Get up and tell you where to go (Listen)
All this means that we cannot sit back and be complacent. We really need one more final and "larger" push before the comment period ends on December 17th. We know all of have been working so hard on this for more than six months, but in the USFWS’ current world view, “logic and proportion” do seem to “have fallen sloppy dead.” Logic needs to awakened. So please make sure that you have filed comments with us or the USFWS. And help make us "larger" by sharing this post or similar pleas with friends and family. Exert a little extra effort and give the wolves a true gift this season.
[Author's Note: Before the cards and letters start flowing, I am really not making any statements in the above about taking pills or eating mushrooms one way or another, but I am advocating engaging in the type of advocacy some of us experienced in the 1960s or are trying to encourage during these times of needed change. Be the "White Rabbit" for the wolf and I look forward to seeing many of you at the auction this coming weekend. Bob]
|Likely Scenarios and Impacts||Murrelets and Spotted Owls||Coho salmon||Elk and Deer management and hunting||Public Access|
|No Sale||Continued stewardship of listed bird habitat||Riparian corridors left intact.||Existing conditions||Open|
|Land Trust||Habitats preserved and managed for these species.||Riparian corridors left intact.||Habitat managed for these species and hunting likely.||Generally allow for access|
|Other Public Ownership||Habitats preserved and managed for these species.||Riparian corridors left intact.||Habitat managed for these species and hunting likely.||Open|
|Timber Company||Accelerated timber harvests||Riparian corridors reduced and water quality compromised by siltation and herbicides allowed under state regulations for private forest lands.||Elk, deer and bear viewed as pests and managed to reflect this view.||Varies depending upon site and company, but access is often closed or restricted.|
“Basically, Westside deer do well in varied habitats that aren’t sprayed with herbicides…” More On Western Washington Blacktail Study by Andy Walgamott in Northwest Sportsman November 19, 2012
father and mother of us all—
Storms past amputee sea stars
And oysters with half shells
Bent not on revenge but
Continue to flail unaware
Whipping wildly cross the globe.
While the waves build
And peril accumulates.
Rings and rings again
In emergency tones
But we are deafened
Made so purposely
By those whose ears
Hear but one note
Played by a golden whistle.
We certainly have those
Who claim that mantle
But bray about progress
And great voyages
Yet have never raised anchor
From a dark and destructive past.
Are cheered by those created
Expressly by their negligence.
Like cave fish they have
Lost their vision and
Discernment from disuse.
But the wave still comes
Whether seen or not.
Unled and ill-served
Until we realize the wisdom
Of the bristlecone, clams and Greenland shark.
We need to manage and serve ourselves
And think in centuries not seconds
Systems and not status
And lead our lives and loves accordingly.
In my scenario the timber industry is a little bit more like Bush senior in that they once paid fair and reasonable taxes on their private timber lands and harvests and now they do not. Then they persuaded state law makers that they should not eat broccoli too. Big timber also convinced policy makers that eating ice cream that was fed to them at great cost by parents who seemed not all that concerned that they ate it messily was the way to go. This timber and timber land taxation scenario is complicated and nuanced, but at the end of the day the taxes do not even pay for the services that are received by the timber industry and when looked at in a full-cost accounting fashion where lost ecological services and societal impacts are considered the gap between what they do pay and should pay becomes monumental. For more detailed assessment please see a report by Andy Kerr.
More reading (and listening) on O&C Lands:
This striking 39" long, mixed-media sculpture called "Between a Rock and a Hard Spot"donated by artist Stephen Braun for sale at our upcoming Wonderland Auction on December 14, 2013 is masterfully emblematic of Cascadia Wildlands work and the challenges we face. This generic salmon festooned with symbols representing human pressures—clearcuts, oil barrel, tires and hooks—is not only visually appealing but encapsulates many of the challenges we face in protecting this iconic fish. According to the artist “when hung properly the silhouette on the fish will be covered by the shadow of the viewer” hence the rock and the hard spot title as we, the viewer, are the hard spot. Thought provoking and beautiful.
This stoneware mixed media wall mounted piece is part of a series celebrating the return of wolves to Oregon by Philomath artist Leslie Green. This piece and others in this series are meant to evoke cave paintings and the beauty and wildness of nature.
This contemporary gouache on paper painting by up and coming Seattle artist Kate Vrijmoet entitled "Red Velvet Couch" (18X24 in) captures the colors of forest and forest understory–some natural and some not.
This painting by Seattle-based artist Jody Joldersma is entitled "Bird Mourns Baby Chicken." Jody draws upon her experience of growing up caught between a culturally repressive conservative suburb and the rural escapism of her Grandparent's farm.
Tim Giraudier is a Eugene-based photographer whose images of natural areas are fine art, like the photo of Waldo Lake above, and also have served as an effective conservation tools. Tim's work including some of his iconic images of the Devils' Staircase are frequently featured on our website.
Sculptor Alyssa Christine Warren was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon and tends to work in steel and random materials. She finds her inspiration in the natural world and works to highlight the intricacies of nature; bring attention to details often passed by unnoticed; play on the contrast of the natural world vs. the industrial and material world;, and to make beautiful, larger-than-life objects.
The above three watercolors are by Washington-based artist Dick Matthias who lives on the Stillaguamish River and hour east of Seattle. Small in size, they have a large impact and are inspired by the nature that surrounds Dick's home.
Photographer and former Cascadia Wildlands board member David Tvedt from Eugene contributed two photographs of two of our favorite places. The one above is of the Elliott State Forest and evokes the concept of legacy and how important it is to save these places for future generations. And the photograph below is of Crater Lake at sunset. This reflects Dave's efforts to save wilderness areas including Crater Lake and the Devil's Staircase.
Katherine Case at Meridian Press donated this framed three-color print of a quail (above) and Red Tailed Hawk (below) that is letterpress printed from hand-carved linoleum and photopolymer plates onto archival paper, each in an edition of 70, image size is 8"x10".
The oil and canvas painting (above) entitled "Diva A" was painted and donated by Eugene-based painter and muralist Hans d'Hollosy.