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11.03.2012 08:36
Video: PGE's Cascade Crossing Open House in Portland
Portland General Electric is hosting an open house in downtown Portland to promote their proposed Cascade Crossing project. This 209 mile energy transmission corridor spans from Boardman, Oregon to the Salem area, and traverses private land as well as both the Willamette and Mt Hood National Forests. Join Bark at the open house on Tuesday, and make sure PGE knows we think this project is a bad deal for ratepayers and our public forests.

Tuesday, March 13th, between 4PM and 7PM (stop by any time)
Plaza Conference Room, Two World Trade Center
121 S.W. Salmon Street, [Portland, OR]

Find us there for questions or ideas about what you can say to PGE.

The video is an excerpt from the August 2010 Bark Hike to existing Portland General Electric (PGE) transmission lines near Mt. Hood in order to familiarize folks with what the proposed PGE Cascade Crossing Energy Corridor will look like.

Hike to Energy Corridor

See you there! Contact Bark with questions at 503-331-0374. bark-out.org


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26.02.2012 06:53
Film Screening: Greedy Lying Bastards, a Documentary Film by Craig Rosebraugh.
At the 30th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the Sunday Keynote address will be a Film Screening: Greedy Lying Bastards, a Documentary Film by Craig Rosebraugh. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Greedy Lying Bastards is a film exposing the shocking lengths the fossil fuel industry travels to insure maximum profits for exectuives and shareholders.

A trailer for the film

More information on the film

This year's [PIELC / ELAW] theme is New Frontier: The Political Crossroads of Our Environmental Future

Conference Schedule


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22.02.2012 17:28
Williams Clearcutting is in Full Swing
Small Town Endeavors to Protect its Future

The rural community of Williams in Southern Oregon is striving to prevent an imminent clear-cut on a privately owned 320 acres. This parcel is perched atop a prominent ridge in the Williams Creek watershed, located in the Applegate Valley, and serves as the headwaters for three major contributing streams. The community has united as the non-profit organization Williams Community Forest Project (WCFP) to purchase the land. The WCFP is fervently intensifying its fundraising and media campaign to procure the necessary funds and raise public awareness about the plight of our threatened woodlands. Thus far, the community has been pledged a substantial loan from a private group and raised $120,000 from grassroots fundraising.

Further information can be obtained at the WCFP website, www.williamscommunityforestproject.org, or through an inspiring ten-minute film posted at www.indiegogo.com/Wiliiams-Community-Forest-Project where direct, tax-deductible donations can be made. Donations may also be sent to WCFP, P.O. Box 36, Williams OR 97544.

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12.02.2012 07:05
Ruckus at the State Land Board Tuesday February 14
valentines day ruckus Will you be our valentine? In October, Governor Kitzhaber approved a plan that will nearly double the annual clear cut in the Elliott Rainforest, starting this year. On the 14th, the first land board meeting of 2012, the Governor will also approve the privatization of over 1,000 acres of public forest land in Southern Oregon. Privatization will leave the fate of sensitive wildlife in the hands of ravenous timber barons.

Cascadia Forest Defenders are heading to Salem on the 14th to confront the State Land Board--Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, and Treasurer Ted Wheeler-- about their direct hand in the destruction of Oregon's public forests.

Tuesday Feb 14 7:30am until 12:00pm Oregon Department of State Lands Office, 775 Summer Street, Salem!

for more info visit forestdefensenow.com
[ rides from Eugene and Portland being organized on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/246432292102522/ ]


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10.12.2011 10:12
Video: Bark Appeal for Comments on Jazz Timber Sale
bark-about Mt. Hood National Forest has released a Preliminary Assessment (PA) for the Jazz Timber Sale and comments are due by Monday, December 19th.

The Jazz Timber Sale is proposed by the Forest Service to log 2,000 acres in the Collawash Watershed, the most geologically unstable watershed in Mt. Hood. The sale would require 11 miles of roads that have been previously decommissioned to be re-opened to facilitate logging and has prevented still more miles of roads that are damaging water quality and aquatic habitat from being decommissioned while the Jazz Timber Sale has been in the planning stages.

All citizens of the United States may comment on activities which take place on public land
Comments on the Jazz Timber Sale are due by Monday at 5:00 on December 19, 2011.
To send a comment, go to Bark Jazz Timber Sale Action Page

Video - Bark Appeal for Comments on Jazz Timber Sale

December 11th Bark-About Hike to the Jazz Timber Sale starting @ 9am


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29.11.2011 07:22
2011 Mt. Hood Solutions Summit: Pacific Rivers Council
At the 2011 Mt. Hood Solutions Summit a diverse network of stakeholders were brought together to discuss the challenges and solutions for protecting this important natural resource.
Three Power Point presentations by members of Pacific Rivers Council at Mt. Hood Solutions Summit, sponsored by the forest advocacy group, Bark

Mt. Hood National Forest provides drinking water to one-third of all Oregonians and 98% of the Forest is the source of municipal water supplies. As a source of drinking and agricultural water, fish habitat, recreation opportunities, and energy production, appropriate management of this resource is critical to the well-being of Oregon's population and ecosystems.

