposition to the Jazz Timber Sale, the Forest Service has decided not only to proceed with Jazz, but the only change they made was to increase the amount of heavy thinning to "create elk habitat."
Bark Response to USFS Jazz Timber Sale Decision>
This 7 minute video is a response from Bark by Brenna Bell, staff attorney and National Environmental Policy Act NEPA)Coordinator.
(The following is adapted from the Bark website.)
After months of waiting, the Forest Service issued its decision on the Jazz Timber Sale, and the results are shocking. The final sale puts more forest on the chopping block, admits to additional road impacts, and has no plans to monitor logging impacts on the ground.
Now, since receiving the decision, Bark has a begun review of the decision and initial impressions indicate that the Forest Service did not fully address the more than 3,000 public comments submitted opposing the project. We will provide more information after full review.
The Jazz Timber Sale would log 2,000 acres of forest, throughout 30 square miles of the Collawash River watershed. The Collawash is a tributary to the Clackamas River and is host to the last wild late run of winter coho salmon, making it key spot for the survival of this species.
ReWilding the West: Remembering Rod Coronado
From the open publishing newswire: Rod Coronado, who is turning 47 this year, is a Yaqui Pascua Indian, a writer and poet, a father, lover of nature and animals, a felon and eco-anarchist. He's the kind of guy that could tell you all about the native flowers growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk and how to make rudimentary bombs...
In 1995 Coronado was convicted on felony charges for an arson attack on a Michigan State University animal research facility, part of a string of facilities targeted by the ALF in their campaign duly titled "Operation Bite-Back." He was sentenced with 56 months but the damages to the fur industry were substantial. Aside from the direct impacts of the action he was imprisoned for, he has been credited for research and inspiration which lead to many more actions, freeing thousands of animals -mink, fox, coyotes -who actually have a fighting chance to re-wild themselves and survive upon release. Not to mention millions of dollars lost to economic sabotage, dealing a crippling blow to the whole industry.
Much of Rod's early actions took place just before the eruption of intense FBI hunts for "domestic eco-terrorists," a fear mongering term elevated by State and corporate media following the rise of the ELF. But in a West rapidly laid bleak with concrete, undergoing an extinction crisis and climate convulsion, overcrowded with bland, consumerist culture and the boredom of timid human engagement, Coronado stands as a figure, all the more heroic, and absolutely quintessential to the promise of a re-Wilded West.