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May 16, 2016
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, 314-482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Jane Brown, Western Environmental Law Center, 503-680-5513, email@example.com
Joseph Vaile, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, 541-488-5789, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 541-689-2000, email@example.com
Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy, 202-888-7490, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kober, Pacific Rivers, 503-915-6677, email@example.com
Latest BLM Plan Increases Clearcutting and Dismantles Streamside Forest Protections for Clean Water, Salmon, and Communities
We'll be offering a couple of public hikes into the Elliott State Forest the spring/summer of 2016. The Elliott State Forest is between Reedsport and Coos Bay, and goes as far east as Loon Lake. About half of the Elliott has never been logged before, with big trees that grew back from an 1868 fire, providing valuable habitat for old-growth dependent wildlife.
The Oregon State Land Board moves ahead with the decision to sell the Elliott to a buyer, public or private, that will agree to conservation and job creation mandates. The goal of the sale is to sever the ties between the forest and the Common School Fund, which provides money for K-12 school children. While any potential new owner of the Elliott must show that it will maintain 50% of the forest open for public access, there is no guarantee of what that will entail.
Cascadia Wildlands continues to look for a creative solution that fulfills the Common School Fund obligations and maintains this magical coastal rainforest in public ownership and open to all to enjoy.
In the meantime, we want to get you out to explore the Elliott with us. Stay tuned for more details, but be sure to put June 18, 2016 on your calendar to join us in the Elliott State Forest.
April 12, 2016
Josh Laughlin, Executive Director, Cascadia Wildlands
Doug Heiken, Conservation & Restoration Coordinator, Oregon Wild
Joseph Vaile, Executive Director, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
Clean water, wildlife protections, and recreation suffer in new logging plan
“The forests and rivers managed by the BLM are essential to clean drinking water and native salmon runs. Desire has never been higher to protect these public resources, so it is unthinkable that the BLM would slash the buffers in half that protect water quality,” says Josh Laughlin, Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands.
The proposed plan would log 278 million board feet a year – a 37% increase over current annual harvest levels. Increased logging will likely have negative impacts on public recreation values and ignores the recreation-based economy in the state.
Matthew Bishop, Western Environmental Law Center, 406-422-9866, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Cotton, WildEarth Guardians, 406-414-7227, email@example.com
Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change
For immediate release
Contact: Nick Cady, Legal Director, Cascadia Wildlands, 314-482-3746; firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are deeply saddened by the difficult situation that has arisen for these Imnaha Pack wolves," said Nick Cady, Legal Director of Cascadia Wildlands. “Although the situation appears to be escalating in Wallowa County, we don’t condone using public taxpayer dollars to kill wolves on behalf of private interests.
OR-4 is one of the original alpha males in Oregon and has played a significant role in wolf recovery across the state.
"This is a particularly difficult day as OR-4 has sired an incredible number wolf pups over the years, which has fueled wolf recovery across the state,” says Josh Laughlin, Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands. “His role and that of the other three wolves should be celebrated and remembered."
Four other members of the Imnaha Pack appear to have split from this group of four, and are not being targeted, according to ODFW. The separation of the pack, and the advanced age and condition of both OR-4 and OR-39, could indicate the pack is splitting and may be contributing to the spike in livestock depredations.
Lethal control under these circumstances, like when pro-active nonlethal techniques are used to deter conflict, is contemplated in the Oregon Wolf Plan, and it appears the state has meaningfully deliberated over its decision.
More background on gray wolf recovery in the Pacific West can be found here.
Gabriel Scott, Alaska Legal Director, Cascadia Wildlands, 907-491-0856; email@example.com