This vital resource faces myriad threats ranging from climate change to a crumbling roads system and is the focus of much restoration work.

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28.09.2011 01:07
Oct 11: Rally to Oppose Elliott Clearcutting Ramp up and for State Forest Reform
We hope that you can block off the first half of your day on Tuesday, October 11 and dedicate it to change for Oregon's State Forests. Friends of Oregon's Forests (all of us) will be demonstrating for a new way forward. The State Land Board, made up of Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary Brown and Treasurer Wheeler, will be making a final decision on a proposed 40% clearcutting ramp-up on the Elliott State Forest.

October 11: Get On The Bus
Rally against the plan to increase clearcutting in the Elliott State Forest

We hope that you can block off the first half of your day on Tuesday, October 11 and dedicate it to change for Oregon's State Forests. Friends of Oregon's Forests (all of us) will be demonstrating for a new way forward. The State Land Board, made up of Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary Brown and Treasurer Wheeler, will be making a final decision on a proposed 40% clearcutting ramp-up on the Elliott State Forest.

A dire situation is about to get worse as the land board is expected to adopt the new forest plan that will sanction clearcutting of 850-1,000 acres of complex rainforest each year. As you know, the Elliott is a lifeboat for the federally listed marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl and Oregon Coast coho salmon amidst the Coast Range checkerboard, and stores incomparable amounts of carbon thereby mitigating the climate crisis.
Join us in Salem for a demonstration and massive showing against reckless public forest management at the land board meeting (775 Summer St., Salem). Carpools and buses will be leaving Cottage Grove, Eugene and Portland. They rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. and likely end around noon. Bring signs, banners and passion for for our state forests.

Join us in Salem for a demonstration and massive showing against reckless public forest management at the land board meeting (775 Summer St., Salem). Carpools and buses will be leaving Cottage Grove, Eugene and Portland. They rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. and likely end around noon. Bring signs, banners and passion for for our state forests. [carpool info: read more ...]

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06.09.2011 13:24
September Bark-About: Proposed Timberline Bike Skills Park
bark-about Join us this month for a hike near Timberline Lodge to discuss Bark's concerns with the proposed mountain bike trail and skills park. We will hike part of a proposed trail, discuss the process of building, maintaining, and regulating trails, as well as the impacts on this fragile alpine area. Perhaps we'll enjoy a treat at the lodge too!

Sunday, September 11th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Carpools meet at the Hollywood Trader Joe's, 4121 NE Halsey in Portland at 9am sharp. It is across the street from the Hollywood Transit Center, near the I-84 exit 2. If you are able to drive, we greatly appreciate your contribution to helping make a successful hike. If you are looking for a ride, please come prepared to reimburse your driver.


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11.08.2011 09:56
NEST seeks volunteers!
NEST climber ascends a tree - halfway up the canopy! NEST is an all volunteer group of tree climbers & wildlife surveyors who work to stop logging in ancient forests! NEST conducts wildlife surveys in timber sales, with the intention to cancel sales that are valuable habitat to rare species of plants and animals. We seek field volunteers for summer 2011!

If you would like to join NEST in the field, please contact us by email (  NESTCASCADIA@gmail.com) or phone (to be posted on the website soon!)
Thanks!

 http://nestcascadia.wordpress.com

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01.08.2011 20:20
Forest Defenders Lockdown In Oregon Dept. of Foresty Office
August 1, 2011 Mollala, OR- As a culmination of the annual Trans and Womyn's Action Camp, activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office. Three members of the camp have locked themselves together inside the office using modified pipes. Currently the trio is refusing to leave until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the 2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan. Today is the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan. Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs overseas.

Meredith Cocks of Portland, OR said, "It's absolutely devastating to walk into the middle of a clearcut in the Elliott and know that after decades of fighting for forest protection this sort of logging is still accepted on public lands. This is some of our last intact coastal rainforest, a precious place that deserves our respect, not to be decimated by the ODF."

Onsite Press Contact: Maya Andrews (413)695-2249
Offsite Press Contact: Timothy Swenson (703)994-6359 Timothy.Swenson@yahoo.com
homepage: twac.wordpress.com

Related PIMC links: [1] | [2] | 8/1/11 Jail Support needed ; 8/2/11 Everyone Out!


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28.07.2011 19:16
Video Report Back: Portland Solidarity and Action for Tim DeChristopher
Tim De Christopher Portland Solidarity and Action event supporting Tim DeChristopher sentenced to a two year Federal prison term for bidding on Bush Administration BLM oil and gas contracts, thereby stalling their sale until the Department of Justice found that the sale was illegal. The sale was eventually rescinded by the Obama Administration.

Video

This action was in solidarity with other actions across the country, including Salt Lake City Utah, where the sentencing took place.
In Portland a handful of supporters met at Pioneer Square, walking across the street to Pioneer Courthouse to hold a vigil and educate citizens about the issue.

Event Facebook Page; Event organized by Peaceful Uprising | www.350.org/take-a-stand | Activist gets 2 years prison for thwarting auction

For further information on Tim DeChristopher.

The following is an update by 350.org

Tim's Pre-Sentencing Statement - This is What Hope Looks Like | Summary of July 26, 2011 pre-sentencing Statement - "Fascist Obama's Justice Dept vs DeChristopher"


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27.07.2011 10:43
Activists blockade Elliott State Forest in Coos County
No More Clearcuts! From a media release: Early Tuesday morning a number of activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders, and Cascadia Earth First! unfolded a series of road blockades in the Elliott State Forest, located in Coos County, closing access points to timber sales along the west fork of the Millicoma River. The blockades consist of an array of Tree-sits and ground level locking devices. The activists are prepared to block logging in this sensitive eco-system for as long as necessary.

The sales are all slated for clear-cut logging, and are areas of native forest that have never before seen a chain saw. They exist on steep slopes where erosion from logging threatens to further damage Salmon habitat, as well as devastate already dwindling numbers of protected species such as the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl.

"The Oregon Department of Forestry's 2011 Implementation Plan aims to increase clearcutting in the Elliot from 500 acre to 850 acres per year," says Meredith Cocks of Cascadia Forest Defenders. "The clearcutting in the Elliot is the worst in the state. They would never allow cuts like this on federal forest." ... "Some of the biggest trees in the state and some of the last native forests are on the chopping block here in the Elliot. Oregonians would be horrified if they saw the wholesale massacre that happens in this public lands year after year," says Ben Jones of Cascadia Forest Defenders.

Please see forestdefensenow.com for regular updates on this developing situation.


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20.07.2011 18:40
Directions to Cascadia Forest Defenders Action Camp
This July activists are invited to to support direct action in defense
of a beloved, ancient coastal rainforest, the Elliott State Forest.
Under the watchful mismanagement of the Oregon Department of Forestry,
timber barons are actively razing this rare, 93,000 acre cathedral of
previously untouched wilderness. It's time for friends of Cascadia to
take a stand against the dozens of clearcuts on the table for 2011-2012.
Cascadia Forest Defenders Action Camp July 22nd - 25th 2011

This July activists are invited to to support direct action in defense
of a beloved, ancient coastal rainforest, the Elliott State Forest.
Under the watchful mismanagement of the Oregon Department of Forestry,
timber barons are actively razing this rare, 93,000 acre cathedral of
previously untouched wilderness. It's time for friends of Cascadia to
take a stand against the dozens of clearcuts on the table for 2011-2012.

Workshops will include: climb trainings, backwoods stealth and evasion,
know your rights, and anti-oppression.
 http://www.forestdefensenow.com

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16.07.2011 09:25
Earth First! Dances on Governor's Table in Tar Sands Protest.
Helena, MT - On the morning of July 12th, six activists from Earth First! and Northern Rockies Rising Tide have risked arrest by occupying Governor Schweitzer's office in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. The activists have locked their arms in a mock oil pipeline made out of PVC plastic pipe. In the wake of the Silvertip spill, Governor Schweitzer has publicly chastised Exxon Mobil, while simultaneously continuing to promote the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, megaload shipments bound for the Alberta Tar Sands and other extreme fossil fuel projects throughout the state.

"If the Governor has his way, Montana will be transformed into what is essentially an energy extraction colony for Big Oil. The Silvertip spill is simply a short preview of what this would mean for the lives and livelihood of all Montanans," says Great Falls native Peter Dolan, one of the eight occupying the office. Activists wearing "lock boxes" at office of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Activists inside the Capitol are also demanding that Schweitzer stand up to TransCanada and other international criminal organizations by publicly opposing Alberta Tar Sands exportation.

Full Story at: PeacefulUprising.org

Check out the [U Tube] video!


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11.06.2011 12:59
Field Day in the Jazz Timber Sale
Help us groundtruth every inch of the 2,000 acre Jazz Timber Sale proposed in the sensitive Collawash Watershed.

Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 am Meet us in the parking lot of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station between 11am-1pm to get maps and materials. Then head into the forest to visit units of the Jazz Timber Sale and take note of what you find there.

Find out more about the nature and importance of groundtruthing

Contact Olivia at olivia@bark-out.org to RSVP and get additional information about our Field Day in the Jazz Timber Sale.

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21.05.2011 11:58
Day of Action to Protect Mt. Hood
Proposed Xrossing near a trail in high elevation forest Join Bark in a Day of Action to Protect Mt. Hood from NW Natural's plans to resurrect the Palomar Pipeline. This Day of Action coincides with the annual NW Natural Shareholders Meeting where we've had a presence for the past three years. This year we'll have all day on-line actions at bark-out.org.

Help Bark on Thursday, May 26th to send NW Natural the message that we will never allow this pipeline to go through Mt. Hood! Mark your calendars and get ready to take a stand for Mt. Hood on Thursday, May 26th! To plug in to our in-person actions contact Olivia (olivia@bark-out.org), otherwise just visit bark-out.org on May 26th.

In March of this year Palomar withdrew its application to construct the 220-mile pipeline through Oregon, but NW Natural is scheming to bring the project back as early as next year including its 40-mile long clearcut through Mt. Hood National Forest. Visit this link to learn more about NW Naturals plans to resurrect Palomar.

www.bark-out.org


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